2024 Visitor Guide (download) + Useful Information

Our Winter 2024 Visitor Information leaflet is now available. Download a copy here: Side 1Side 2.

You can also pick up a free copy in venues and locations across Buxton, the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Here, find out everything you need to know in case of an emergency, from healthcare to useful phone numbers, as well public access computers and local tourist information resources.

The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK.

NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment, except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK.

The UK government strongly advises visitors to take out appropriate travel insurance for the duration of your trip to cover any medical expenses.

If you’re visiting from Europe, make sure to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital – find out how Brexit may impact EHIC cards.

Emergency services

Buxton Hospital has a Minor Injuries Unit, open Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10pm. The nearest Accident and Emergency is located at Macclesfield District General Hospital, approximately 12 miles away. Stepping Hill Hospital in Hazel Grove also has an Accident and Emergency located 15.5 miles away.

Emergency Contacts

Call 999 (Ambulance, Fire & Police) – in an emergency
You should only dial 999 in the case of a serious emergency.

Non-Emergency Contacts

Police non-emergency: 101
Call 101 for general enquiries or to report an incident that does not require immediate attention.

NHS 111 Service: 111
Use the NHS 111 service if you need urgent medical help/advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Dental Care

If you think you need urgent dental treatment:

  • Call the dentist you are registered with
  • Use the NHS 111 online service if you cannot contact your dentist or you do not have one

Lightwood Dental Care, on Hartington Road, Buxton is a private practice and can potentially take emergency patients who are not currently registered with them – depending what the issue is. This practice does not operate under the NHS. Treatment is paid for either per treatment and/or via a private insurance plan.

T: 01298 27077

Taxis in Buxton

Allied Taxis, T: 01298 72123

Tik Tac, T: 01298 70333

Buxton Radio Taxis, T: 01298 23457

A-Z, T: 01298 24455

A Cabs Taxis, T: 01298 70423


Buxton is a beautiful place to visit what ever the weather or season. To find out the latest forecast for Buxton and the Peak District ahead of your visit, go to buxtonweather.co.uk. This comprehensive website provides live, up to date forecasts and is updated daily. Traffic reports such as road conditions, accidents and other local issues relating to roads are also published as well as significant weather events, eg. during winter when snow and ice can cause road closures.


Free Wi-Fi is available in many of Buxton’s cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants. Public computers with internet access are also available at Buxton Library.

Buxton Visitor Centre

Buxton Visitor Centre is staffed by an experienced and knowledgeable team who possess a fantastic knowledge of Buxton and the surrounding area. The team can help you plan your trip and offer tourist information on Buxton, the High Peak and the Peak District area. They can also help with information on local events and where to find information online during your time in Buxton. There is a wide range of local information leaflets here as well as free town maps and town guides. A range of souvenirs and exclusive stylish gifts are available in the Gift Shop.

Exploring the Peak District and Derbyshire

Visit Peak District and Derbyshire is the areas official tourist board and their website and social media channels provide information on everything from the very best things to do and not to miss, attractions, local events, best activities for all the family, places to stay, food and drink and an overview of towns and villages in the region.

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