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Buxton Crescent

Buxton Crescent

Renaissance of a historic landmark

Buxton Crescent is the reincarnation of two once-upon-a-time, grand and gracious hotels, well known throughout Georgian England as the premier resting place for stylish spa seekers who came from all over the country to bathe in the thermal waters of Buxton. 

It became a spa destination in Roman times, when a settlement was built around a clear, warm-water spring that still sends up more than one million litres a day from the original source underneath the Buxton Crescent.  

The Crescent, designed by John Carr of York, houses the hotel and spa and is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in England. This makes staying in this 18th century building, together with chandeliers, painted ceilings, stained glass windows and fluted columns, feel more luxurious. 

In a historic setting, Buxton Crescent offers traditional hydrotherapy, luxury spa treatments, lifestyle programmes and healthy cuisine, all the five-star amenities that discerning health travellers look for. 

Its position in the heart of Buxton means that visitors can also explore a year-round programme of activities within the town and the Peak District.   

  • Spa Center
  • Pool
  • Wellness Services
  • Fitness
  • Air Condition
  • WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meeting Rooms
  • 24h Reception
  • Accessible Access
  • Non-smoking
  • Pet Friendly

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Thermal Waters that attracted the Romans

Buxton’s long, yet intermittent, history as a spa resort began when Roman conquerors discovered warm bubbling springs right underneath what is today the Buxton Crescent, the town’s leading spa break destination. As a result, this spa town has been a focus of aristocratic patronage and health pilgrimage for much of its 2,000-year history. 

  • Mary Queen of Scots came to ‘take the water cure’ to treat her rheumatism. 
  • One of England’s richest men, the 5th Duke of Devonshire, commissioned The Crescent, an exquisite example of Georgian architecture. 
  • Today’s extensive restoration puts the town back on the heritage spa trail. 
  • The thermal waters are now integral to an extensive, holistic spa and wellness programme for visitors.  

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Thermal Waters and Holistic Programmes

Buxton Crescent hotel offers a wide range of treatments, from Traditional beauty therapies to wellness and holistic treatments. Choose from one of the 3 pools, the impressive indoor-outdoor rooftop pool, the relaxation pool, with its atmospheric dark ceiling pierced with shafts of natural light, or the fully refurbished Victorian baths with many original features, which is filled daily with Buxton’s thermal water. 

  • Natural restorative properties of thermal water 
  • Comprehensive spa packages, and individual treatments 
  • Spa leisure and relaxation facilities 

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Rooms steeped in more than 200 years of history 

All Buxton Crescent rooms combine modern comfort with classic elements: some even have four-poster beds and freestanding baths with views through wooden sash windows over the steep winding streets and slate roofs of this historic town. 

  • 81 newly renovated rooms and suites 
  • Ground floor rooms and disability rooms 
  • Tasteful decoration, stylish furniture 
  • Full range of modern amenities 

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Traditional and modern fare 

We’re proud of the exclusive ambience of the restaurant, where classic British cuisine with an international flair is served. It also offers a menu of light food and can cater to special dietary requirements. The Spa Café is a dedicated space with healthy dishes and relaxing seating.  

  • Hotel Restaurant “The Dining Room” 
  • Hotel Bar “The Lounge” 
  • Public Bar “The Bar” 
  • The Spa Café 


Exceptionally elegant meeting rooms 

Buxton Crescent has the added benefit of some of the most gracious meeting room and banqueting facilities in England. The Assembly Rooms, originally built for public gatherings in the 18th century, has been tastefully restored to its former glory with a high, beautifully painted ceiling, gilded columns and arched windows. 

We guarantee exceptional dining options and first-class service throughout your conference process. 

  • Facilities for 120 guests at a banquet or 186 people in a conference theatre style 
  • 7 meeting rooms in total, including a boardroom 
  • An experienced meetings and events team 
  • Flexible meeting space options 
  • Special chef-designed menus to meet requirements 

More than wellness

Buxton lies at the heart of England. Not only is the town a doorway to the dramatic outdoors of the Peak District, it bubbles with a hive of cultural activity, with all the hallmarks of a classic European spa town. With so much to see and do, mixed with a spa break at the luxurious Buxton Crescent, with its expert ancient and modern spa experiences, the town is a popular tourist destination.

Your destination programme:

  • Heritage Open Days, Buxton International Festival, Buxton Festival Fringe and many other cultural events
  • Golf, cycling and hiking, and even more sports
  • Sightseeing tours to nearby castle ruins, medieval towns, The Peak District National Park and many more to see

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Buxton Crescent's refurbishment and redevelopment

In the late 1980s parts of the Crescent fell in to disrepair. After many false starts to regenerate the Crescent, Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council  jointly launched the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa project with the backing of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.  Partners from the private sector were sought leading to the appointment, in 2003 of CP Holdings Ltd, owners of Europe’s largest spa resort operator, Ensana and the  Osborne Group, with a track record of successfully converting historic buildings.  The two organisations then jointly established Buxton Crescent Limited which worked with the Councils to secure the necessary funding and prepared the detailed designs.  
Development work on the project was delayed whilst some extremely difficult issues were addressed.  These included the technical problem of protecting Buxton’s famous thermal mineral water whilst undertaking the necessary building work in close proximity to the main spring.  Also, both private and public sector funding for the project became difficult due to the 2008 financial downturn.  Fortunately, a particularly large grant increase from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2014 enabled further commercial investment to be made.  This, together with grant aid from Derbyshire County Council, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Historic England and High Peak Borough Council resulted in the project starting in 2016.

The refurbishment and redevelopment of Buxton Crescent & Natural Baths was made possible with the support of

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