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Buxton Crescent
Buxton Crescent

A historic thermal spa

The 19th century was a golden age for Buxton, when taking her waters was a fashionable pastime for high class spa visitors from all over England. Now, as part of the town’s flourishing renaissance, the Buxton Crescent opens its doors following an extensive refurbishment. Once again, the Georgian building’s elegant architectural heritage is restored to its former glory. The Romans named Buxton spa ‘Aquae Arnemetiae’, or Goddess of the Grove, when they discovered the town’s natural thermal springs.  

These waters made Buxton spa a medieval place of pilgrimage throughout the 14th century. During the 16th century Queen Elizabeth ordered Buxton waters to be sent to her to soothe her tired legs, and she allowed her captive Mary Queen of Scots to go often to Buxton to relieve her rheumatism. 

Then the Fifth Duke of Devonshire, the aristocratic landlord from the neighbouring Chatsworth estate, developed the town further in the 18th century, with grand architectural schemes, where this luxury hotel stands today. He turned Buxton into the leading spa destination of the Georgian age, to rival Bath, England’s other famous thermal destination in the south of the country. 

Thanks to the arrival of the railways in the mid-19th century Buxton was a significant inland resort for culture and hydrotherapy treatments. 


While Buxton is close to England’s major northern towns such as Manchester and Liverpool, it also has the finest representation of pure period architecture of the Georgian and Victorian eras, when this country was at the height of its wealth and power. At over 1000 feet above sea level, this architectural gem is the highest town in the Peak District. 

The Fifth Duke of Devonshire established the town’s reputation as a fashionable Georgian spa town with a 10-year building project of opulent accommodation for wealthy travellers. He appointed a leading architect, John Carr of York, in 1780 to build public gathering spaces, hotels and lodgings that include today’s Buxton Crescent. 


Best of all worlds

A stay at the Buxton Crescent is the perfect opportunity to sleep in a magnificent heritage building, with superior service and amenities. The Hotel offers a unique, luxury spa experience, combining traditional beauty therapies with wellness and holistic treatments. The hotel is also an ideal base from which to explore the natural world of the Peak District National Park. 

  • 81 luxury rooms in a historic building 
  • Unique luxury spa, wellness and holistic treatments 
  • Stunning architecture 
  • Gateway to some of England’s most dramatic landscapes 
Buxton Crescent Spa

Treatments in unique heritage building

The modern spa at Ensana Buxton Crescent you will find calm and tranquillity after your busy day of work or play.  Offering a wide range of spa and beauty treatments that will help restore and protect your wellbeing; this therapeutic and relaxing environment is enriched by exceptional customer service. Ensana Buxton Crescent offers a unique, luxury spa experience, combining traditional beauty therapies with wellness and holistic treatments.

The pool area with sauna world and treatment rooms also has a beautiful roof top pool, indoor and a heated outdoor area with 2 integrated jacuzzi zones – swim regardless of weather. Our menu of wellness massages spans from the bespoke partial body massage to the special Indian head massage.

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