Buxton Spa History
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 Buxton 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.