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Old Hall

Old Hall

Reputed to be the oldest Hotel in England

The building dates back to 1573. The New Hall as it was once known was built by the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury; the Countess being the redoubtable ‘Bess of Hardwick’ who built Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth. 

The children from her first marriage to Sir William Cavendish created the line of the Dukes of Devonshire whose generations have lived at Chatsworth House until the present day. It was with Bess’ third husband, George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury that they built the New Hall in Buxton, on the foundations of an earlier Inn or Hostelry known as the Auld Hall.

The New Hall was built with the sanction of Queen Elizabeth First, to provide accommodation for Mary Queen of Scots who was under house arrest in the keeper-ship of the Shrewsbury’s.

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.   

  • WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meeting Rooms
  • 24h Reception
  • Parking Lot
  • 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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If the walls of the hotel rooms could talk

The halls of our ancient hotel have many tales to tell as do some of the rooms too! We have four poster beds or you can choose to stay in our grandest room, Queen Mary’s Bower, believed to be part of the original apartments where Mary Queen of Scots was under house arrest under Queen Elizabeth First reign.

  • 35 individually decorated bedrooms and suites
  • Disabled access room
  • Lift access to all floors 
  • Full range of modern amenities

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The very best in traditional British cuisine

The Old Hall Hotel is a popular dining venue in Buxton, whether you are staying at the hotel, popping in for lunch or visiting the area for a coffee. You can choose between the warmth and charm of the Cockerel Wine Bar, which still has the ambience of the ancient coaching hotel, or our elegant restaurant.

  • Hotel Restaurant “The Restuarant”
  • Hotel & public Bar “The Wine Bar”
  • Lounges x 2 


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

Discover Buxton

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