The Buxton Crescent Experience

Discover the story of a town inspired by water in our award-winning attraction.

PREMIUM

Guided Tour

Discover it all – enjoy up to 90 minutes with our warm and wonderful hosts.

The premium tour is a 90-minute exclusive experience hosted by a knowledgeable and friendly guide to enhance your visit. Limited to a maximum of eight people your host will answer questions as you delve into the history of the town and explore why and how this wonderful building came to stand here.

The tour finishes in the Grade-II Listed Pump Room where you will be given a souvenir glass bottle to ‘take the water’ from the historic Lion’s Head Well.

PREMIUM GUIDED TOURS SET OFF AT 10:30am AND 11:00am DAILY.

BCHT is a registered charity. If you’re a UK taxpayer, GiftAid is the easiest way to help us keep Buxton’s story alive and take care of our heritage assets.

At no extra cost to you, choosing GiftAid allows us to claim an extra 25% on anything you spend with us – this has an extraordinary effect on the work we are able to do, and we really, really appreciate it. Thank you.

Under-7s and Essential Companions go free.

STANDARD

Self Guided

Our hosts are around to assist with any questions, but you’re free to explore Buxton’s heritage at your own pace.

Most people spend about 60 minutes on a Self-Guided Experience.

SELF-GUIDED TOUR ENTRY: 1:00pm – 3:00pm DAILY.

THE EXPERIENCE CLOSES AT 4pm.

BCHT is a registered charity. If you’re a UK taxpayer, GiftAid is the easiest way to help us keep Buxton’s story alive and take care of our heritage assets.

At no extra cost to you, choosing GiftAid allows us to claim an extra 25% on anything you spend with us – this has an extraordinary effect on the work we are able to do, and we really, really appreciate it. Thank you.

Under-7s and Essential Companions go free.

Group Visits to the Crescent Experience

We welcome groups to the Buxton Crescent Experience with a range of tours to suit your needs.

Our interactive tours are hosted by knowledgeable and friendly guides who help visitors to delve into the fascinating hidden histories of the town, hear in-depth stories and discover how the town and the wonderful Crescent building came to exist.

Self Guided tours are also available for groups wanting to explore at their own pace.

You’ll learn about the history of the area and the Crescent, explore the culture of Georgian Buxton, experience a hot-air balloon ride in virtual reality, and have your ailments cured by an 18th century apothecary. The experience concludes following rainwater on a 5000-year journey through the Peak District hills before it emerges at a constant 27.5°C at the thermal springs beneath your feet…

Download our brochure here to find out more or contact us at Groups@BCHtrust.org or call 01298 214577.

Frequently Asked Questions

The water emerges at a constant 27.5° Celsius year round. Buxton’s water is the second warmest in Britain, after Bath’s.

The Natural Mineral Baths are operated by the Ensana Buxton Crescent Hotel – please refer to their website for inquiries related to spa treatments.

Dogs are very welcome in the Pump Room and we always have complimentary dog treats at the Visitor Information desk.

Assistance dogs are allowed in the Buxton Crescent Experience and in the Assembly Rooms.

The Pump Room is fitted with an accessible toilet.

Buxton Crescent has male, female and accessible toilets.

The Pavilion Gardens have public toilet facilities, just a minute’s walk away.

We can work with groups to create bespoke tours with a group discount, focusing on specific areas of interest if desired.

See our Groups Page or email Groups@BuxtonCrescentTrust.org

See our complete FAQ here.

Our visitor experience...

tells the stories of Buxton, The Crescent, its famous water and the many people who came to seek its cure. Click here to read more.

Our Premium Guided Tours set off in the morning, where you can dive deep into the rich history of our area aided by our warm and wonderful hosts.

For those who prefer to discover at their own pace, the Experience opens to Self-Guided visitors at 1pm.

Large group? Or a sensory tour during quiet times? Please contact us and we can help get that arranged.