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The Buxton Crescent Heritage Experience

The Buxton Crescent Experience

In a town whose history is shaped by water, The Buxton Crescent Experience is a boutique attraction that reveals the story of a special spa town, the renowned water and recent restoration of the Crescent building.
For centuries Buxton has been a place where people have sought the water cure and within this Grade I listed building you will encounter visitors from a period spanning more than 10,000 years who have travelled to the town to drink and bathe in our thermal mineral water.
You will take a virtual reality flight above the town during its Georgian heyday and rub shoulders with the regency high society at a glamorous ball before having your ailments cured by our 18th century apothecary. 
Follow rainwater on a 5,000 year journey through the Peak District hills and find out why it emerges warm from the natural springs beneath the Crescent, you can even bottle some straight from source and take it home with you!
The Buxton Crescent Experience is the perfect choice for families, the interactive elements will keep children amused and educated while history buffs can dig deeper into the story of the town.

Premium Tour


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 this wonderful building came to stand here.

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

General Admission

With a General Admission ticket you can explore the Experience at your own pace making the most of the interactive features or simply feel the history as you walk from room to room following in the footsteps of Dukes and Duchesses. 


Group Visits

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.

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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.