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School Visits


Schools Visits to the Buxton Crescent

We offer a range of learning opportunities for school visits including hosted tours, workshops and self-guided visits:

A hosted Tour of Buxton Crescent Visitor Experience
90 minutes – (£4.50 per pupil)

We can tailor your hosted tour to meet your classes needs and build on learning at school.    Inspire learning on topics including;

  • The Water Cycle
  • Peak District Geography
  • Local History

The 9 rooms of the Visitor Experience are a unique learning environment to discover the story of how Buxton has changed over time. Your pupils can admire amazing architecture and play the interactive Water Cure game. Try on historical hats and fly on a virtual reality hot air balloon trip across the Peak District. And see thermal spring water flowing flows from St Ann’s Well – the water cycle in action!

Combine more than one workshop to build a half or full-day visit. 

Get in touch for a chat and to book your visit.

Teacher Events and CPD

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Teaching Resources

Plan your visit with key practical information and pre & post visit activities.

Facilitated Workshops for KS1 and KS2

The Buxton Crescent Experience  is ideal for primary schools and in addition to the hosted tour we offer three hands-on facilitated workshops for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  If you book a tour of the Experience, make a half-day of it and add a facilitated workshop for just £1.50 per pupil more!

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Test the Waters with Mary the Buxton Well Woman

60 minutes £4.50 per pupil 

(The water cycle, science and geography focus)

Meet Mary the Well Woman in the Victorian Pump Room opposite the Crescent.

Carry out scientific tests on Buxton Water and discover why water is so important to Buxton.

Building Buxton

60 minutes £4.50 per pupil

(Art and Design and History focus)

Grab our Buxton Crescent sketch books and explorer tools and take a closer look at the Crescent’s Grade 1 listed Georgian architecture.

Spot and sketch the symmetry and architectural features that make it so special.

Roman Britain Puppet Show and Make and Take Jewellery Activity

One of our Learning practitioners ready to share the story of Porto the puppet with a Roman workshop at Buxton Museum!

60 minutes £4.50 per pupil

(Roman History and Art and Design focus)

Take part in an interactive puppetry and storytelling performance.

Discover the story of how Porto a Roman soldier from Portugal, journeyed to Buxton (Aqua Arnemetiae) and settled in the Peak District.

Help repair pottery, play knucklebones, count with Roman numerals and make a simple piece of jewellery to take back to school!

This workshop takes place at the Buxton Museum and Art gallery .

This workshop is also available as an outreach visit to primary schools.

(Just £1.50 if combined with one other full priced workshop or a tour)

A Big Day Out In Buxton

We know that the cost of hiring a coach for a few hours is often the same as for a whole day. So why not make a day visit to Buxton?

Explore the show caves at  Poole’s Cavern or discover 360 millions years of Peak District history at Buxton Museum. Buxton is a brilliant place to  inspire wonder and a love of learning. 

The Pavillion Gardens is a great spot for lunch and a play.  A school trip to Buxton gives children enriching life experiences .

Pupils take a closer look at objects in the Wonders of the Peak timeline cases Buxton Museum

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has a diverse and brilliant collection; 360 millions in the making. The Wonders of the Peak gallery features a timeline of objects and a time wall. Together these can be used to discuss chronology and give opportunities for children to investigate periods from prehistory through to almost the present day.

Stone Age to Iron Age:

Downloadable DIY self-guided activities to help your pupils discover prehistoric pottery in the Wonders of the Peak Gallery.

Four different Object Handling Boxes with real and replica objects inside.

The Four Stone Age to Iron Age handling boxes available to book for free are themed around; Clothes, Tools and Weapons, Pottery and Storytelling. 

The handling boxes and D.I.Y activities are designed to be self-led by teachers and your support staff on a visit.

Visit our Padlet to browse a great collection of relevant learning materials…

Roman history handling box

Roman Britain at Buxton Museum

Downloadable DIY self-guided activities to help your pupils identify Roman jewellery and money in the Wonders of the Peak Gallery.

Three different Object Handling Boxes with real and replica objects inside.

The Roman handling boxes available to book for free are themed around; Clothes and Games, Everyday Life and  Pottery and Storytelling.

Handling boxes are free, but must be booked in advance along with your museum visit.

Visit our Padlet to browse a great collection of relevant learning materials…


Practical information

Below are some useful documents to help you plan your visit. On confirming a booking with us we will email out copies of the below documents along with further information about each activity. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Please get in touch with us via the form below if you have any questions, would like a call back, or would like further information.


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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.