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Schools and home-based learners

Take your pupils on a time-travelling journey and discover how Buxton’s rich history and geography have been shaped by local, national, and global events.

  • Explore Buxton’s Roman roots
  • Discover the importance of thermal spring water to this famous Spa Town
  • Find out about medicine and treatments for illness, from the 16th Century to the 2nd World War
  • Investigate Buxton’s Grade 1 listed Georgian architecture
  • Use evidence to examine how Buxton has changed over time
How do workshops and tours link to the National Curriculum?
How much does it cost?
  • A bespoke tour of the Crescent Experience is £4.50 per pupil. 
  • An interactive workshop is just £1.50 per pupil, when booked with a tour. A workshop costs £4.50 per pupil, without a tour.
  • An Early Years Crescent Experience Explore is £3.00 per child.
  • Teachers and supporting adults are free
Travelling to Buxton with your school

Buxton is surrounded by the Peak District National Park. We have a coach drop off point right outside the Crescent.  Buxton train station, on the Manchester to Buxton line, is a short walk away. Why not Save money on transport by using Northern Trains’ Group Travel discount?

Hyundai's The Great British School Trip

We are proud to be a partner venue for Hyundai’s The Great British School Trip.  Register here to apply for a bursary towards the costs of funding your visit.

A Big Day Out in Buxton

Get the most value out of your visit to Buxton. Explore vast limestone caves and  Peak District geology at Poole’s Cavern, take a walking tour with an expert guide from Discover Buxton. Catch a matinee at the Buxton Opera House, or play and picnic in the  Pavilion Gardens – a magnificent Victorian Park, just 5 minutes walk from the Crescent. 

Bespoke tours of the Buxton Crescent Experience

Discover the history of Buxton, a town shaped by water,
in the nine different rooms of the Crescent Experience.

Time-travelling tour of the Buxton Crescent Experience

A fun and interactive tour of the Crescent Experience with our knowledgeable and friendly  hosts.

During the booking process the Learning Team will ask about your learning outcomes planning a tour that works for your group.  We’ll  ensure that any additional needs are met and that your day runs smoothly, so your learners can make the most of their visit.

90 Minutes

£4.50 per pupil

Curriculum links:

The Water Cycle



  • 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.
  • Dress up in historical hats and discover what visitors have thought about Buxton over the centuries.
  • Fly on a virtual reality hot air balloon ride across the Peak District to Buxton in its Georgian heyday.
  • Meet an eighteenth century apothecary and discover how medicine has changed through time.
  • Admire the symmetry and structure that makes the Crescent’s amazing architecture so special.

Build a half or full-day:

additional workshops only £1.50 per pupil!

Teachers are entitled to a free pre-visit to the Buxton Crescent Experience.
Email Learn@BuxtonCrescentTrust.org to arrange.


We offer three curriculum linked, hands-on workshops for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. If you book a tour of The Buxton Crescent Experience, make a half-day of it and add a facilitated workshop for just an extra £1.50 per pupil!

Email us at Learn@BuxtonCrescentTrust.org to get in touch.

TEST THE WATERS with Mary the Well Woman


ROMAN BUXTON: Porto the Puppet Show

Workshop 1:


with Mary the Well Woman

Meet Mary, a Well Attendant from the Edwardian era. Carry out scientific tests on Buxton Water, discover why the mineral spring is so important to Buxton, and drink some yourselves straight from the source!


Buxton’s water emerges at the Pump Room at a constant 27.5C at the end of its 5000 year journey. Built to accommodate visitors to the town, the Pump Room was a sociable place to “take the water”. Visitors would pay a penny upon entry and would be served by people like Mary from the marble balustrade.

60 Minutes

£1.50 per pupil as add-on

£4.50 per pupil standalone

Curriculum links:

The Water Cycle

Science (Chemistry)


"I think it was great that it was such a practical and ‘hands on’ experience... they loved dressing up in the outfits at the Pump Room, it brought the history to life!"
Year 4 Teacher

Workshop 2:


Take a closer look

Spot and sketch the symmetry and Georgian architectural features that make the Grade-I Listed Crescent so stunning. Find out about architect John Carr and make your own Crescent model.

An early example of multifunctional architecture, the Crescent is built in the Palladian Neo-classical style, inspired by Ancient Greek and Roman design. Recurring motifs are arranged perfectly according to the mathematical Golden Ratio, or Fibonacci Sequence, found everywhere in nature from flowers to galaxies.

60 Minutes

£1.50 per pupil as add-on

£4.50 per pupil standalone

Curriculum links:

Art and Design: Architecture

Maths: Symmetry


"I loved the building - I learnt lots!"
Year 4 Pupil

Workshop 3:


Porto the Puppet Show

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. Handle original Roman artefacts, help repair pottery, play knucklebones, and make a simple piece of jewellery to take back to school.

60 Minutes

£1.50 per pupil as add-on

£4.50 per pupil standalone

Curriculum links:

Art and Design: Architecture

Maths: Symmetry


"The activities were very well thought-out and meaningful for the children; they made the museum trip come to life. Our trip definitely achieved what we set out to do which was to enhance the children’s learning through real-life experiences”
Year 4 Teacher, Buxworth Primary School

Teacher Events and CPD

Develop your knowledge of local heritage and network with colleagues.

Pre Visit for Teachers

Discover the Crescent Experience for free and plan your visit.

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Teaching Resources

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


Unfortunately, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery temporarily closed in June 2023. The building is in need of structural repairs, and there is no current timescale as to its reopening.

However, you can still book the museum’s handling boxes through us.

Handling Boxes

You can book use the museum’s object handling boxes for free, though they must be booked in advance with your visit. The boxes feature both real artefacts and replica objects, and are themed around clothes, games, tools and weapons, pottery, everyday life, and storytelling. You’ll also be sent downloadable DIY self-guided activities to help your pupils discover prehistoric pottery or Roman jewellery and money in the Wonders of the Peak gallery.

Handling boxes and DIY activities are designed to be self-led by teachers and your support staff on a visit.

STONE AGE TO IRON AGE: 4 Object Handling Boxes

Roman history handling box

ROMAN BRITAIN: 3 Object Handling Boxes

Downloads & Accessibility

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 via the contact form below.

Contact us

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. Or you can email Learn@BuxtonCrescentTrust.org


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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.