Learning | Schools & Groups

Bring learning to life on a time-travelling journey through Buxton's rich history and geography.

How did one Duke's dream transform a town? Did the Romans really bathe in Buxton water? And why exactly is the well water warm?

Buxton is a brilliant place to spark your student's curiosity and deepen their engagement with the past. Visit the Buxton Crescent Experience and discover how significant historical events and unique geology have shaped a town.

We warmly welcome groups of all ages; from nursery children to primary and secondary school pupils, from home-based learners to youth groups, all the way up to higher education students. 

We offer:

  • hosted interactive tours of the Buxton Crescent Experience for all ages
  • hands-on curriculum linked workshops,
  • Early Years Explorer sessions
  • bespoke activities to fit your learning outcomes.
Your learners can;
  • explore Buxton’s Roman roots
  • discover the 5000 year geological journey of Buxton’s famous thermal spring water 
  • learn about medical treatments over the centuries
  • identify Buxton Crescent’s Georgian architectural features
  • taste thermal spring water straight from the source

To make a booking or discuss the best itinerary for your group’s learning needs contact our friendly Education team at Learn@BuxtonCrescentTrust.org or 01298 214577. 

If you have an idea or topic you’d like to explore with your group at Buxton Crescent we’d love to work with you to make it possible. 

Contact our friendly Education team at Learn@BuxtonCrescentTrust.org or 01298 214577.

Tours & Workshops

Buxton Crescent Experience

Interactive tours for all ages from £4.50 per pupil.
TOUR

Roman Buxton

Meet Porto and handle Roman objects for KS1 and KS2.
From £1.50 per pupil
Workshop

Building Buxton

Drawing and architecture workshop for KS1 and KS2. From £1.50 per pupil
Workshop

Testing the Waters

Meet Mary the Well Woman and conduct scientific experiments. KS1 and KS2. From £1.50 per pupil.
Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum links for KS1 and KS2. Curriculum links for KS3 and KS4.

A tour is between 60 and 90 minutes long. Workshops are 60 minutes long.

Many school groups choose to make a day of it and do a tour in the morning and workshop in the afternoon with time for lunch in the park or on the historic grassy Slopes nearby. (The Pump Room can accommodate up to 35 people as a lunch space if the weather is very bad) Or alternatively you can focus your visit to a morning or an afternoon.

Tours of the Buxton Crescent Experience are £4.50 per pupil. Early Years Crescent Experience Explore is £3 per child.

Curriculum-linked workshops are just £1.50 per pupil as an add-on to the Crescent Experience, or £4.50 per pupil as a standalone activity.

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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.

When in the Buxton Crescent Experience, you’ll be able to access the Crescent Hotel’s restrooms, including an accessible toilet.

Buxton Visitor Centre | The Pump Room is fitted with an accessible toilet.

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The Buxton Crescent Experience | Interactive Tour

The Buxton Crescent Experience is a 90-minute fun and interactive guided tour inside the Grade-I Listed Crescent.

We’ll follow rainwater on its 5000-year journey to St. Ann’s Well, dress-up in historical hats and discover what visitors have really thought about Buxton over the years… We’ll fly a hot air balloon across the Peak District in virtual reality, meet an eighteenth-century apothecary and discover how medicine has changed through time.

During the booking process, our Learning Team will reach out regarding your learning outcomes, and we will plan a tour that works for your group. We will ensure that any additional needs are met, so your day runs smoothly and your learners can make the most of their visit.

Teachers are entitled to a free pre-visit to the Buxton Crescent Experience. Click the button below to get in touch and book your free pre-visit.

Facilitated Workshops

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.

WORKSHOP 1

TEST THE WATERS

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.

Length: 60 Minutes

Price:

£1.50 per pupil as add-on

£4.50 per pupil standalone

Curriculum links:

The Water Cycle

Science: Chemistry

Geography

WORKSHOP 2

BUILDING BUXTON

Take a closer look…

Length: 60 Minutes

Price:

£1.50 per pupil as add-on

£4.50 per pupil standalone

Curriculum links:

Art and Design: Architecture

Maths: Symmetry

History

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.

WORKSHOP 3

ROMAN BUXTON

with Porto the Puppet

Length: 60 Minutes

Price:

£1.50 per pupil as add-on

£4.50 per pupil standalone

Curriculum links:

The Water Cycle

Science (Chemistry)

Geography

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.

A Big Day Out in Buxton

There’s never been a better time to visit Buxton. If you’re coming from afar or just want to plan the best trip possible for your learners, consider combining your visit with other local Buxton attractions.

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.

Getting Here

The Crescent and The Pump Room are in the centre of Buxton, Derbyshire surrounded by the Peak District National Park.

Buxton is within an hours scenic drive of Manchester, Sheffield, Derby, Stoke on Trent and Nottingham.

Even for those travellers coming from further afield, we’re well worth the visit!

Learning resources and Padlets

Our Stone-age to Iron-age 

Travelling to Buxton

Buxton is surrounded by the Peak District National Park. There is a coach drop off point right outside the Crescent. Buxton train station, on the Manchester to Buxton line, is a short walk away. You can save money on rail transport by using Northern Trains’ Group Travel discount.

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.

Buxton Museum and Handling Boxes

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is temporarily closed. Fortunately, you can still book the Museum’s handling boxes through us.

There is no charge to book the handling boxes, but they must be booked in advance. 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.

Companion Padlets for Handling Boxes

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.

Contact us

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or queries. We aim to respond as soon as possible.

Alternatively you can always read our FAQ, or contact us directly at Learn@BuxtonCrescentTrust.org

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Downloads and 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.

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.