Country House Visiting in the Georgian Age

Live talk with Dr Peter Collinge.

Dr Peter Collinge provides an entertaining guide to the pleasures and pitfalls of visiting country houses in the Georgian era. He draws on a wealth of contemporary evidence, including letters, journals and guide books.  Set within the wider context of eighteenth-century tourism, access arrangements, encounters with owners and servants, hospitality, and mistimed visits come to life through the expectations, experiences and opinionated reactions of those who sought entry to the grandest homes in the land.
Dr Peter Collinge is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is a research assistant at the Open University. His publications on social and economic conditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries include Georgian businesswomen; the poor laws; and health, leisure and tourism. In 2023, he published ‘Gloomy Inhospitality: limiting access to houses and country estates‘.

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Buxton Crescent is accessible by wheelchair and fitted with accessible lift and toilet facilities. The Pump Room is one-level Assistance dogs are welcome in Buxton Crescent and the Pump Room. We are working hard on having hearing loops available before the end of 2024.

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 5 minutes walk away.

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.

A variety of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks are usually available during events in the Pump Room.

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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.

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