Walking Tour – ’Taking the Waters’ in Buxton Spa with Melanie King

Walking Tour - Taking the Waters in Buxton Spa with Melanie King

Join author and historian Melanie King, author of The Secret History of English Spas, in a lighthearted romp discovering Buxton’s fascinating history of ‘taking the waters’. Melanie will set the scene with a 30-minute illustrated talk in the beautiful Grade II listed Pump Room designed in 1894 by Henry Currey.


 You will discover what type of mineral water Buxton is famous for, the role that the Romans, St Anne and Mary Queen of Scots played in its promotion, and why both bathing in and drinking the naturally hot waters were considered good for the health. The talk will be followed by a guided walking tour to locate some of the hidden and not-so-hidden watering sites of Georgian Buxton—places where you could supposedly be cured of hysteria, itching, or even a nasty case of gonorrhoea. 

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Where we are

Pump Room Crescent Buxton SK17 6BH Call: 01298214577 What three words: ///upcoming.kilowatt.rebel


The tour takes place in the town centre and therefore terrain will be mostly pavements and roads. However, there may be steps, gentle slopes and some uneven surfaces so please ensure suitable footwear is worn.


Friday 16th September 2pm – 3.30pm


When you are visiting the Number 28 there is a toilet available for use - please ask a member of staff for assistance.

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