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Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

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Award-winning Pavilion Gardens hosts regular arts, crafts, antiques, and jewelry fairs. This historic site offers a rare combination of walks, lakes, play areas, and miniature train rides, attracting over half a million visitors every year. Opened in 1871, the gardens were designed by renowned Victorian architects Joseph Paxton and Edward Milner. The main building houses the city’s official visitor center, where you can take care of all your accommodation needs and browse through the best local attractions. Grab a quick bite at the gardens’ coffee bar, or visit the Pavilion Cafe for a hearty meal prepared using the finest and freshest local produce. The gardens also contain a modern arts center, so be sure to check online for a list of upcoming special events and live performances. Put Pavilion Gardens on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Buxton trip planning website .
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  • Had some spare time while waiting for my train (about 5 min walk from train station), they have many different and birds there. They had a nice "river" flowing around the park and a playground filled ...  more »
  • We recently had a blessing and marriage celebration at the Pavilion Gardens and it was fantastic. Great food (carvery) and really helpful staff. When "dressed" this is a fabulous venue for an event wh...  more »
  • Totally coming back her in the summer. You walk through an amazing array of plants into the Art Gallery where there is a massive selection of prints to buy. Then out into the gardens. Stunning.  more »
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  • One of the many Victorian buildings in Buxton. Lots of glass everywhere but usually a pleasant temperature year round. Includes a restaurant, coffee bar, shop, excellent art gallery for local artists as well as the Tourist Information Centre. The Pavilion Arts Centre theatre and cinema is also within the building. There's also a conservatory full of exotic plants at the end closest to the town. The swimming pool and a large car park are within 2 minutes walk. It's set in very large gardens, complete with miniature passenger carrying railway. Free entry year round.
  • Calling Pavilion Gardens a botanical garden is a bit of a stretch. The adjacent park is much like any other town park although it does have a novelty train running in summer months. The indoor garden is quite small but well worth walking through. There is a large quite pleasant cafe but others in the town are better. There is also a gift shop selling the usual array of tea towels, calendars and greeting cards. Unusually, the gift shop also sells prints mostly of local scenery. Overall, we'll with a visit.
  • Large public gardens and lake. An oasis of peace and beauty. An array of water fowl live on the lake. There is a small children's play area. The pavilion is a building of Victorian grandeur. Tea rooms and souvenir shop and a lovely fernery to wander through too.
  • The indoor garden is nice, but on the small side. We enjoyed an art display there. The cafe didn't appear to cater for those of us with food intolerances. The outdoor garden was really nice. On the day that we visited, there was a classic car auction.
  • Cafe: Staff are friendly. There's a small soft play area - basic blocks but kids play together for a good hour or so. This is essentially segregated from the main seated area which means families can sit without bothering those without kids. Food is standard with a good kids menu. Freshly prepared and homemade with local produce. Fair prices. Good coffee and tea. There's a gift shop and local artists gallery next to the cafe and an undercover botanical garden with a small fish pool. A new cinema has opened in the complex but I've never been. On a rainy day the pavilion is a good place to waste an hour or two. Great ice cream on a sunny day too.
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