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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. Plan to visit Pavilion Gardens during your Buxton vacation using our convenient Buxton vacation trip planner.
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  • My mother and l walked around these gardens in the early evening after eating three courses in our hotel restaurant. They were lovely, very well kept and peaceful  more »
  • You can't really miss these Gardens if you are staying in Buxton, they are very central and cover a large area. There are lakes, bridges and small waterfalls as well as a playground and miniature rail...  more »
  • We visited the gardens on a busy Saturday and there were lord of people that had had the same idea ! However despite there being lots of people about it in no way detracted from it being a calm and pe...  more »
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  • Relaxing amble through the gardens. Dogs and children able to enjoy themselves dipping in and out of the river. Lovely children's play area and plenty of benches out enjoy a sit down in the sun or shade. Unfortunately nowhere to go if it is raining. Great day out in dry weather!
  • Fabulous gardens and can be enjoyed for free. There is something here for everyone. A playground for the kids, ornamental planting looks great, there is a hothouse with plants and flowers from warmer climes. There is a good cafe (I recommend the ice cream) and a gift shop. The gift shop has a wonderful art gallery in it displaying art for sale that caters for all tastes and budgets.
  • The people of Buxton must be really proud to have such a beautiful park in their town. So pretty and peaceful to walk around. The neighbouring architecture which over look the park really give the sense of being in a time capsule and experiencing what life might have been like walking the gardens 100 years ago.
  • I live here, so I am a bit biased. As well as being a lovely park to walk around, it holds some great events throughout the year. You should check out the dedicated website. It also has the arts centre attached, which is used for theatre, music, films, seminars and fairs.
  • You have to visit the Pavilion Gardens if you visit Buxton. The gardens first opened in 1871 and are as popular today as they ever were. Grade II historic attraction status means that you can experience the gardens almost exactly as they were over 150 years ago. The gardens are a real gem and quite likely deserve greater recognition at a national level. A credit to the staff and volunteers who maintain it - visit today!