Explore Buxton’s iconic buildings during Heritage Open Days

Historic Buxton
Historic Buxton

Buxton’s history will come to life at the weekend as the town’s iconic buildings throw open their doors to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

Visitors will be given an opportunity to see inside some of the most significant cultural and historic buildings and visit areas rarely open to the public as part of England’s biggest heritage festival.

Georgia Crabbe of the university library with one of the audio guides to the Dome

Georgia Crabbe of the university library with one of the audio guides to the Dome

Co-ordinated by the University of Derby, the free events which ran last weekend and this weekend have allowed people to take in an audio tour of the Devonshire Dome, explore England’s oldest hotel and visit the rooms where Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the Old Hall Hotel. There are also tours of Buxton Opera House.

Dr Sarah Rawlinson, head of the centre for contemporary hospitality and tourism at the University of Derby based at Buxton’s historic Devonshire Dome campus, said: “Heritage Open Days aren’t only about the past.

“These events demonstrate the rich historical veins that runs through the town and which shape and form part of the town today.

“Preserving, innovating and celebrating our historic buildings and landmarks are a key aspect in strengthening our high profile as a destination for tourists and students.”

Jane Collier expert on Mary Queen of Scots is guiding visitors around the Old Hall Hotel

Jane Collier expert on Mary Queen of Scots is guiding visitors around the Old Hall Hotel

The free events continue this weekend and for a full list of attractions open to the public, visit facebook.com/HODBuxton.

St Mary's church

St Mary's church