Buxton Crescent & Spa

Buxton Crescent & Spa

Large building seen from above
Buxton Crescent. Credit: Ensana Hotels

Heritage Grants

Howard Town
High Peak
High Peak Borough Council
Buxton Crescent in Derbyshire reopened on 17 May 2021 following a major National Lottery-funded restoration project.

Buxton Crescent was built in the 1780s by the fifth Duke of Devonshire as the centrepiece of a Georgian spa development. Designed by John Carr of York, it is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in England, adorned with chandeliers, painted ceilings and stained glass windows.

This stunning Georgian building was in almost continual use until the mid-1980s, when it fell into neglect. It was finally vacated in 1991 and became recognised as one of the UK's most 'at risk' buildings.

In 2002, The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded £24.35m towards the non-commercial repair costs needed to restore this very complex, Grade I listed building. The funds also supported the visitor centre, operated by the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust.

The restored hotel now has 81 bedrooms, a spa and three pools, including a refurbished Victorian thermal pool filled with heated Buxton mineral water.

Buxton has been a luxury destination through the ages. Stylish spa seekers include Bess of Hardwick and Mary, Queen of Scots. Thanks to National Lottery funding, visitors can once again test the waters as guests at this grand old hotel.