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Buxton  is an ancient spa town in the Peak District, England. It is in the county of Derbyshire which is officially classified as part of the East Midlands but it is probably more associated with the North West of England. It is the main place for the High Peak Borough, for both administrative and for retail.
Buxton is known across the world for its bottled spring water which is marketed by the Buxton Mineral Water Company (owned by Nestlé Waters UK). During the summer months, the local economy benefits from an influx of tourists who visit the surrounding Peak District region. Buxton also plays host to a number of summer festivals which draw large numbers of visitors too.
Buxton is served by Northern Rail, the last station on the line from Manchester Piccadilly; however, Buxton is served by regular trains to Blackpool North and Preston which run through Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport. Visit Northern Rail  for timetable.
Buxton is arguably the best connected place in the High Peak. Notable bus routes include the Transpeak (Trent Barton) which runs from Manchester–Stockport–Buxton–Bakewell–Matlock–Belper–Derby–Nottingham and many more places on route; the service is two-hourly from Manchester to Nottingham and hourly from Buxton to Nottingham Transpeak . This service is funded and promoted by Derbyshire County Council. Additional services include the 199, which runs from Buxton–Chapel-en-le-frith–Whaley Bridge–Disley–Stockport–Manchester Airport and runs express between Stockport and Manchester Airport. This service is half-hourly Mon–Sat and operated again by Trent Barton . Other bus services include services to Glossop, Sheffield, Hanley, Macclesfield, Chesterfield, Ashbourne, Leek, Holmfirth and many more places; call on 0871 200 22 33 or visit Traveline East Midlands  for all local public transport information or visit Derbyshire County Council Public Transport Unit  for maps and information on printed timetables.
Buxton is not close to Britain's motorway network. However, it is a crossing point of some major trunk roads, such as the A6 from Both Manchester and Matlock, the A54 from Congleton, the A537 from Macclesfield, the A53 from Stoke-on-Trent and the A515 coming in from Derby and Ashbourne. Each route is very picturesque, but be wary of of the A53, A54 and A537, as these are currently considered (as of 2007) amongst the most accident-prone roads in England, but are getting safer.
Buxton is the home of Buxton Spring Water  which is sold round the world, but if you are in town make sure you get some free water from the well that is in the centre by the Royal Crescent.
To the southwest of the town centre is the show cave of Poole's Cavern . A pleasant (and free) walk through woodland from here leads to Solomon's Temple, a folly on a limestone hill with elevated views over Buxton and the surrounding area. Another interesting and little-known local curiosity lies in a small valley between Solomon's Temple and the village of Harpur Hill, where water issuing through lime-rich waste rock has created an intriguing area of white calcite deposits.
There is always something going off at the Opera House  from stage productions to fairs. These include the Buxton Opera Festival, running for two and a half weeks in July, and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, running for the better part of three weeks in August.
There is a large selection of shops on the main pedestrian street.
Buxton offers a wide range of accommodation, from Bed and Breakfast establishments to luxury hotels. However, during the more popular summer festivals, all accommodation within reasonable walking distance of the Opera House may be booked well in advance.