The town of Buxton in Derbyshire is popular with day trippers and tourists. It has a variety of dog-friendly attractions, beautiful scenery and world-class walking.
On the day of our visit, Chase was turning seven years old. This was a perfect party destination for our two hounds.
Getting to Buxton
Buxton may be off in the hills but it is well served by road and rail links. Whichever way you choose to arrive, you’ll get an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. When it comes to Buxton, it’s not all about the destination, but the getting there too.
Trains run every hour from Manchester Piccadilly calling at Stockport. Connect here if you’re travelling from the South. There’s also an hourly bus from Derby via Matlock (TP), an hourly bus from Macclesfield (58), and five buses daily from Sheffield (65).
We took the train from Stockport. It was a pleasant ride on a mostly quiet train. We passed through small towns like New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith. We enjoyed passing through the rolling green hills and the Peak Forest Canal.
Our journey was on a Tuesday morning, so the lads had plenty of space to spread out. But you may find public transport is a little busier if you’re travelling on the weekend.
Buxton station is just a few minutes walk from the town centre.
The Town of Buxton
Buxton has been well known for hundreds of years as a spa town. Wealthy people would travel from miles around to take the waters, believed to have healing properties. Even now, there are several natural springs in town, providing a perfect opportunity for you or your pup to grab a drink.
Today, people visit to enjoy the local businesses and surrounding nature. We saw lots of dogs in the centre of town, including several other sighthounds. All the dogs we saw were under good control and many owners stopped to say hello.
Take a moment to drink in the scenery. Buxton is a pleasant place to be, with lots of greenspace and interesting architecture. Check out The Crescent, a richly-decorated Georgian crescent.
Things to Do With Dogs in Buxton
Buxton welcomes a lot of dog walkers. As a result, many attractions in the area have opened their doors to doggy visitors.
Buxton Visitor Centre should be your first stop. It offers a range of free maps and resources that will help you to get the best out of your visit. Dogs are welcome inside, so you can enjoy learning more about the town while your pup has a sniff.
Pavilion Gardens are a short distance from the visitor centre. This park is one of the best ones we’ve visited in the UK, so it’s our number one recommendation. It has swathes of brightly-coloured flowers, fountains and ponds. A river flows gently through the park and we saw a grey heron standing by the water. In the ponds, we saw some interesting waterfowl, including a crested grebe.
Walking through the park, Chase wore his birthday hat. Lots of people stopped to wish him a happy birthday and some even asked if they could take a photo with him!
Poole’s Cavern is possibly the best-known attraction in Buxton. This fascinating show cave has a rich history and guided tours are offered throughout the warmer months. Sadly, dogs aren’t allowed on the tours, but if one member of your party is happy to dogsit, it’s well worth taking the tour.
If you don’t want to leave your dog behind, all is not lost. The Poole’s Cavern visitor centre is free to enter and welcomes dogs. It features a small museum along with a café and shop. Outside, there are water bowls and Chase and Lewis were happy to drink their fill in the warm sun.
The visitor centre is around a 15-minute walk from the train station. Plenty of parking is available too.
Walks in Buxton
We took a quick walk from the Poole’s Cavern visitor centre up through Buxton Country Park. The trails here are very steep so this is only a suitable walking route for those capable of tackling hills.
The woodland trails feature wooden carvings of various local animals. You’ll also see the real thing if you keep your eyes peeled since hares, weasels and hedgehogs are among the animals living here.
If you’re feeling ambitious, walk up Grin Low, a hill located in the park. At the top, you’ll find Solomon’s Temple. The two-story tower is a Victorian folly that casts an imposing shadow over its surroundings. It provides the perfect opportunity for a photo or two!
Places to Eat With Dogs in Buxton
Everywhere you look in Buxton, there are great places to eat and most of them welcome dogs. Try some of the following:
- Vintage Tea Rooms, if you’re looking for a refined afternoon tea
- Miltons Tap, a traditional pub built in the 1800s
- La Gaby pizzeria, offering handmade Neapolitan pizza
We ate at the Café at Green Pavilion, just a few minutes from the station. It has seating inside and outside, with plenty of space under the tables for dogs to spread out.
We enjoyed full English breakfasts, one regular and one vegan. The food was great quality and reasonably priced. The menu also offered a good range of lunch and dinner options, along with sweet treats.
The dogs got a wonderful reception here from staff and customers alike. Waiters gave both lads a good fussing. Best of all, one customer enjoying her breakfast asked for permission to share her sausages with the dogs as a birthday treat!
Shopping in Buxton with Dogs
Many people love visiting Buxton to do a spot of shopping. The town is packed with great independent shops and many welcome doggy visitors. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, rare books or anything else, you can find it here.
High Peak Bookstore and Café is a little way out of town, but it’s well worth a visit. It offers a huge selection of used books and you can enjoy a coffee and a cake while you read!
If you’re looking for pet supplies, Buxton Pets is highly recommended. It is located in Spring Gardens and offers all the supplies you might need.
Dog-Friendly Accommodation in Buxton
If you want to stay longer in Buxton, you’ll have little trouble finding a place to stay. Most hotels in Buxton are dog friendly.
- Roseleigh Guest House, has pleasant rooms and overlooks Pavilion Gardens
- Palace Hotel, a somewhat grand establishment offering luxury facilities
- Wheeldon Trees Cottages, a small cottage in a quiet area with a cosy vibe
There’s enough great walking around town to keep you entertained for a few days at the very least, so a stay is well recommended if possible.
A Dog-Loving Town
We loved our visit to Buxton. Not only did we enjoy the attractions and local businesses, but we also loved the local people’s attitude. So many people stopped to stroke the dogs or say hello.
If you’re visiting Buxton with dogs, be sure to allow several hours if you want to experience everything the town has to offer. If you’re looking for more great dog-friendly destinations, follow us on Facebook to keep up with our latest posts!