Victorian Elegance Unveiled


The Pavilion Gardens, a stunning heritage site established in 1871, magnificently showcases Buxton’s Victorian elegance. Spanning 23 acres, these splendid landscaped gardens and play areas offer an idyllic backdrop for delightful family outings. Visitors can enjoy excellent dining options, unique shopping experiences, and a vibrant calendar featuring over 100 events and festivals annually, ensuring memorable visits throughout the year.


During your stay in Buxton, a stroll around the beautiful Pavilion Gardens is a must! These gardens, central to the town, showcase a significant part of Buxton’s Victorian influence.

With a variety of eateries and playgrounds, you and your family could easily spend a delightful afternoon there. Nestled in the heart of Buxton, the Pavilion Gardens are more than just a botanical garden; they are a haven of tranquility and natural beauty.

For more information on these gardens and other attractions in the area, be sure to explore our Things to do in Buxton guide, which offers insights into the best experiences the town has to offer.

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Roughly 1 million people visit the gardens every year to enjoy the beautiful scenery, serene surroundings, choice of playgrounds for various ages and the duck ponds!. The river Wye winds elegantly through the gardens, with shallow areas for paddling, and opens up into a few different duck ponds, so take some seed with you to feed them!

Next to the café there is a tropical greenhouse, where you can see exotic plants and trees and a fish pond, proving popular with both adults and kids!

Other features in the park include the newly built playgrounds, one for young children and one for all ages. Near the larger playground there is a kiosk where you can buy refreshments such as teas, coffees, fizzy drinks and snacks.

There are also toilet facilities around the corner. Little kids will adore the miniature train which goes around the centre of the gardens past the duck ponds. Remember to wave to the driver!

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Pavilion Gardens Cafe

After strolling around the gardens, why not pop into the café which has wonderful views of the gardens and excellent service. The café is child-friendly, with a soft play area and baby station, making it perfect for families. It is spacious and modern looking, so you can relax and enjoy your hot drink in peace.

From 10:30 to 11:30am you can make the most of the breakfast menu, and after 11:30 the lunch menu is available to order from. The ingredients are locally sourced, some eve coming from Buxton itself, and the chefs present everything with pride and great attention to detail, so you can enjoy the best of the local cuisine for a reasonable price.

The café serves a variety of meat, vegetarian, kids and healthy dishes, and includes a specials board which changes daily. If you don’t fancy a full sit-down meal, the café also serves a variety of desserts, including local cheeses, a delicious vanilla cheesecake and the Pavilion Garden’s own pudding.

The café also offers afternoon tea, which goes perfectly with the Victorian style gardens.


If you are looking for a light snack with a drink, the coffee bar is perfect for you! The bar is open from April to September and is located in the beautiful atrium of the building. It offers an assortment of sandwiches, coffees, tea, cakes and light bites with excellent and efficient service. During the summer months the coffee bar is well known amongst the locals for its ice cream, which comes in many flavours and is perfect on a warm day.

All the family will love to sit by the river eating their favourite ice cream flavour! The café has indoor and outdoor seating, but if you are in a rush to get back to the gardens, there is the option to take away.

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Gallery in the Gardens Souvenirs in Buxton

The Gift Boutique is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir and to see local artists! This cute and artisan shop sells a variety of unique items from bags and purses to cheese and beer. All items are locally sourced and made, so you can take home a piece of the Peak District with you!

Within the Gift Boutique you can find the Gallery in the Gardens, which showcases the works of over 40 local artists, including ceramics, paintings, photography, glass and much more.

The contributing artists also work within the Boutique and are always thrilled to talk about their work with you. All the pieces are unique, so it is a must see for any art lover, as you won’t see these pieces anywhere else.


The pavilion holds events all year round, such as book fairs, jazz bands, orchestra performances, afternoon dances and farmers markets. The calendar is packed with exciting events throughout the year, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any event that would interest you and your family.

The Octagon Hall is famous for its Bazaars, a bustling market of an array of stalls with free entry, where you can find collectors’ items and antiques, cheeses, books, gardening equipment and plants, cakes and handmade soaps and bath products.

Buxton Events held in the gardens



Do you have any questions about our events, weddings or general inquiries? The event planners at The Pavilio Gardens are always happy to chat about their wonderful venue and the exciting activities that take place here.

Feel free to contact them by email or phone using the contact details below, and they will be happy to assist you.