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French Connection

Portland Hotel
January 9, 2018

We are two business students from La Rochelle Business School in France. Over the next six weeks we will be working and staying at the Portland Hotel in Buxton.

This is the first of our blogs that we hope you find of interest as we describe some of the interesting places to see and visit in Buxton and the surrounding area.

Our arrival into Manchester was just after Christmas. We caught a train from the airport into the centre of Manchester where we enjoyed shopping in the extensive retail area.

After an exhausting day it was back to Piccadilly station to take the train to Buxton. The journey to Buxton is about 50 minutes and it was pleasant to view the built up area of a major city being replaced by green fields, snow covered hills and stunning countryside.

From Buxton railway station we were pleased to find the Portland Hotel was only 800 metres from the station. About a 5 minute walk although taxis are available.

Once we were settled in at the hotel we decided to take in the new cinema complex at the Pavilion Arts Centre, about 100 metres from the Portland Hotel. How convenient.

The cinema was introduced into Buxton in December 2017. The film we saw was ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ from an Agatha Christie novel written in the 1930’s. A story of murder, intrigue and an eventful train journey.

The Pavilion Arts Centre is a multi-purpose facility that is used for talks, shows and plays. As a cinema it works well and was a very enjoyable experience.


Upon returning to the hotel it was pleasant to sit and relax in the hotel lounge, enjoy a coffee and as we were discussing the many twists and turns of the film we were surprised to see an old Buxton railway timetable from the 1930’s.

Portland Hotel Buxton lounge
Portland Hotel Lounge area
Old Buxton train time table
Old Buxton train time table

We wondered if any of those train journeys had experienced as many events as ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.

I don’t suppose we’ll ever know but I hope you’ll join us on future blogs as we continue our journey into discovering Buxton.

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