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The Pavilion Arts Centre is part of the Pavilion Gardens, Winter Gardens and Opera House complex. Known as 'the old theatre' after the Opera House, went under a complete restoration project and the new Arts Centre opened in 2012. With a large floor area, the venue can accommodate a variety of activities and events such as exhibitions, meetings, conferences and social events.

Events, Music, Exhibitions and Film

The High Peak Theatre Trust who run the Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre noticed Buxton was lacking in one area. Since the closure of Spa Cinema in the 80's Buxton was without a cinema. Now local residents and visitors can see the latest blockbusters at the Pavilion Arts Centre. Are you looking for somewhere to stay during you're visit to Buxton? Book direct with the Portland Hotel for best available rates.

Visiting Buxton? Then the Pavilion Gardens is a must see. Centrally located across the road from the Portland Hotel, this historic venue is set in 23 acres of gardens and was established in 1871. The Pavilion Gardens is a iconic Victorian building which features a Tourist Information Centre, gift shop, Cafe, Pavilion Art Centre and Gardens. 

Over 23 acres of garden established in 1871

Situated in 23 acres of gardens you will find lakes, flower beds and shaded walks. For children there is a indoor swimming pool, miniature railway, children's play-park and adventure playground. Are you visiting The Pavilion Gardens for a event or leisure? Stay at the Portland Hotel. For the best available rates Book Direct 

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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