Step back in time and discover the stories and secrets of two of Buxton's beloved buildings
Two of Buxton’s most historic buildings will be throwing open their doors this September to allow visitors to step back in time and discover the secrets that lie behind these unique and treasured tourist attractions. The Old Hall Hotel and Discover Buxton tours are to host free talks and guided tours during Heritage Open Days, a national celebration of local heritage within the community.
History will be brought quite literally to life at The Old Hall between Thursday 11th and Friday 12 th September, when the hotel will open its doors to the public with local author Pat Chapman offering a unique insight into the building’s historical past. Built in 1674 by the Earl of Shrewsbury on the sanction of Queen Elizabeth 1st to provide accommodation for Mary Queen of Scots during her house arrest, the Old Hall is thought to be England’s oldest hotel.
The tours, which are bookable by arrangement with the Old Hall, will allow visitors to see the very room where Mary Queen of Scots was kept prisoner. The Queen’s favoured lady in waiting, Mary Seton, will be recreated by an actor from the Discover Buxton team, who will be in full Tudor dress.
Meanwhile Discover Buxton will be leading tours at the Grade 1 listed Assembly Room of the famous Crescent, where the grandeur of Georgian life will be recreated with a talk by Director of Discover Buxton tours ,Netta Christie on the 13th and 14th of September at 2pm. The exclusive visit is a unique opportunity to hear the intriguing stories of this fascinating and turbulent era, where periwigs were the height of fashion and the spa town was fast becoming the place to be amongst high society.
We’re very excited to be taking part in the Heritage Open Days and delighted to share Discover Buxton’s knowledge of this unique historic town – the events offer an opportunity to experience life as it existed from the late 1600’s until the late 1700’s.”
Sally Burton, Marketing Manager at the Old Hall added: “These special events are just the start of a new Mary Queen of Scots tour that we’ll be launching in conjunction with Discover Buxton from mid-September, providing a unique opportunity for guests to delve back into history and find out more about this exciting era.
For more information about The Old Hall Hotel visit www.oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk or call 01298 22841
For more information about Discover Buxton, visit http://discoverbuxton.co.uk or call 01298 79648
Buxton Heritage Open Days
Inside the Assembly Room Tour, The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire
Saturday 13 September: 2pm
Sunday 14 September: 2pm
Booking Contact: Netta Christie
Call: 01298 79648 Email: [email protected]
Mary Queen of Scots Tour, The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire
Thursday 11 September: 11am – 2pm
The Tales from the Bower talk will take place at 12.30pm and 2pm
Friday 12 September: 11am – 2pm
The tales from the Bower Talk will take place at 11am
Saturday 13 September: 11am – 2pm
Sunday 14 September: 11am – 2pm
Booking Contact: Sally Burton
Call: 01298 22841 Email: [email protected]