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The Old Hall Hotel and Discover Buxton Tours to unveil Buxton’s historic past

The Old Hall Hotel and Discover Buxton Tours to unveil Buxton’s historic past

Written by Netta Christie on August 29, 2014

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.

Mary Seton Buxton                                 Mary 1

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 or call 01298 22841

For more information about Discover Buxton, visit or call 01298 79648


Buxton Heritage Open Days

Inside the Assembly Room Tour, The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire

Opening Times

Saturday 13 September: 2pm

Sunday 14 September: 2pm

Booking Contact: Netta Christie

Call: 01298 79648 Email:


Mary Queen of Scots Tour, The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire

Opening Times

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:

Written by Netta Christie

Netta is the tram's conductor (and founder of Discover Buxton). She's passionate about Buxton; its fascinating past and the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of its independent businesses and local artists. She is the person who you will talk to if you want to book a tour or have any other requests.

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