The Old Hall Hotel


Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BD (view map)


Said to be the oldest hotel in England, the Old Hall is located in the lovely spa town of Buxton in the Peak District. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here in 1573, albeit as a house prisoner! Free WiFi.


It is idyllically located in the cultural centre of Buxton, the spa town in the High Peak, one of the most outstanding scenic areas of Britain.

The present building, built by the Earl of Shrewsbury in 1550, replaced an earlier building. It is situated over a natural spring, the warm mineral waters of which were the reason for Buxton’s origin. This was the site of the Roman Baths (“Aqua Arnemetiae”) thought to have been named after the Celtic goddess Arnemetiae. The Celts considered this spring as a sacred shrine, possibly a thousand years or more before the Roman occupation. Historians believe that there has been a building on this very site since time immemorial to offer food, shelter and a place of worship for travellers, in what must have then been a very hostile landscape.

Old Hall Hotel

A more recent visitor in 1573 was the unfortunate Mary Queen of Scots. She had apartments in the present building for a number of summers as a house prisoner under the ever watchful eyes of Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Shrewsbury.

The Old Hall today gently retains that rich pedigree of the past and possesses an atmosphere that produces a harmonious synergy with the comfort and high tech requirements of today’s international traveller. If you are dining from the Dinner menu in our excellent restaurant or enjoying the Chef’s Special in our popular wine bar you will soon appreciate the extra thought and creativity of choice in our menus and wine lists. The wine bar is open all day and evening for coffee, afternoon tea and, very importantly, pre and post theatre supper.

This ancient building with many tales to tell has 39 very comfortable and sympathetically furnished bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, hairdrier and radio, direct-dial telephone and hospitality tray. There is a lift to all floors.

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Old Hall Hotel