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Old Hall Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The oldest hotel in England, where Mary Queen of Scot’s was once under house arrest
  • In the centre of Buxton, opposite the park and Opera House
  • Lots of character in the bedrooms, which have free Wi-Fi
  • Good location for exploring the Peak District

"History soaked" -- Lonely Planet

Map & Directions

The closest airport is Manchester, an hour away by car or 1 hour 45 minutes by bus -- take the 199 Skyline direct to the Market Place in Buxton and walk the 3 minutes to the hotel. Or you can take the train -- travel into Manchester, then change for Buxton station. The station is 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel and the whole journey will take 1 hour 35 minutes or so. If you’re driving, leave the M6 motorway at junction 18 or 19 and head for Macclesfield, then follow signs for Buxton -- or leave the M1 at junction 29 and take the road towards Chesterfield. There is no private car park on site but guests can purchase discounted 24-hour parking tickets from reception for nearby spaces. These cost £3 per 24 hours.

Rooms & Rates

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Built in 1573, the Old Hall Hotel is set in the heart of the Peak District, in the pretty market town of Buxton. It has welcomed some famous guests during its history -- Mary Queen of Scots stayed here while under house arrest in the 16th century, and author Daniel Defoe called it "a very special place".

The hotel sits opposite Buxton’s Opera House and 12-acre Pavilion Gardens park -- there are picturesque views from the restaurant. It’s an excellent base if you’re exploring the nearby Peak District National Park, and it’s an easy drive to Chatsworth House, the pretty village of Bakewell and many of the area’s famous potteries.

The restaurant serves modern British fare -- look for roast pigeon with pea tart, beetroot and goat’s cheese risotto, and morello cherry chocolate torte. A Sunday lunch menu offers more traditional fare -- a range of roasts and comfort-food desserts. The wine bar serves lighter bites and dishes such as burgers and fish and chips. In the morning, breakfast is made to order and includes dishes such as filled Derbyshire oatcakes.

The hotel has endless amounts of character, with original features throughout. Some rooms are on the smaller side and you may find the floors uneven but this all adds to the property’s charm. WiFi is free and there are four-poster beds in the upgraded rooms. The grandest -- Mary’s Bower Room -- is believed to be part of the original building that ‘hosted’ Mary Queen of Scots. 



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Check-out time is 11am

National Rating
This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: GBP 3.00 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 15.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

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