“This is indeed a very special place with its own special feeling,” wrote Daniel Defoe in 1727 about the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton – and who are we to argue?!

Reputed to be the oldest hotel in England, the Old Hall Hotel has a rich history that dates back hundreds of years. Today it’s the epitome of luxury and comfortable style in the heart of Buxton, and it’s the perfect place to stay while enjoying this picturesque spa town and exploring the Peak District.


About the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton


This ancient hotel has many tales to tell!  The present building dates back to 1573, but it was built on the foundations of an even earlier inn or hostelry. 

The Old Hall Hotel as it stands today was built for the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, the latter being the formidable ‘Bess of Hardwick’ who was also responsible for the building of Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth House.  It was built with the sanction of Queen Elizabeth I to provide accommodation for Mary Queen of Scots, who was at that stage under house-arrest and in the custody of the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury. Mary reputedly spent 7 summers in Buxton. 


Bedrooms at the Old Hall Hotel

The 35 bedrooms at the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton are renowned for their originality, with each room unique in décor, style and furnishings.  All provide luxury and comfort, designed to be sympathetic to the heritage of the building while providing all the modern comforts you would expect, including en-suite bathrooms, TV and radio, writing desks, hairdryers, telephones and hospitality trays.

No matter the reason for your visit or the number in your party, you’ll find a bedroom to suit you.  

Choose from:


These comfortable bedrooms feature a double bed, an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities. 

Classic Double/Twins

These classic bedrooms are beautifully furnished and all have a double bed or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.  They’re perfect for a night away with space to relax.

Executive Double/Twins

These elegant, spacious bedrooms all have a King-sized double bed, an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.  Fluffy bathrobes are provided and there’s a seating area in which to relax … perfect for a special treat!

Four Poster Room

This wonderful room features a four-poster bed, an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.  Fluffy bathrobes are provided.  Perfect for a romantic weekend away!

Queen Mary’s Bower

For the ultimate treat, why not stay in Queen Mary’s Bower, an elegant, spacious room in the original apartments where Mary Queen of Scots was kept under house arrest during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  With a four-poster bed and all the luxury you’d expect from the Old Hall Hotel, it’s perfect for an unforgettable stay in this historic building.


Further details

For the comfort of all our guests, our bedrooms are non-smoking.  There is a lift to all floors.

We welcome dogs in the Classic bedrooms for a small additional fee of £20.  Just let us know before your stay if you’d like to bring your four-legged friend. 

Our standard rates are inclusive of the Old Hall Hotel’s full English breakfast and VAT.  Room Only rates are also available on request, as are rates for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

If you are organising a group booking or a corporate event, ask about our Group and Corporate rates.

Dining at the Old Hall Hotel

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The Old Hall Hotel is renowned for its high quality dining, offering the very best in traditional and British cuisine. Our talented chefs prepare food daily using fresh, local produce.

Our popular menus are complemented with a wine cellar to meet the demands of even the most informed diners and wine connoisseurs.

Choose to dine in either the warm, charming Cockerel Wine Bar, which still has the ambience of the ancient coaching hotel, or our stylish restaurant overlooking the beautiful Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. 

The Old Hall Hotel is the perfect choice for any special occasion, family treat or business meeting, as well as pre- and post-theatre dining. Our bar and restaurant are open to residents and non-residents.  We also cater for weddings, special occasions, groups and private diners, as well as corporate functions.

Afternoon Tea

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For a real treat, why not book an Afternoon Tea at the Old Hall Hotel?  This English tradition harks back to old colonial days, conjuring up images of fine bone china, cucumber sandwiches and cream scones.  The Afternoon Tea at the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton is every bit as special, and offers a little bit of luxury for an hour or two with friends or family.

There’s a relaxed atmosphere at the Old Hall Hotel; there’s no strict dress code, and if you don’t care for cucumber sandwiches there are plenty of other options on our menu that will appeal!    

Afternoon Tea is served in the restaurant or the Cockerel Bar Monday to Sunday 2:00pm – 4:30pm.

Special Occasions at the Old Hall Hotel


With its rich history, elegant architecture and beautiful location in the heart of the Peak District, it’s little wonder that the Old Hall Hotel has been voted by brides and grooms in Derbyshire as the Best Wedding Venue in a Town or City in the East Midlands.

We’d love you to celebrate your special day at the Old Hall Hotel!  Whether you want a venue for a civil ceremony, all-day reception or an evening celebration, the Old Hall Hotel offers bespoke weddings to suit any budget.

The Old Hall Hotel is delighted to be able to offer civil ceremony services in a choice of beautiful function rooms, with plenty of space for your day and evening reception.   

Our wedding events team can advise you on everything to make your day absolutely perfect.  From the floral arrangements and seating plans, to photo opportunities and your first dance, we’re here to make sure everything runs perfectly, leaving you free to treasure each and every special moment.


Business Events

The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton is an excellent venue for the business executive or for local committee boards.  We can offer a choice of rooms for small conferences or meetings, set up as boardrooms, classrooms or theatres, depending on your requirements, all with a warm, welcoming atmosphere.  You’ll have everything at your fingertips to run a smooth, successful meeting or event. 

We can help you organise business lunches and corporate entertainment in the area as well, to keep your delegates motivated and to encourage team building.


Group Bookings

The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton welcomes groups from all across the UK.  Group requirements are catered for with careful planning and flexibility – there’s nothing packaged about our service!  Every member of your Group will receive the utmost care and attention from our experienced staff.

We can help you with every aspect of your Group booking, from planning menus, schedules and organised trips, to bedroom allocation and room hire.  If required, we can also offer a Group check-in service and welcome pack.

The Old Hall Hotel Location


The Old Hall Hotel stands at the heart of the beautiful spa town of Buxton, just on the edge of the Peak District National Park. 

With its gracious architecture and fascinating history, Buxton is a wonderful place to explore.  There are many independent shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants, not to mention a full programme of events at the stunning Opera House, designed by Frank Matcham.

The Old Hall Hotel is directly opposite the beautiful Pavilion Gardens, a historic venue dating back to 1871. Set within 23 acres of landscaped parkland, with a boating lake, adventure playground and miniature train, it’s a great place for families to enjoy.

Venturing further afield, Buxton is within very close driving distance of the Peak District, with its stunning scenery and charming villages.  It’s the perfect landscape for walking, cycling, climbing, riding, or just soaking up the views.

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