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Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Set in the heart of Buxton, Pavilion Gardens has Grade II status and is included on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Interest.


Pavilion Gardens, St Johns Road, Buxton SK17 6BE


There is a 270 space pay and display car park on the corner of St John's Road and Burlington Road (SK17 9AR) with 8 disabled car parking spaces on the lower level.  

Facilities and features

  • historic parkland landscape
  • floral displays
  • lakes and watercourses including the River Wye
  • cascades and fountain (lit at night)
  • promenades and walks
  • play area for children aged 0 to 6
  • play area for children aged 7 to 12
  • outdoor gym equipment
  • surfaced multi use game area
  • toilets
  • bandstand
  • miniature railway
  • kiosk next to the lake and older children's play area (managed by the Pavilion Gardens Complex)

The nearby Pavilion Gardens complex provides a cafĂ© and programme of events and activities. The Buxton Opera House forms part of this complex along with the Conservatory.

Caring for the site


Looking after our parks

You can contact us about parks anytime by completing one of our forms below.

For a general enquiry please use the form below.

If you need to report a problem in one of our parks or play areas please use one of the below forms.

Events in Pavilion Gardens

Visit the Pavilion Gardens website for information on events and activities in the park.

Friends of Pavilion Gardens

The park has an active and committed friends group who have been working to support the park for 10 years. They secured the funding to refurbish the children's play areas and are involved in a variety of activities including, organising and running events in the park and practical planting activities.

Parks Management Plans

The parks individual management plan will define the current and future management and maintenance of the park for a 10-year period from 2021 to 2031.

The plan aims to provide clear direction for the future management and maintenance of the park, ensuring that the park is conserved and enhanced in its entirety whilst balancing the needs of visitors and residents alike.

Pavilion Gardens and Serpentine Walks management Plan [2MB]

Canada Geese in the Gardens

Responding to comments from constituents, Councillor Madeline Hall who represents Corbar ward, initiated a snapshot survey of views on Canada Geese in Pavilion Garden. 740 people responded over the 14 days the survey was open. Views were wide ranging.

Canada geese in Pavilion Gardens - survey one [154KB]

Nearly half of the respondents took time to add a comment. These are presented in full in order of receipt below.

Canada geese - comments [367KB]

After reviewing the feedback, Paul Finn of Sustainable Hayfield (and a retired Countryside Manager in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire) led a walk in the park with Councillor Hall, Councillor Jean Todd and a Council officer to look at options for possible trials to strike a balance for wildlife in a public park. Other parks' authorities, in the UK and abroad offer examples. Whatever is done (or not) will need public 'buy-in' with people willing to give it a go.

17 facts about Canada geese [54KB]

Canada geese elsewhere - what works and what doesn't [42KB]

See below for a report with recommendations and a compilation of comments from the second survey.

Canada geese survey two report [119KB]

Canada geese survey two comments [199KB]