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Review: Beautiful Buxton at the Palace by National Holidays

Escorted Tour - Coach

Buxton, United Kingdom

3-day coach trip by National Holidays

  • By SilverTraveller davidw

    10 reviews

    Ribbon

  • April 2017
  • Partner

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The itinerary in the National Holidays guide book read:
Enjoy the picturesque tour of Buxton along with the delight of the glorious Derbyshire Peak District taking in the beautiful setting of Matlock Bath, the Chatsworth Estate and charming Bakewell. All along with fine hotel accommodation to ensure three special days away. Included visit to Holmfirth,the setting for televisions " Last of the Summer Wine". Visit to Chesterfield Market.

Sounded ideal as my partner and myself needed a quick fix between holidays.
We stepped on the bus at Gateshead at 8 in the morning picking up fellow passengers via Sunderland & Teesside before the final pick up at Darlington about 10.

Not sure of the cost of a modern coach these days but was surprised no satnav on board. The driver then got lost & after spending an hour driving around Huddersfield finally arrived at Holmfirth at 3pm. Not the best weather at Holmfirth. On arriving at the bus station an actor dressed as Compo boarded touting for business for either a coach or walking tour around the town. Not surprisingly no takers after hours on the coach and quite heavy Pennine showers. Not much happening in Holmfirth unless you are a massive addict of " Summer Wine ". A couple of decent bars to spend 2 hours 15 minutes & that’s it.

Back on the coach and we arrived at the Palace Hotel Buxton in time for a quick wash before dinner. The Palace is an elegant Victorian building with majestic staircases and sizeable grounds. Unfortunately the plumbing in the rooms sounded like a ships foghorn . The free WI Fi was very limited & impossible to use. The dinner menu was good & extensive but some foods were not cooked very well. The flasks full of tea & coffee were cold 3 out of the 4 meals we had.

9.15 in the morning & the day began. The driver waited less than 10 minutes for missing passengers before declaring " they have had it now" .
First stop was Bakewell. An attractive town famous for cakes and puddings it has a quaint bridge were couples attach lovelocks to a bridge. 2 hours 15 minutes later and its back on the bus. Next stop Matlock, the driver stating " there is nothing in Matlock Bath so we will park at the bus station at Matlock". Matlock is a nice small town. We met most of our fellow passengers having lunch at the Weatherspoon’s bar.
Next a very quick drive around the glorious Chatsworth Estate. Would have been nice if the driver could have stopped 5 minutes for a photo opportunity , but managed a quick snap out of the coach window.

Final day & its back on the coach at 9.15. The final stop on the tour is Chesterfield Market. Chesterfield is an ok town with its church & the famous crooked spire. 3 hours in Chesterfield was a long time, visiting the church and the towns 2 Weatherspoon’s .

Overall I quite enjoyed the trip & felt relaxed. At £99 per head it was excellent value for money. Would have preferred more frequent shorter stops, saving wasting time in bars & coffee shops. The age range of the group was between 40 -80 years old. Everyone managed ok including a gent in a walking frame.

Tip for the trip: Take extra tea bags, powdered milk & a few toiletries as not too many freebies in the hotel. The bar in the hotel was expensive , so have a walk into Buxton if possible.

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