Solomon's Temple
Solomon's Temple
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A stroll through Buxton Country park from Poole's Cavern leads to the summit of Grin Low at 1440' altitude and the Victorian viewing tower of Solomon's Temple.Built in 1896 the 20' tower with spiral stairs give a magnificent platform to view the surrounding Peak District landscape and the Spa town of Buxton in the valley below.
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  • Tourist66481577200
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely afternoon walk.
    We chose to go up the geology walk (Yellow trail) as this appeared to be the easiest way with our youngest being in a lightweight buggy. Apart from the initial steps, which were easily navigated, the route was accessible with the buggy and well worth the climb. Both children enjoyed the woodland trail; spotting wildlife, looking at the flora and fungi, the fossil wood carvings and Charlie Limeburner. The views from atop Dim Low are simply beautiful and Solomon's Temple is worth the effort of the walk. Definitely worth the walk and a lovely Sunday afternoon activity, especially if you treat yourself to a warm drink a something to eat from the cafe afterwards!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Kate G
    Norwich, United Kingdom7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views
    The temple itself is okay, you can climb to the top and the views are quite lovely! We walked from Poole's Cavern through the woods which was a fairly easy walk. There are cows about though so be aware if you aren't particularly fond of them or have dogs.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • pab
    Peak District National Park, United Kingdom245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mid afternoon walk
    Not that well advertised but found it on google maps!!! park up on the street near the cavern entrance and save your money. Go through the wood and then onto the tower for an unexpected treat with great views. You can even go up it for free. Come down the other side and the circular route will make it 2 miles top. If in Buxton and have some free time do it and you won’t be disappointed
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
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Ailisha B
Prenton, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The walk to Solomon’s Temple was very nice, going through beautiful woodland and fields. The building is very impressive and the view from the top is spectacular.
Written 12 April 2024
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robnh61
Stockport, UK1,826 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This impressive building stands at the top of the country park. It’s a bit of a climb but it’s worth it for the views of the surrounding countryside
Written 3 April 2024
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pab
Peak District National Park, UK245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Not that well advertised but found it on google maps!!!
park up on the street near the cavern entrance and save your money. Go through the wood and then onto the tower for an unexpected treat with great views. You can even go up it for free. Come down the other side and the circular route will make it 2 miles top. If in Buxton and have some free time do it and you won’t be disappointed
Written 9 March 2024
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igm76
Gold Coast, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful views are worth the relatively short walk with young children. Map (provided) offers different exploring options to keep kids entertained. We opted for shortest walk, being 25 minutes. Some steep stairs but 3 and 5 year old able to navigate easily.
This is a great, free activity and so close to town. Definitely recommend.
Written 11 October 2023
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Dawn B
Norwich, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Amazing view point, well marked and good paths. Tower was open and a few steps up gave an even bigger view. The car park has an honesty box, there was a coffee truck there too. Well worth a look.
Written 15 September 2023
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Parvati P
88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My sister and I visited this attraction over the bank holiday week , we trekked from Buxton via the pavillion gardens down to Poole's cavern and up to the temple. It was drizzly and many steps to climb ,a bit of a hike but well worth the visit.
Written 30 August 2023
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Kate G
Norwich, UK7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The temple itself is okay, you can climb to the top and the views are quite lovely!
We walked from Poole's Cavern through the woods which was a fairly easy walk.
There are cows about though so be aware if you aren't particularly fond of them or have dogs.
Written 26 August 2023
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Tourist66481577200
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We chose to go up the geology walk (Yellow trail) as this appeared to be the easiest way with our youngest being in a lightweight buggy.
Apart from the initial steps, which were easily navigated, the route was accessible with the buggy and well worth the climb.
Both children enjoyed the woodland trail; spotting wildlife, looking at the flora and fungi, the fossil wood carvings and Charlie Limeburner.
The views from atop Dim Low are simply beautiful and Solomon's Temple is worth the effort of the walk.

Definitely worth the walk and a lovely Sunday afternoon activity, especially if you treat yourself to a warm drink a something to eat from the cafe afterwards!
Written 21 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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Victoria, Australia65,067 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Solomon's Temple, also known as the First Temple, is a Temple in Jerusalem believed to have existed between the 10th and 6th centuries BCE ...so why is it that this by the same name, exists.

Solomon's Temple, also known as Grinlow Tower, is a Victorian folly on the summit of Grin Low hill...and before you ask... :) Follies are garden buildings and structures designed to enhance and enliven the surrounding landscape.

On 23 February 1894, a meeting at Buxton Town Hall decided to rebuild a landmark tower that had been built by Solomon Mycock, of the Cheshire Cheese Hotel, in the early 19th century, and of which only a few stones remained. The Local Board vice-chairman had talked with the seventh Duke of Devonshire's agent and decided that the reconstruction was feasible if the townspeople would donate sufficient money.

In 1894, the seventh Duke of Devonshire subscribed £25 towards building the folly. Buxton had already subscribed £50. The foundation stone was laid by Colonel Sidebottom, M.P., on 31 May 1896, witnessed by a large crowd, and the tower was opened by Victor Cavendish in September 1896.

There are a few reasons to visit the temple... exercise! Ha ha... I know... whatever! But on a serious note, there were many walkers doing the walk. But I feel the best reason to do it is to climb the tower and enjoy the 360 degree views from the top... but even if you are afraid of heights, you can stand at it's base and be captivated by those views. I am terrified of heights, but I still climbed the stairs to take those views in... which means if I can do it... you may be able to as well.

I am so glad I visited it... I considered NOT walking up there, but when in Rome one should do as the Roman's do... well in Buxton... this is where the locals walk and you will see why when you get there.
Written 6 May 2023
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A nice easy walk from car park to this great monument. Lovely views to buxton and a great picnic spot.
Written 8 April 2023
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