Devonshire Dome

Historic Building in Buxton

Devonshire Dome
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As part of William Cavendish’s ambitious vision for Buxton, the Devonshire Dome stands as a testament to architectural grandeur. Notably, it boasts the largest unsupported dome in the United Kingdom. Constructed in the 1780s on an octagonal base, its original purpose was to accommodate horses and servants for guests staying at the impressive Buxton Crescent, another remarkable project undertaken by Cavendish.

In the early 2000s, the Devonshire Dome underwent extensive restoration and is now a part of the University of Derby’s Devonshire Campus. Visitors are invited to enter and marvel at the awe-inspiring dome, which surpasses both the Pantheon and St. Paul’s Cathedral in size, measuring 44.2 meters in diameter.

Within the Dome, there are various amenities to enjoy. A commercial spa offers relaxation and rejuvenation, while a cafe and restaurant provide opportunities to indulge in culinary delights. The dome itself serves as a magnificent venue for fairs and functions throughout the year, adding to its allure and versatility.

The Devonshire Dome appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Buxton!

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Visiting Devonshire Dome

Address: Devonshire Dome, Buxton, UK
Duration: 20 minutes

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