Join an audio tour of the Devonshire Dome’s fascinating history

The famous Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome has had many guises during its intriguing 200-year plus history, currently being home to the University of Derby’s Buxton Campus. Now, for the first time, you can take a fascinating self-guided audio tour to hear the tales of one of Buxton’s best loved buildings.

Designed by the University of Derby’s first year International Tourism Management students, the fun and engaging audio tour ‘From Horses to Courses’ explores the Dome’s evolving purpose: from one of the grandest stables ever built, to a pioneering hospital and now a university campus spanned by what was once the largest unsupported dome in the world.

As you navigate yourself around the Dome using an iGuide, borrowed from the library, you will be immersed in stories of dukes and duchesses and the famous peace campaigner Vera Brittain. Accompanying this are sounds from the Dome’s different lives, which will give you a real feel for its history.

audio tour at the domeJoin the Dome’s audio tour

Pick up your free iGuide in the Devonshire Dome at the University of Derby Library and start your journey!

Share your experiences of the tour using the hashtag #DomeTour

* Opening times change seasonally and can be found on the library’s website


Special offer: 10% off afternoon tea at the Old Hall Hotel

The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton is offering a discount of 10% per person from the following afternoon tea menus for anyone who has been on the Audio Tour:

  • Mary’s Afternoon Tea, £14.95 per person
  • Sparkling Afternoon Tea, £19.50 per person

You can see the menus in full by clicking here >

Afternoon Tea is served in the Restaurant or the Wine Bar Monday to Sunday 2.00pm – 4.30pm.

Afternoon tea at the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton ensures you will be made to feel special, enjoying a little bit of luxury for an hour or two with friends or family.

The Old Hall Hotel offer a relaxed atmosphere – they don’t dictate a dress code and if you don’t care for cucumber sandwiches, they have an afternoon tea menu that will appeal to all tastes. That said, their most popular afternoon tea menu is still smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, sweet treats, and of course a pot of tea!

Please note that a discount will only be given on production of an Audio Tours voucher, which will be given to you when you book on the tour from the library within the Devonshire Dome. 

* Opening times change seasonally and can be found on the library’s website. Please note that tours will be unavailable during private events.