“The Devonshire Dome is a truly remarkable building. Projects which aim to bring buildings back to life present a challenge – but by God, it’s worthwhile in the end”
-HRH Prince Charles, on opening the Devonshire Campus
The Dome is architecturally stunning and with its 44-column, 145ft diameter colonnade supporting the 560 ton roof, it is one of Buxton’s most famous landmarks.
Built in the late 18th century as the Great Stables by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, it provided facilities for up to 120 horses and accommodation for the servants and ostlers accompanying visitors who were staying in the Crescent.
Nearly a century after its construction, the building was converted to eventually become the Devonshire Royal Hospital. In 2001 the University of Derby acquired the building and the Dome is now a campus for both the University and Buxton College.
The Dome offers a warm welcome to members of the public who would like to see this remarkable Grade 2* listed building. Visitors may wish to book a table in the Fine Dining restaurant or use the Spa and Hair Salon where, because these are all student training facilities, they are not only valued customers, but they become part of the students’ learning experiences.