A glorious piece of Victoriana, the Devonshire Dome contains part of the campus of the University of Derby and an opulent spa offering...
Another impressive Buxton construction, the graceful curved terrace of the Crescent - reminiscent of the Royal Crescent in Bath - is...
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Buxton Spa information
In Victorian times, spa activities were centred on the extravagant Buxton Baths complex, built in grand Regency style in 1854. The various bath buildings are fronted by a grand, curving facade, known as the Crescent , inspired by the Royal Crescent in Bath. Today it sits empty, awaiting a developer with enough money to restore the town spa. For a taste of what the baths looked like in their heyday, pop around the corner to Cavendish Arcade , whose walls retain their original eggshell-blue art-deco tiles.
Across from the Crescent at the base of the Slopes is the empty Pump Room , which dispensed Buxton's spring water for nearly a century. Modern day health-tourists queue up to fill plastic bottles from a small spout known as St Ann's Well , immediately west of the Pump Room. It's worth climbing the green terraces of the Slopes for the definitive view over Buxton's grand Victorian rooftops.