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12 photos that capture the true beauty of Buxton

PUBLISHED: 21:00 12 August 2016

Solomons temple by Kevin Davies

Solomons temple by Kevin Davies

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Our readers share their photos of a famous spa town.

Famous for its natural spring water and classical architecture, the popular spa town of Buxton was founded by the Romans, but it was the fifth Duke of Devonshire who put the town on the tourist map with development in the 18th century.

For the finest view of the superb townscape, visitors should walk to the summit of The Slopes, where the skyline is pierced by the octagonal dome of the concert hall of the Victorian Pavilion Gardens, the twin domes of the Edwardian Opera House, the cupola of the classical St John’s Church and the huge dome of the Buxton Campus of Derby University – known as the Devonshire Dome. At the time of its construction in 1878, this dome was the largest in the world, even out-sizing St Peter’s in Rome and St Paul’s in London.

Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’ and ‘England’s leading spa town’, Buxton is the backdrop for numerous festivals and events – including the renowned Buxton Festival of opera, music and literature which takes place each summer and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.

Must-visit sites include the magnificent Grade I listed Crescent, currently undergoing re-development; Poole’s Cavern, one of most the spectacular show caves in the country; Buxton Country Park and the folly known as Solomon’s Temple; and the Pavilion Gardens complex, with its 23 acres of beautifully-restored Victorian pleasure gardens, Arts Centre and gallery.

Why don’t you upload your Buxton photos to the reader photo gallery? We pick the best ones each month to go in the magazine.

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