Vera Brittain’s Tale

Vera Brittain’s Tale

The role of places such as the Devonshire Royal Hospital and the type and conditions of the wounded soldiers are set within the experiences of Vera Brittain who grew up in Buxton and was the author of Testament of Youth. Vera Brittain decided it was her duty to leave Oxford, where she was studying, and return to Buxton during the summer of 1915 to work as a nursing assistant tending wounded soldiers. The tale provides a powerful understanding of Vera’s commitment to pacifism.

Tour Journey

We are honoured to be able to tell the story of Vera Brittain in the very place she first nursed i.e. the Devonshire Royal hospital in Buxton now the University. In the place where Vera Brittain first formed her testament to a lost youth our guide tells her powerful and moving story.

Your guide will meet you in the reception area of the dome 5 mins prior to tour.


  • Price: £8 per person.
  • Length: Approximately 1 hour
  • Seasons: Selected dates throughout the year and upon request:

    7 May 2017 - 11am and 2pm
    27 May 2017 - 11am and 2pm
    4 June 2017 - 11am and 2pm
    18 June 2017 - 11am and 2pm
    July and August - Thursdays 11am and 2pm
  • Times: Selected times as above



  • "Buxton Dome with Vera Brittain"

    We really enjoyed this tour of the Buxton dome with our Vera Brittain guide.It gave us a unique insight into the ordeals the real Vera faced nursing WW 1 soldiers whilst she struggled with her own emotions.We were privileged with a special preview.We hope to see it presented in costume later in the year.

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