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The history of The Dome

Plymouth’s waterfront is a spectacular location and we believe we have created something really special in the Dome. We wanted to make the most of some of the existing features – as well as the view – and believe the ocean liner theme is the perfect fit for Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City and, of course, for those who want a great night out on the waterfront.

The transformation of the dilapidated building into a striking art deco styled venue with all the opulence of a 1930s ocean liner is now complete and the interior is stunning!

Architect Tony Irish designed the dome-shaped venue on the Hoe, aptly named The Dome, in 1988. The Dome was conceived as part of Mayflower commemorations in Plymouth and started life as a local museum and tourist information centre.

Queen Elizabeth II visited The Dome on 20 July 1988, during which she unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first battle of the Spanish Armada. This striking metal wall sculpture is next to the entrance to Ocean View, complete with commemorative plaque.

After the museum closed in 2006 the Dome has had a chequered history with several restaurants opening and closing at the venue.

Fast forward to 2021 and the Dome is now in the experienced hands of John Milan and Steve Bellman whose business Inns of Cornwall & Devon is responsible for running a number of award-winning pubs across the south west.

Together with our General Managers and their team we look forward to a bright future for this iconic building.