Cornwall + the West

Cornwall + the West Travel Guide

Much of Kingston Lacy's interior reflects the taste of a 19th-century Bankes descendant, a friend of Lord Byron who lived on the Continent to avoid prosecution for homosexuality and had all kinds of treasures shipped back to Dorset, including a gilded ceiling from a Venetian palazzo.

Poundbury’s chocolate factory has a shop where the sweets are sold.

The civil war is obliquely memorialized in the towering aspect of Corfe Castle, a hilltop ruin in the southeastern corner of Dorset.

 A 95-mile stretch between Dorset and East Devon is England’s first natural unesco World Heritage site. The South West Coast Path runs the entire length, providing walkers with dramatic English Channel views.

An indoor skating rink designed like a 1970's commissary, the staff here wear outfits that look as if they were left over from some failed Scandinavian attempt to host the Winter Games.

An old brewery that has since been repurposed into an unpleasantly commercial shopping arcade with the pandering interactive Timewalk through Weymouth's history, a tour conducted by a cartoon character of a brewery cat.

Weymouth's role in D-day, along with the part the town played in defending against the Spanish Armada and the Napoleonic fleets, is showcased at Nothe Fort, a harbor defense that was built between 1860 and 1872 and is now a naval museum with an enticing collection of old-fashioned military dioram

Reputed to be Weymouth's oldest tavern, the building dates to the 16th century. A visit to the bar, with its low-beamed ceiling and its pervasive scent of beer, is enough to conjure images of sailors and serving wenches merrily exchanging banter throughout the centuries.