Taunton is a historic English town with a religious and military past dating back over 1,000 years, from its 10th-century monastery to the striking Taunton Castle. The centre of Taunton boasts charming British pubs and fine-dining restaurants, along with fascinating museums and cultural entertainment.
Things to do
If you’re interested in the region’s rich history, visit the Museum of Somerset and explore a range of artefacts found within the area, such as a Bronze-Age South Cadbury shield and the Low Ham Roman Mosaic. The museum is located within the 12th-century great hall of Taunton Castle, a Grade I-listed fortress showcasing Norman and Georgian architecture.
Do you love cricket? Discover more about the game and its history in Somerset at the Somerset Cricket Museum. Learn about the Somerset County Cricket Club and see photos of the club’s national players and English women’s cricket team. If you want to watch a live game, head next door to the Cooper Associates County Ground, which has been hosting county cricket since 1882.
Architecture abounds within Taunton, from the towering parapets of the 14th-century St James’ Church to the sandstone-built Church of St Mary Magdalene. Combine history with culture at The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, where you can watch live theatre and attend art shows.
Hang out around the centre of Taunton to enjoy a wealth of pubs and restaurants, from cocktails at Pitcher & Piano to European favourites at Wildwood. If you need a break from the hustle, kick back in Vivary Park with a stroll along the Sherford Stream.
Taunton is connected to various major cities via trains departing from Taunton railway station, about 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre. You can easily get around on foot or by using public buses and taxis, but a hire car is best for exploring further.