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Taunton

Welcome to Taunton Deane, one of the most strikingly beautiful areas in the entire West Country.

It boasts a range of stunning landscapes which few localities can match, rising from the cattle-grazed meadows of the Somerset Levels to the windswept heights of the majestic Quantock Hills and, further south, the equally striking Blackdowns with their cloak of ancient woodlands.

Both these uplands are classed as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and have retained their own, unique characters.

Taunton Deane is also home to three towns – Taunton itself, Somerset’s lively county town; bustlingWellington; and the historic borough of Wiveliscombe.

But stand in the centre of any of them and you’re no more than a few minutes from beautiful countryside, for Taunton Deane remains a largely rural area, the home of many types of farming from livestock rearing to fruit growing, for which it has long been famed.

Taunton Deane enjoys excellent transport links – it’s bisected by both the M5 and the Paddington-Penzance rail line – but economic growth hasn’t been allowed to overwhelm its special charm. Leave behind the six-lane highway and the roar of the inter-city train and you plunge into a network of by-roads and lanes, some etched deep into the soft sandstones, others offering breathtaking views as they wind up steep hillsides, and all linking a network of quiet villages and tucked-away hamlets where time has not exactly stood still, but certainly appears to have slowed down.

Yet this is no backwater. Taunton Deane has a vibrant culture, world-class attractions for the tourist, a sometimes hectic social life. It was the birthplace of Taste of the West, Britain’s largest and most dynamic regional food marketing group and all the West Country’s legendary products including cheese and cider and many more besides are now made here.

Add in first-class assured accommodation and restaurants and pubs serving locally-sourced food and drink and it all adds up to the ideal destination for a day visit, short break or holiday.

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  1. The Castle at Taunton

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    Taunton

    Located in the heart of the county town of Taunton, stands the historic Castle Hotel. If you’re looking for friendly staff, good food and wine and a central location, this is for you. Each bedroom...

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    Price from £120.00 to £225.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  2. Taunton Town Centre

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    Taunton

    Fore Street, Taunton


    Travel centre: 01823 340306

    Welcome to the county town of Somerset. Taunton is a thriving, forward-looking town where modern life sits alongside relics of its dramatic past dating back to Saxon...

  3. Castle Bow Restaurant

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    Castle Bow Restaurant

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    Restaurant

    Taunton

    At Castle Bow Restaurant in Taunton, we want you to enjoy a wonderful evening meal. There are no dress codes – just great food, served in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

    Start your evening in the...

  4. Somerset County Cricket Club

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    Somerset County Cricket Club

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    Sports Ground/Stadium

    Taunton

    Situated in the historical town of Taunton, Somerset’s county capital, the Cooper Associates County Ground makes for the perfect day out. Whether you are a family looking to enjoy a day’s cricket,...

  5. BRAZZ

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    BRAZZ

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    Restaurant

    Taunton

    Taunton's most chic spot to catch up with friends, enjoy a meal with the family or a romantic dinner. Whether you're looking for healthy or hearty, you'll find it at Brazz.   Start your day off with...

  6. The Royal Ashton Hotel

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    The Royal Ashton Hotel

    Taunton

    The Royal Ashton Hotel provides the only hotel accommodation in Taunton within a short 5 minute...

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    Price from £45.00 to £72.00 Per room (room only)
  7. Aerosaurus Balloons

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    Aerosaurus Balloons

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    Aircraft/Ballooning

    Taunton & Castle Cary

    Aerosaurus Balloons are the largest provider of Champagne Balloon Flights in the South West.  Over...

  8. The Garden Retreat

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    The Garden Retreat

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Self Catering

    Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton & Bridgwater,

    A wonderfully quiet self-contained apartment (An annex connected to Green End, a 1930’s house) set...

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    Price £75.00 Per unit per night
  9. Holiday Inn, Taunton

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    Holiday Inn, Taunton

    Taunton

    The Holiday Inn Taunton M5, Jct. 25 hotel, although just off the motorway, ideally located between...

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    Price £89.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  10. Pyrland Farm

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    Pyrland Farm

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Farmhouse

    Taunton

    A Victorian Farmhouse at the foot of the Quantock hills, 1 mile from Taunton town centre, close to...

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    Price from £30.00 to £85.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  11. Museum of Somerset

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    Museum of Somerset

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    Museum

    Taunton

    ENTRY TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!

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  12. Bishops Lydeard

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    Bishops Lydeard

    Paul Street, Taunton


    This large and attractive village extends below...

  13. Somerset County Museum

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    Indoors / Rainy Day

    Taunton

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