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.
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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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
The Royal Ashton Hotel provides the only hotel accommodation in Taunton within a short 5 minute...
PricePrice from £45.00 to £72.00 Per room (room only)
Taunton & Castle Cary
Aerosaurus Balloons are the largest provider of Champagne Balloon Flights in the South West. Over...
- Self Catering
Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton & Bridgwater,
A wonderfully quiet self-contained apartment (An annex connected to Green End, a 1930’s house) set...
PricePrice £75.00 Per unit per night
The Holiday Inn Taunton M5, Jct. 25 hotel, although just off the motorway, ideally located between...
PricePrice £89.00 Per room (breakfast included)
A Victorian Farmhouse at the foot of the Quantock hills, 1 mile from Taunton town centre, close to...
PricePrice from £30.00 to £85.00 Per room (breakfast included)
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Paul Street, Taunton
This large and attractive village extends below...
Indoors / Rainy Day
Visit Taunton Castle
Housed in Taunton’s...