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Taunton Visitor Information

Taunton Visitor Centre 

01823 340470

Email: tauntonvisitorcentre@tauntondeane.gov.uk

Welcome to Taunton, the buzzing, dynamic heart of one of England’s most tranquil counties.

Somerset’s county town dates back to a Saxon settlement on the banks of the River Tone and Taunton combines a sense of history with the feel of a modern, thriving community.

It’s where Somerset people come to shop, to eat, to be entertained. And they value it highly for the way retail development has been encouraged but controlled so as not to spoil the architectural heritage of a typical market town.

Markets have, in fact, played a large part in Taunton’s growth over the centuries, which is hardly surprising since it has always been at the hub of some of the West Country’s finest quality farmland.

But the site of the old pig market is now an attractive shopping complex; Castle Green, where the livestock market once operated, has been turned into a wonderful public open space surrounded by historic buildings including the Museum of Somerset; and the most recent home of the livestock trade is now being transformed into an exciting mix of retail development and housing.

Imaginative use has also been made of the historic riverside areas -  where goods were once unloaded from barges arriving by canal from Bridgwater – to create gardens, walkways and intimate shopping precincts, while striking recent growth in the restaurant sector has equipped the town with a range of eating houses to suit all tastes.

Taunton conducts its life at an easy pace nowadays, but things weren’t always quite so relaxed. The final acts in the bloody Civil War were played out around here in the 17th century and the town still remembers Judge Jeffery’s Bloody Assize, held in the Great Hall of the castle in 1685, when more than 500 rebels were sentenced to death – though the outcome for many was transportation to the colonies instead.

Taunton’s been a frequent Britain in Bloom winner and prides itself on its summer flower displays and award winning parks while leisure activities on offer include everything from concerts and exhibitions (or perhaps a visit to the weekly farmers’ or Blackdown Hill Traders’ market) to enjoying cricket in the incomparable riverside setting of the county ground.

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  1. 1610 - Castle Sports Centre

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    1610 - Castle Sports Centre

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    Taunton

    Castle Sports Centre is located within the heart...

  2. Aerosaurus Balloons

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    Aerosaurus Balloons

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    Taunton & Castle Cary

    Aerosaurus Balloons are the largest provider of...

  3. Blackbrook Pavillion

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    Taunton

    Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa is based on the...

  4. Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre

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    Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre

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    Taunton

    The Brewhouse is situated in the heart of...

  5. Brookfield House

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    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars Guest House

    Taunton

    Ian & Jill are the resident owners and extend a...

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    Price from £65.00 to £98.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  6. Buff Urban Day Spa

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    Taunton

    Winners of Day Spa Of the Year 2009/2010 &...

  7. Circular Walk - Cotlake Hill

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    Circular Walk - Cotlake Hill

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    Walking Route

    Taunton

    This walk to the south of Taunton starts at Vivary Park and passes through Trull before gently ascending Cotlake Hill to give panoramic views of Taunton and the surrounding landscape. Distance 4.5...

  8. Circular Walk - Taunton to Longaller

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    Circular Walk - Taunton to Longaller

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    Taunton

    This is an easy walk starting in central Taunton, along the banks of the River Tone and across the water meadows to the west of Taunton. Distance 4 miles.

    The circular trails are open to everyone....

  9. Corner House Hotel Exterior

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    Corner House Hotel

    3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars Hotel

    Taunton

    Built in the mid-nineteenth century as a...

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    Price from £72.00 to £88.00 Per room (room only)
  10. Cornish Farm Touring Park

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    Cornish Farm Touring Park

    4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants Holiday Park

    Taunton

    Cornish Farm is situated in the heart of Somerset...

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    Price £12.00 per pitch (2 people)
  11. Express Holiday Inn Taunton

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    Taunton

    The hotel is conveniently located at junction 25...

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    Price £68.50 Per room (breakfast included)
  12. French Weir

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    French Weir

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    Taunton

    French Weir park is a natural green area offering...

  13. Heathercroft

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    Heathercroft

    3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars Guest House

    Taunton

    Semi-detached house, on main A38 road near town...

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    Price from £30.00 to £65.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  14. 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)
  15. Langaller Manor B&B

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    Langaller Manor B&B

    Taunton

    Langaller Manor House dates back to around 1450. The accommodation is in the adjacent Coach House...

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  16. Lyndale B & B

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    Lyndale Bed and Breakfast

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Bed & Breakfast

    Taunton

    South facing and central, four minutes walk from...

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    Price from £55.00 to £70.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  17. Museum of Somerset

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    Museum of Somerset

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    Taunton

    ENTRY TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!

     

    Visit Taunton Castle

    Housed in Taunton’s historic castle, the Museum of Somerset tells the county's fascinating story from prehistoric times to the...

  18. Premier Inn - Massingham Park

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    Premier Inn - Massingham Park

    Taunton

    Get right to the heart of the action at Premier...

  19. Premier Inn - Ruishton

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    Premier Inn - Ruishton

    Taunton

    Get the best of both worlds at Premier Inn Hotel...

  20. 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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