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Attractions in Taunton Deane

From historic houses to a heritage railway, to a centre where one of the oldest rural crafts still flourishes – there’s plenty to go and see in Taunton Deane.

Taunton was one of the most important stations on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Bristol and Exeter Railway and not far away is a well-preserved survivor of the golden age of Victorian train travel.

At 22 miles long the West Somerset Railway is the country’s longest heritage line, running steam and diesel services from Bishop’s Lydeard, a few miles outside Taunton, to the sea at Minehead, passing through spectacular scenery – and climbing to nearly 500 feet at Crowcombe Heathfield – in the process.

The picturesque Quantock Hills village of Bishop’s Lydeard itself is home to a rural life and transport museum giving a glimpse of the traditional farming methods of gentler, pre-mechanisation days in an area where agriculture continues to be the major local industry.

From picnic baskets to balloon baskets: they’re all made in Somerset from the withies, or willow shoots, which are grown and harvested on the Somerset Levels. Balloon baskets? Certainly. Balloon makers insist on them because only withy baskets have the strength and flexibility necessary to cope with heavy landings.

You’ll learn this and much more at the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre in Stoke St Gregory, where a wide range of locally crafted goods are on sale.

Lying just north of Taunton is Hestercombe House, an absolute must-see attraction for garden lovers. The house itself overlooks one of the finest formal gardens laid out and planted collaboratively by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, while there’s a more recently-restored classical 18th century garden nesting behind the house, complete with water and architectural features.

Meanwhile another architectural gem lies just a few miles away. It’s Cothay Manor, near Wellington, virtually unaltered since it was completed in 1480.

Taunton Deane also offers two outstanding museums, the award-winning and recently refurbished Museum of Somerset, housed in part of Taunton Castle, and Wellington Museum, which offers among other things an insight into the town’s industrial heritage.

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  1. Bishops Lydeard Mill

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    Bishops Lydeard Mill and Rural Life Museum

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    Water Mill

    Bishops Lydeard, Taunton

    Located in the Vale of Taunton Deane, Bishops...

  2. Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre

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    Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre

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    Theatre

    Taunton

    The Brewhouse is situated in the heart of...

  3. Cothay Manor

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    Cothay Manor

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    Garden

    Greenham, Nr Wellington

    Nowhere evokes the magic of the past more than Cothay. Hidden for centuries it has remained virtually untouched since it was enlarged in 1485 and built in 1480.
    Cothay is situated five miles South...

  4. Cotleigh Brewery

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    Cotleigh Brewery

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    Tour Guide

    Taunton

    Cotleigh Brewery started trading in 1979, and has...

  5. French Weir

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    French Weir

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    Garden

    Taunton

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

  6. Goodland Gardens

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    Goodland Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

    Taunton

    Goodland Gardens is a centrally located park...

  7. mill pond

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    Hestercombe Gardens

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    Garden

    Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton

    Discover 300 years of garden design in one inspiring estate. Wander along the lakeside paths of the Georgian Landscape Garden, admire the views from the Victorian Terrace and see the stunning...

  8. Longrun Meadows

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    Longrun Meadows

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    Garden

    Taunton

    Longrun Meadow is a 65 acre country park, walking...

  9. Museum of Somerset

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    Museum of Somerset

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    Museum

    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...

  10. Sheppy's Cider Farm, Shop and Museum

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    Sheppy's Cider Farm, Shop and Museum

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    Museum

    Nr Taunton

    With a history spanning six generations, and over...

  11. 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,...

  12. Somerset Cricket Museum

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    Somerset Cricket Museum

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    Museum

    Taunton

    Display of Somerset County Cricket Club...

  13. Tacchi Morris Arts Centre

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    Tacchi Morris Arts Centre

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    Theatre

    Taunton

    Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre is a multipurpose space...

  14. Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir

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    Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir

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    Music Venue

    Taunton

    The choir seeks to maintain the very best...

  15. Taunton Racecourse

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    Taunton Racecourse

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    Venue Provider

    Orchard Portman, Nr Taunton

    The youngest National Hunt racecourse in Britain and one of the most beautifully located, with outstanding views across the racecourse to the wooded slopes of the Blackdown Hills, yet only a few...

  16. Victoria Park

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    Victoria Park

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    Parks & Gardens

    Taunton

    Victoria Park is open parkland of around 5.7...

  17. Vivary Park

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    Vivary Park

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    Garden

    Taunton

    Vivary Park is Taunton’s premium park, located just minutes away from the town centre. At 7.5 hectares, Vivary Park is the perfect place to go for a picnic, a stroll or to spend the day. The...

  18. Visiting Wellington Monument

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    Wellington Monument

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    Tower

    Wellington

    The 175ft high obelisk was erected to celebrate...

  19. Wellington Museum

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    Wellington Museum

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    Museum

    Wellington

    Three hundred year old listed building housing...

  20. Wellington Park

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    Wellington Park

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    Parks & Gardens

    Wellington

    Wellington Park is one of Taunton Deane's most...

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