South Somerset

Market Towns in South Somerset


TA19, Ilminster


Ilminster takes its name from the River Ile and the Minster church dating from 1450.  The town grew up around the church and some of the oldest buildings are close to the churchyard including the grammar school founded in 1549. 


In Victorian times the town was an important staging post for travellers with east-west and north-south routes converging there.  Market Square has a colonnaded market cross rebuilt in 1813 and is surrounded by handsome buildings.  Ilminster is an attractive and peaceful town with a good variety of shops, a theatre and enchanting street names like Strawberry Bank.

Must See and Do

  1. Indulge in retail therapy at shops like Dyers - a traditional drapers
  2. Enjoy the latest art at the Meeting House Arts Centre with coffee and a cake or lunch
  3. Find ancient and modern at the 15th century Minster with engraved glass doors added for the Millenium
  4. Watch the latest production at the Warehouse Theatre
  5. Sample cider and discover how it's made at Perry's Cider Mill in Dowlish Wake
  6. Learn something different at Dillington House where an exciting range of courses, concerts and events is on offer
  7. Stretch your legs on the Stopline Way - walk details from the Information Centre

Local Facilities

  • Accommodation
  • Library
  • Petrol Station
  • Pharmacy
  • Post Office
  • Pubs and eating places
  • Supermarket and range of small shops

Road Directions

lminster is 10 miles south east of Taunton and the M5

Maps: Multimap

Rail: Nearest stations are Taunton and Crewkerne

Bus: for routes and timetables got to the


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