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Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House, Fore Street, TA1 1JD


As befits a County Town, Taunton is steeped in history and has much to entertain our visitors, from the superb Somerset Museum in the remnants of the castle to the Cricket Ground and Racecourse. A centre for Arts and Culture, it has shops, cafes, restaurants, riverside walks and a weekly Farmers’ Market.

Rooted between the majestic Quantock Hills, Somerset Levels and the woodland-cloaked Blackdowns, Taunton’s lively nature plays host to major sports centre Somerset County Cricket Club. It’s also a growing business hub, serviced by a vibrant hospitality culture.


Things to do in Taunton

Taunton’s ideal location and identity as county town of Somerset makes it perfect for exploring the wider area of Taunton Deane - everywhere from the cattle-grazed meadows of the Somerset Levels to the windswept heights of the Quantock Hills and striking Blackdowns. It also boasts an impressive cultural offering, ranging from museums and ancient monuments like the ancient Taunton Castle to contemporary centres like the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre. 

Explore the Museum of Somerset, based at the 12th-century Taunton Castle, and follow Somerset’s history from prehistoric times to the present day. Stunning Perpendicular Gothic style architecture can be found soaring 163 feet above Taunton at the historic St Mary Magdalene Church, while Hestercombe Gardens are a paradise for nature lovers with fifty acres of enchanting gardens, stunning terraces, lakes and cascades.

Taunton’s town centre is a mecca for shopping, with well-known high street brands and a brilliant selection of eateries and bars, as well as pubs serving locally-sourced food and drink. Take the Taunton Heritage Trail’s self-guided tour around the town’s historical sites to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Featured in the trail you’ll find Bath Place, a picturesque narrow street with 19th-century shop fronts now brimming with independent retailers and cafés. At the top of the high street proudly sits the Victorian-designed Vivary Park, home to the annual Taunton Flower Show, proudly described as the ‘The Chelsea of the West’.

Taunton’s world-class sporting scene doesn’t disappoint. Catch a lively cricket match at The Cooper Associates County Ground or visit the Somerset Cricket Museum to explore the game’s fascinating history. Soak up a thrilling atmosphere at the Taunton Races or attend one of the racecourse’s brilliant events throughout the year, ranging from rural shows to concerts and circuses. 

For a quieter affair, the tranquility of Trull meadows and waterfall make them the perfect spot for a picnic or follow the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal for a picturesque cycle ride.

Taunton Visitor Centre

Now based in the western wing of the landmark Market House, the Taunton Visitor Centre is the place to go to make the most of your time in Taunton. The county town has plenty to offer from individual boutiques to historic architecture, modern dining to traditional tea rooms and unspoilt views to the Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills (both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Taunton offers a wide mix of activities, attractions and events - we can’t wait to help you plan the perfect trip!  

Services offered:
The Taunton Visitor Centre holds information on many wide and varied things to do within Taunton and the surrounding areas. Now a part of the bustling town centre mix, we welcome over 100,000 visitors and local residents through our doors each year.

The Visitor Centre Box Office offers tickets for most local and regional events taking place, including the hugely popular Taunton Flower Show. We are a box office for the Brewhouse Theatre and Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton and the Playhouse Theatre in Weston-super-Mare. If you're looking for that special "experience" gift then give the gift of theatre with our Theatre Tokens Gift Cards. 

The Travel Centre acts as an agent for Bakers Dolphin, Berry’s Coaches, Falcon bus service, Holiday Extras and  National Express.  As well as the booking service we offer friendly advice for local transport, parking and accommodation to make your trip stress-free.

We also offer multiple advertising and marketing opportunities to local businesses, events organisers, charities and more. 

Souvenirs and Publications:
The Visitor Centre shop is bursting with products that will help you take home a taste of Taunton, including locally produced biscuits and preserves, hand-crafted cards and a variety of colourful souvenirs. We also stock a large range of local maps, guides and books to help you truly discover Taunton and the surrounding areas.


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Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 4.30pm (closed 1pm - 1.30pm on Saturdays)
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

Road Directions

We are located on Fore Street in the centre of Taunton. The nearest car parks are The Crescent (TA1 4EA), and the Orchard (TA1 3PF) and High Street (TA1 3PB) multi-storey car parks.

Public Transport Directions

From the train station and the bus station, follow the signs into the town centre. The Market House is the stand-alone red-brick building in the town centre, adjacent to the Burma War Memorial roundabout.

The Taunton Visitor Centre is in the western wing of the Market House. The entrance is on the High Street side of the building, opposite Hays Travel and close to the Corporation Street/Fore Street traffic lights.


Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club

Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club located just 10 minutes from Junction 25 of the M5, nestling above Corfe village in the Brendon Hills, is proud to partner with Hinkley Leisure to offer special employee and the Hinkley Supply Chain rates for golf and membership deals.  Options include:
  • Full membership only £499 through to 31 March 2020.
  • Off-peak membership playing 7 days per week after 2pm (12 noon winter) only £349 through to March 2020.
  • Or join now, lock in 2019 full membership rates and get 19 months of golf for the price of 16 playing through to March 2021 for only £1185.
And if you’re more of a social golfer with a few mates, consider:
  • A Hinkley 4-ball special price of £80 on weekdays after 1pm (£100 before 1pm)
  • Or 18 holes after 1pm (12 noon Winter) with brunch for £25 per person
To take advantage of our special deals, please contact Rose or Jane on 01823 421537, email rose@tauntongolf.co.uk or jane@tauntongolf.co.uk quoting REF HL19 or visit our website at https://www.tauntongolf.co.uk.
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Taunton Visitor Centre
Market House
Fore Street
United Kingdom

T: 01823 340470

E: tauntonvisitorcentre@somerset.gov.uk

W: visitsomerset.co.uk/taunton

Facebook: @visittaunton

Twitter: @visit_taunton

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