town in Somerset, England

Taunton is the county town of Somerset, a county in the south-west of England.

Taunton

Get inEdit

By airEdit

The nearest airports are at Bristol Airport (BRS IATA), to the north-west and Exeter Airport (EXT IATA), to the south-west, both about 35 mi (56 km) away.

By roadEdit

By road, leave the M5 motorway at exit 25. Taunton has a railway station on the main line from London Paddington (typical journey time 2 hr 5 min) to Exeter (25 min), Plymouth (1 hr 30 min), and Penzance (3 hr 40 min). Bristol is 35 min away by rail.

By trainEdit

1 Taunton station has many rail connections:

By busEdit

Buses link to Wellington, Bridgwater, Yeovil, Exeter, and Chard.

South West Falcon operates a service connecting Bristol, Taunton, Exeter and Plymouth. A single fare from Plymouth to Bristol is £28. Tickets can be booked online in advance, but reservations are not strictly required.

Get aroundEdit

 
Map of Taunton (England)

Traffic in Taunton is awful. A park and ride service (the Taunton Flyer) provides transport between the town centre and a large car park at Silk Mills.

The best options are to walk or take a bus. However, the bus and railway stations are a good 15 minutes' walk apart!

By busEdit

Buses are frequent during the week, but evenings and Sundays are very limited. Buses operated by Firstbus - They are expensive.

SeeEdit

DoEdit

  • 1 Brewhouse Theatre, Coal Orchard TA1 1JL, +44 1823 283244. Professional and community theatre.    
  • Watch cricket at 2 County Ground, St James St TA1 1JT (just east of river). Somerset CCC play in the First Division of the County Championship.
  • Go to the races at 3 Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman TA3 7BL (B3170 two miles south of town), +44 1823 337172, . But only in winter, as (unusually) this is only a jumps course, with meetings every fortnight or so Oct-March. The course is near M5 but there's no junction with B3170, you need to exit at jcn 25 onto A358 west, then left onto Bridgewater Rd to zigzag around town.    

BuyEdit

  • 1 Taunton Deane services. Taunton Deane services both northbound and southbound have a WH Smith that sell all kinds of supplies and souvenirs including wooden carvings, aluminium lettering and even Buddha statues.    

EatEdit

All of the major fast food chains are represented, including two branches each of Subway and McDonalds. The town has a range of coffee shops, including the major chains Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero.

Restaurants include:

  • 1 Pizza Express, 20 Bridge Street, TA1 1UB, +44 1823 352245. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F Sa 11:30AM-11PM.
  • 2 @Tristans, 11 East Reach, TA1 3EW, +44 1823 332117. Tu-Th 6:30PM-midnight, F Sa 6PM-midnight, Su M closed.
  • Castle Bow Restaurant, in Castle Hotel, see Sleep, +44 1823 272671. W-Sa 6:30-9PM. Has a national reputation for cooking excellence, although the prices and formality reflect its fame. The hotel also has Brazz (open daily, breakfast 8-10AM, lunch noon-3PM, dinner 6-9PM, two-course set menu £12). tasting menu £64, a la carte mains from £20.
  • 3 [formerly dead link] Willow Tree, 3 Tower Lane, +44 1823-352835. Tu W F Sa from 6:30PM. Cozy restaurant with superb food, open only in the evening. from £28.
  • The Skewer House, 41 Bridge Street TA1 1TP, +44 1823 335711. Traditional and authentic Portuguese food.

DrinkEdit

  • 1 The Perkin Warbeck, 22–23 East Street, TA1 3LP, +44 1823 335830. Su-Th 8AM-midnight, F 8AM-1AM, Sa 8AM-2AM. JD Wetherspoon's pub. Its name comes from the supposed heir to the throne who marched an army into Taunton and was executed at the castle.
  • 2 The Coal Orchard, 30 Bridge St, TA1 1UD, +44 1823 447330. Su-Th 8AM-midnight, F Sa 8AM-1AM. JD Wetherspoon's pub.
  • The Plough Inn, 75 Station Road,, +44 1823 324404.

SleepEdit

BudgetEdit

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 2 Corner House Hotel, 4 Wellington Rd, +44 1823 284683. 45-room hotel spread over three buildings, but with no lift. Rooms from £61.

SplurgeEdit

  • 3 Castle Hotel, Castle Green, TA1 4AD, +44 1823 272671. Upscale hotel, some rooms still need an overhaul. Often booked out for weddings. With good restaurant. B&B double from £180.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Taunton
PlymouthTiverton  SW   NE  BridgwaterBristol


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