Taunton is the county town of Somerset. There's plenty to do in the town from cinema and theatre, shopping and the yearly flower show is one not to be missed. There's historic architecture and churches and supurb views across the the Blackdown and Quantock Hills. Loads of restaurants and pubs serving locally sourced food, beers and ciders.
Taunton Visitor Centre
Find out all the local happenings at the Taunton Visitor Centre at the landmark Market House in Fore Street. Here you can book travel, event tickets and find out general information about the town. There is a shop on-site which sells maps and guides as well as souvenirs, biscuits and preserves.
Address: Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House, Fore Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JD
Telephone: 01823 340470
Email: Send email
Website: Taunton Visitor Centre
Opening times: Mon to Fri: 9:30am - 4.30pm. Sat: 9.30am - 1pm / 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. Please note: Opening Hours are subject to change.
Somerset Cricket Museum
Stumped for something to do? Then the Somerset Cricket Museum may be the answer. The museum is housed in the last remaining building of the Augustinian Taunton Priory, a 15th century stone barn. The displays mainly cover the history of the cricket club and players including 'Beefy' Ian Botham. There is also a section devoted to the England women's cricket team, as the County Ground serves as their headquarters. Some visitors come to see the ancient building rather than the cricket memorabilia, but whatever the case, we are sure you'll be bowled over!
Address: Somerset Cricket Museum, 7 Priory Avenue, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1XX
Telephone: 01823 275893
Email: Send email
Website: Somerset Cricket Museum
Admission times: See website for details.
Admission charge: £1 for adults, 50p for under 16s and free for members of Somerset County Cricket Club.
Refreshments: Yes, there's an on-site restaurant.
Vivary Park is close to Taunton town centre and covers 7.5 hectares of parkland and is a prime surviving example of a late Victorian public park. Since the mid 1800s the area has been used to host events including the first Taunton Flower Show. The front gates, bandstand and one shelter date from the late 19th century. There's a memorial fountain to Queen Victoria which was unveiled in 1907 and in 1902 an oak tree was planted close to the bandstand to mark the coronation of Edward VII. There’s a large children's adventure play area, tree trail, public toilets with disabled facilities, tennis courts, Vivary Golf Club café, Vivary Adventure and High Ropes Centre, pay and play golf course and mini golf.
Address: Just off Upper High Street, running parallel with Mount Street. The main entrance is via Upper High Street, the southern entrance via Mount Street and the western entrance is by way of the wooden bridge from Wilton Lands.
Telephone: 01823 356356
Website: Vivary Park
Opening times: The park closes at dusk every day.
Parking: There are public car parks nearby are at Fons George, Ash Meadows and Orchard multi storey.
Refreshments: Yes, at Vivary Golf Club.
Directions to Taunton from A358: Just stay on the A358 north bound and this will take you directly into Taunton. It's about 8 miles from the A303.
Website: Visit Somerset Website
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