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

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

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 road[edit]

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 train[edit]

1 Taunton station has many rail connections:

By bus[edit]

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

Get around[edit]

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 bus[edit]

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




  • 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. Taunton Deane services on Wikipedia Taunton Deane services (Q7688787) on Wikidata


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.
  • 3 Castle Bow Restaurant (Castle Hotel), +44 1823 272671. Has a national reputation for cooking excellence, although the prices and formality reflect its fame. The hotel also has Brazz (with mains from £10). tasting menu £55, mains from £16.50.
  • 4 Willow Tree, 3 Tower Lane, +44 1823-352835. Tu W F Sa from 6:30PM. Restaurant (cozy, award-winning, 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


  • 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.




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


Go next[edit]

Routes through Taunton
BristolWeston-super-Mare  N UK-Motorway-M5.svg S  → Cullompton → Exeter

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