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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.
- First Great Western operate direct trains to London Paddington and to Worcester and Great Malvern.
- CrossCountry operate services to Taunton from Birmingham, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
- Both companies run direct trains to Bristol and Cheltenham Spa, Exeter, Paignton, Plymouth, and Penzance.
- For train times, see National Rail Enquiries.
Buses link to Wellington, Bridgwater, Yeovil, Exeter, and Chard.
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!
Buses are frequent during the week, but evenings and Sundays are very limited. Buses operated by Firstbus - They are expensive.
- 1 Museum of Somerset, Castle Green, TA1 4AA, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Sa and Bank Holiday M 10AM-5PM.
- 3 Somerset Cricket Museum, 7 Priory Ave, ☎ . Apr-Oct Tu-F 11AM-3:30PM (phone if travelling). Small volunteer-run museum about cricket. £1.
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 Caffe Nero.
- Pizza Express
- Jenny @ Tristrams (East Reach)
- The Old Bear (Near Police Station)
- Uddins (East Reach - several awards for its currys)
- 1 Castle Bow Restaurant (Castle Hotel), ☎ . 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.
- 2 Willow Tree, 3 Tower Lane, ☎ . Tu W F Sa from 6:30PM. Restaurant (cozy, award-winning, restaurant with superb food), open only in the evening. from £28.
- Castle Hotel, Castle Green. Rooms from £115.
- 1 Corner House Hotel, 4 Wellington Rd, ☎ . 45-room hotel spread over three buildings, but with no lift. Rooms from £61.
- Holiday Inn Taunton, Deane Gate Avenue, +44 870 400 9080.