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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, to the north-west and Exeter, to the south-west, both about 35 miles 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 2hr 5min) to Exeter (25 minutes), Plymouth (1h 30), and Penzance (3hr 40min). Bristol is 35 minutes away by rail.

By train[edit]

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 has been added recently (The Taunton Flyer), see National Park and Ride Directory providing transport between the town centre and a large car park at Silk Mills.

Arguably 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.





All of the major fast food chains are represented, including two branches of both Subway and McDonalds. The town also boasts a range of coffee shops, including the major chains Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero.

Restaurants include:

  • 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), +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.
  • 2 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.



  • 1 Corner House Hotel, 4 Wellington Rd, +44 1823 284683. 45 room hotel spread over three buildings, but with no lift. Rooms from £61.
  • Holiday Inn Taunton, Deane Gate Avenue, +44 870 400 9080.

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