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Taunton

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Taunton

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.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 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

Eat[edit]

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

Drink[edit]

  • 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.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

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

Splurge[edit]

Go next[edit]

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


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