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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 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]

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.





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.

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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