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Holidays in Taunton

Somerset's bustling county town on the banks of the River Tone

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Countryside near Taunton

Taunton is a bustling, historic town in the heart of Somerset. Surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Somerset Levels and Quantock Hills, Taunton’s idyllic location attracts numerous visitors.

Perfect for shoppers, foodies and ramblers, this historic Somerset town has something for every type of holiday. In the centre, independent shops, cafes and high street stores can be found. The eclectic high street is lined with period buildings, hinting to Taunton’s past.

Cyclists can enjoy the Somerset Towpath through Bridgwater and Taunton. Meander past moored boats in the pretty canal and stop for a picnic along the way. Walkers are welcome to wander this route, too. There are many countryside walks to enjoy in the area, including the circular routes through Ash Common and Castle Neroche. Both are around 3 miles long and pass through some of the region’s most spectacular landscapes.

Taunton centre

Hestercombe is one of Taunton’s grandest heritage sites. Set in 50 acres, this exquisite building is home to a 17th century watermill, woodland walks and magnificent formal gardens. The house is also open to the public, so be sure to explore this unique heritage site. Just outside the town, discover Bishops Lydeard Mill . This beautifully restored mill offers a unique insight into the area’s history. It’s also home to Dusty Miller’s Tea Room, famed for serving one of the best cream teas in Somerset.

Taunton is a haven for foodies, showcasing the finest local produce at farmers’ markets, restaurants and breweries. Sheppy’s Cider is not to be missed on a trip to Taunton. Take a walk through the orchards and sample some delicious local cider.

“Taunton is surrounded by the stunning Somerset Levels and Quantock Hills.”

For a fine dining experience, head to The Willow Tree . Expect decadent starters such as Montgomery’s Cheddar soufflé with walnut and celery cream sauce, and mains such as seared loin of Quantock venison with braised endive, cardoon and celeriac dauphinoise. For a hearty meal, Hideout is praised among locals and visitors. Try the pan fried fillet of sea bass with crushed potatoes and roasted fennel, or the Hideout’s slow cooked belly of pork with crispy crackling, creamed mash and black pudding. For a cosy pub meal, head to The Queens Arms. Tuck into the medallions of pork fillet with creamy pea mash and rich gravy, or grilled gammon topped with fresh honey.

Taunton is just 30 minutes from the coast, making it perfect for anyone wishing to explore Somerset’s diverse range of landscapes. A short drive will take you to the coastal towns and villages of Watchet and Kilve.

While you’re there

Sheppy’s Cider

Sample Somerset's famous local tipple and admire the beautiful orchard's that make this popular cider.

Hestercombe House & Gardens

Hestercombe House & Gardens offers stunning scenery, excellent tea rooms and tasty food.

Bishops Lydeard Mill

Visit this restored mill and discover the history and heritage of this interesting location.

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