A busy market town filled with character
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Taunton is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors; with beaches, ancient woodlands, and windswept hills right on the doorstep. However, there’s also plenty to enjoy in the town itself, meaning you can have a great trip whatever the weather!
Taunton Station is just outside the city centre and is connected to all the sights by a regular bus service.
For a small town, Taunton has plenty of shopping options. If you’re looking for some of your favourite brands all under one roof, try the Orchard Shopping Centre or the County Walk Shopping Centre. Both are conveniently located in the town centre, and both feature a good range of national brands, as well as local favourites.
Bath Place is a hidden gem, but don’t tell anyone we told you. It’s a local favourite thanks to its unique shops and unrivalled selection of coffee shops. The perfect place to explore to find local designers and shop owners selling one-of-a-kind pieces.
As you wander around Taunton, you’ll find a surprising number of shops selling everything from second hand records and vintage clothing to home accessories, arts and crafts and much more. The town centre is relatively flat, which is ideal if you have lots of shopping bags to carry. However, should you start to flag, there is a great selection of cafés dotted around to welcome you.
Taunton packs a punch when it comes to food and drink. It’s right in the heart of some of the best food producing regions in the UK, including Somerset which has more farmers than any other county in England. Alongside plentiful local cider, you’ll find amazing local ingredients from fresh produce to locally-reared meats and homemade cheeses.
You can sample it in any of the many pubs and restaurants in Taunton serving up delicious home cooked meals. Whether you choose one of the options in the town centre or catch a bus out to one of the picturesque villages that surround Taunton, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
Taunton is also home to an annual food and drink festival in September, where you can really fill your boots with all the amazing produce and products on offer. There’s something for everyone, and this is a great local celebration that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Whilst in Taunton, you’ll find plenty to do from discovering local history at the Somerset Museum, to taking in a show at the Brewhouse Theatre or Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. The Odeon in the town centre shows all the current blockbusters if you are a film buff.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore outdoors. The Vivary Adventure Centre offers land-based activities, while Channel Adventure encourages you to enjoy the water sports on offer. If you’d rather watch someone else do the hard work, Taunton has a great sports scene, including the Somerset County Cricket Club and Taunton Race Course.
Taunton Station has step-free access throughout. Accessible ticket machines are available in the station, as are ramps for train access. Accessible taxis are available at Taunton Station and you can ask staff for assistance.
Taunton is served by a useful bus system that connects the town centre to the surrounding villages and countryside. If you’re considering an onward journey, why not purchase a PLUSBUS pass with your train ticket? Alternatively, a taxi rank is available at the station.
For further information about Taunton Station, check out our station guide.
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If you want to explore Taunton and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Taunton before you arrive.