10 Best Things To Do In Taunton, England

best things to do in taunton uk

Taunton, UK is a city brimming with religious and military history. Most of Taunton has gone through centuries of regeneration and heavy reconstruction, but it’s still a major tourist attraction. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in taunton for a fab weekend away!

1. Bishops Lydeard Mill & Rural Life Museum

Posted by Debby Wale on Thursday, 4 August 2016

Located in the Vale, Bishops Lydeard is actually a small village. Originally, there were two mills, Higher and Lower. However, the Higher mill was demolished. The Bishops Lydeard Mill was restored by the Back Family for many years. This museum has features such as the Transport Museum, interactive displays, handcrafted models of wagons and carriages, scenic displays of mills, a farm yard, and much, much more! Don’t forget to grab a gift or two while exiting the Bishops Lydeard Mill & Rural Life Museum!

Bishops Lydeard Mill & Rural Life Museum

Website: Bishops Lydeard Mill & Rural Life Museum

2. Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

Posted by The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre on Tuesday, 4 July 2017

On March 28, 1977, the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre opened. With a 360 seat auditorium and a 60 seat studio theatre, it’s the largest theatre in Taunton! The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre is a multi-purpose centre for arts organizations, community groups, and businesses. Also, the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre has many facilities including a Creative Hub for visual arts, a gallery for exhibits and workshop space, and a large promenade bar for literary content.

Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

Address: Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL

Website: Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

3. Vivary Park

Vivary fountain 3-2793
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Julie Anne Workman used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Vivary Park remains the top attraction of Taunton! This park is great for a picnic or a walk. The beauty and essence of Vivary Park is breathtaking! The park is decorated with flowers; and it’s a vital part of Taunton’s hisotry. Vivary Park is very accommodating; there is a play area for children, miniature golf course, bowling green, and a cafe. Vivary Park has different operating times throughout the months. Check the website for more information.

Vivary Park

Address: TA1 3 Taunton, Somerset

Website: Vivary Park

4. Hestercombe Gardens

Hestercombe House and Garden
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Grahamec used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Hestercombe Gardens is covered with a rich, diverse history. This estate was the first estate from the Anglo-Saxton, and it’s the remaining estate from medieval times. The estate has gone through multiple renovations; in 1904, the gardens were an addition to help embellish the Hestercombe estate. Now, the Hestercombe Gardens is opened for visitors and tourists. Inside the Hestercombe Gardens, there’s an art gallery, the Column Room Restaurant, and a second hand bookshop. The Hestercombe Gardens is used for several functions especially weddings. And there are a couple of events occurring in October: Hello Autumn, and Pathways in the Landscape.

Hestercombe Gardens

Address: Cheddon Fitzpaine Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

Website: Hestercombe Gardens

5. Museum of Somerset

Posted by The Museum of Somerset on Thursday, 13 April 2017

Right in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset is in a 12th-century Taunton castle! All the county’s prehistoric times to present day are housed inside for preservation. There are real objects, interactive games, film projections, and words from the people of Somerset: past and present. The museum hosts a variety of events such as evening talks, music, and an outdoor theatre. In addition, it’s a venue for special occasions such as group tours and birthday parties. Their two facilities are the Learning Centre and the Great Hall. The Museum of Somerset is a must see attraction!

Museum of Somerset

Address: Castle Green Taunton, Somerset TA1 4AA

Website: Museum of Somerset

6. Somerset County Cricket Club

Posted by Somerset County Cricket Club on Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Somerset County Cricket Club is a first-class county club, one of eighteen! With cricket being the major past-time, the community is actively engaged locally or from a distance. The Somerset County Cricket Club is also a venue for conferences, parties, special events, and weddings.

Somerset County Cricket Club

Address: The Cooper Associates County Ground, St. James Street Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JT

Website: Somerset County Cricket Club

7. Buff Urban Day Spa

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Posted by Buff Urban Day Spa on Saturday, 6 May 2017

If you’re craving a day of pampering, check out the Buff Urban Day Spa! Revered as the “Winners of the Muddy Stiletto Best Day Spa & Best Hair Salon” in Somerset for 2017 and Taunton Deane Business Award for “Customer Excellence” 2017, prepare your mind and body to lavish in an oasis of relaxation. You will definitely relish what the Buff Urban Day Spa has to offer you wholeheartedly. You can make an appointment or book a treatment. Visit the Buff Urban Day Spa’s website.

Buff Urban Day Spa

Address: 22-24 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1NL

Website: Buff Urban Day Spa

8. History Trail

Posted by Kennet and Avon and Bridgwater and Taunton Waterways - CRT on Monday, 11 July 2016

The History Trail is a walking trail put together by the Somerset Wildlife Trust. The trail celebrates the history and heritage of the people and the town of Taunton. Did you know that the History Trail is also interlocked with the river too? According to the history, the river heavily influenced the lives of the people of Taunton. The History Trail is 4 km (2.4 mi); however, if you prefer a much shorter walk, check on the Taunton Heritage Trail. For more information, you can view the trail online.

History Trail

Address: Somerset Wildlife Trust HQ, 34 Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AW

Website: History Trail

9. Somerset Space Walk

Somerset Space Walk Sun
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Rodw used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Along the bridge-water of the Taunton Canal, the Somerset Space Walk is an earthbound, international spacewalk. This walk is a model of the Solar System, and the walk is approximately 22 kilometers (13 mi). The sun model is located on the Higher Maunsel Lock. The model displays the planets in orbital rotation on both sides of the sun. If you need more information, there is a map you can download from the website.

Somerset Space Walk

Address: Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL

Website: Somerset Space Walk

10. Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument, opened 1861,

Posted by Donald LeBlanc on Monday, 5 June 2017

Located on the Blackdown Hills, the Wellington Monument stands tall. The Wellington Monument was dedicated to the Duke of Wellington. As a matter of fact, October 21st marks the 200th anniversary of the Wellington Monument’s foundation. Other than this featured obelisk, there’s a walking trail known as the Monument meander. It’s a rich meadow around the Wellington Monument. You can picnic or enjoy a leisurely walk here. Also, there’s a tribute the Wellington Monument as the “Iron Duke.” Make sure you have your camera ready to capture the moment.

Wellington Monument

Website: Wellington Monument

Taunton is camera ready for you!

Taunton is filled with excitement and historic fun, city to visit on your international road trip! Prepare to take plenty of pictures to show off to your friends and family!

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