Somerset countryside


Cider farms, steam trains, a castle and ancient crafts combine with a contemporary creative innovation centre in this buzzing Somerset town.

Taunton is the largest town in beautiful rural Somerset and offers the perfect mix of country living and culture. It has over a thousand years of history to enjoy, including a 10th century monastery, Taunton Castle and a steam railway, as well as beautiful parks and gardens, festivals, theatres, arts centres and stunning local produce, including the famous West Country scrumpy. All in all it makes an idyllic spot for active retirement living. 

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Things to do in Taunton, Somerset

There’s so much to do in Taunton, you’ll have no opportunity to get bored. In the centre, you’ll find the beautifully maintained Vivary Park, which as well as being a lovely spot for a stroll and a picnic, has an impressive array of facilities including a bowling green, tennis courts, mini golf and a cafe. It’s also home to the ornate Queen Victoria Memorial Fountain.

For historic days out visit the Museum of Somerset housed in Taunton Castle or the Coates Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre, which offers tours and workshops about willow crafting as well as wetland walks. Stunning Hestercombe House and Gardens showcases three centuries of garden design and a contemporary art gallery.  Plus there are plenty of local opportunities for cider tasting, like Sheppy’s which has been making cider for over 200 years.

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