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Best Hotels in Taunton

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Taunton is the large county town of Somerset, a verdant county renowned for its endless apple orchards and delectable golden cider. Taunton boasts a remarkable religious history spanning back a millennia, evidence of which can be discovered in its many narrow-spired churches and red-roofed almshouses. As well as historical landmarks, Taunton showcases an indulgent shopping scene, spacious green-washed public parks, thriving arts centres, and - of course - a number of tempting local breweries.

Things to see

Spend a day strolling around Taunton’s remarkably well preserved religious buildings. Begin at the church of St Mary Magdalene, where the gothic-inspired 4-pointed spire towers over its stately gardens, before visiting the church of St John the Angelist - a 14th century marvel boasting a spiralling sandstone steeple and rainbow-coloured stained-glass windows. After, wander around the flower-studded Vivary Park, a stretch of well-maintained gardens dotted with glistening fountains - ideal for a refreshing afternoon excursion. Miniature golf courses and play areas hide amongst its arching oaks and flowerbeds, offering fun for the whole family. Later, shoppers can sneak away to Belvedere retail park and explore the dozens of sleek designer clothing outlets. As Taunton’s sun-dappled evening gently rolls in, retire to the town centre for a cool glass of local, fruity cider at one of the traditional half-timbered Tudor taverns.

Hotels in Taunton

Taunton’s sprawling streets and roads are home to a selection of familiar, renowned and reliable hotels which offer splendid 3-star service and queen size rooms complete with complimentary WiFi and chic modern bar lounges. Central hotels in Taunton boast exemplary 4-star accommodation set in bold redbrick buildings with grey-slated roofs, green grassy lawns, and stellar in-house restaurants serving up speciality European cuisine. To be immersed in Somerset’s golden countryside, stay in one of the many modest inns and farmhouses which speckle Taunton’s surrounding area - their quaint cottage-sized buildings and thatched roofs make for an idyllic romantic getaway.

Where to stay

Staying in central Taunton will put you in the heart of the town’s buzzing cultural energy - where the museums, galleries and architectural marvels will encompass you. This area is also ideal for shoppers, who will rejoice at the wide array of designer stores and independent niche boutiques. Stay slightly south east of Taunton, in Ilminster, for a quieter holiday. This traditional old-world market village is strung with glistening-white limestone houses and cobbled streets where the sound of clacking horse-hoofs echo. Families seeking a fun-filled adventurous holiday may want to camp in one of the nearby grounds, toward Line or Buckland wood.

How to get to Taunton

Taunton’s centrally located railway station - a sleek, angular modernist building - provides round-the-clock services to nearby Bristol, and regular services east throughout the west country, including London, Reading and Birmingham, with other services heading south to Penzance. Taunton is easily accessible by car, with the speedy M5 motorway junction 25 just outside of the town. Taunton’s local bus company provides smooth trips throughout the town and out through the countryside toward Bridgewater and Weston-super-Mare. Once in Taunton, fully unwind and explore the streets on foot, by bike or by bus.