Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. The town, including its suburbs, had an estimated population of 61,400 in 2001. It is the largest town in the non-metropolitan county of Somerset.
The town has over 1,000 years of religious and military history, and is now undergoing a regeneration project. It has various transport links which support its central role in economy and commerce.
Taunton is the site of Musgrove Park Hospital and Somerset County Cricket Club's County Ground, Taunton and is home to 40 Commando, Royal Marines. Central Taunton is part of the annual West Country Carnival circuit. It hosts the Taunton flower show, which has been held in Vivary Park since 1866. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is located on Admiralty Way.

Why visit?

  • Taunton is a historic market town with a rich heritage, boasting a variety of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The town centre is home to the 12th century Taunton Castle, which is now a museum and art gallery, as well as the Somerset County Museum.
  • Taunton hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Taunton Flower Show, the Taunton Live Music Festival and the Taunton Carnival.
  • Taunton is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and horse riding. The nearby Quantock Hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Blackdown Hills are a great place to explore.