With a history spanning over 1,000 years, Taunton has a rich heritage to offer every time the tourists come calling. Being a regional town in Somerset, Taunton has a total population of 69,570. The town flaunts a 10th century monastery and a castle that has its origins from the Anglo Saxon period. What started as a Saxon village in Somerset, Taunton is now home to 40 Command, Royal Marines and the ever-promising Somerset County Cricket Club. The county constituency lies on the River Tone between the Quantock, Blackdown and Brendon hills.
We agree that from the outset it’s all about history and that you might want to skip this town from your itinerary but we give you reasons to visit the beautiful town.
Bridgwater and Taunton canal
The canal that opened in 1827 has become one of the must-visit spots in the town. You can either bike or walk along the canal for 15 miles to visit the Bridgwater and Taunton canal. The canal, which was a part of the unrealised plan to join the Bristol Channel with the English Channel, is now an undemanding and scenic way to travel to the lowlands of Somerset’s countryside.
Museum of Somerset
The Museum of Somerset has some incredible exhibits such as the five mosaic panels from the Low Ham Roman Villa, prehistoric pottery shards, close to 52,000 Roman silver and bronze coins that were unearthed in 2010 and a collection of fossils too. The museum is located in the great hall of the Taunton Castle.
The Somerset Wildlife Trust offers a four-kilometre History Trail in the town of Taunton. The walk that is designed along River Tone is an ode to the history and heritage of the people living in the town. There is a shorter walk for those who do not want to walk the course.
For those looking for a adrenaline rush, the Quantock Hills is something you should not miss. Located 13 kilometres out of Taunton, the hill is about six kilometres wide and about 20 kilometres long is a paradise for trekkers. The highest summit, Wills Neck is at 384 metres, allowing for an all-encompassing view to die for.
Buff Urban Day Spa
Once you are drained and crave for a pampering session for those tires legs and joints, check out the Buff Urban Day Spa. Let your mind and body enjoy a lavish massage at the Buff Urban Spa, winners of the ‘Muddy Stiletto Best Day Spa & Best Hair Salon.’
Once the June 12th match where Pakistan’s takes on Australia at the County Ground is done, feel free to explore the historically-rich town of Taunton.