Here are 18 things to do in Taunton for any occasion. These include things to do on the weekend, with dogs, in the evening, in the rain and with toddlers.
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Things to do in Taunton this weekend
1. Coates English Willow
Coates English Willow have been growing willow sustainably in Taunton since 1819 and it’s still run by the Coates family today. Visitors can see them at work planting, harvesting and putting their combined 180 years of basket making experience to the test. The Coates’ ecologically sound willow baskets and other handcrafted products are available to purchase at the visitor centre.
Coates English Willow, Meare Green Court, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6HY
2. Lock and Code Escape Rooms
Lock and Code Escape Rooms know what makes a great escape room game and the founders have made sure to channel all of their experience into crafting their 2 Taunton escape rooms. You can experience exciting games where you’ll find objects, take part in logical puzzles and be challenged by various brain teasers. The escape rooms range from easy/medium to medium/hard difficulty level.
UNIT N, Creech Paper Mill, Creech St Michael, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 5PX
Things to do in Taunton with dogs
3. Katrin Snell Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist
Katrin Snell has harnessed her absolute passion for her art into creating bespoke, photorealistic animal portraits. She takes inspiration from every creature she captures and each one can take between 50 - 100 hours of work, to ensure she captures their personality and characteristics. If you’re out and about with your dog in Taunton, visit Katrin’s stall and you might well be able to commission her to do a portrait of your canine companion!
19 Aller Mead Way, Williton, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 4RE
4. The Ring of Bells
The Ring of Bells is advertised as an “out of town pub brought into the centre of Taunton” and is confident of being a part of the place to suit everyone. It serves all the usual suspects with the addition of a selection of real ales, along with a traditional English menu. The pub is also dog friendly - as proudly stated on their website! So come on in for a rest after a long session of walkies.
16-17 St James Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JS
Things to do in Taunton in the evening
5. Mattancherry Taunton
Taunton’s Mattancherry brings its diners world-class-cuisine from Southern India with a unique culinary and social twist. Its restaurants are seeped in the influences from the explorers, traders and adventurers that have been drawn to the waterside area of Kochi, Kerala for over 1000 years. Be ready for an exotic dining experience like no other in Taunton!
10 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1NH
6. Brazz at Castle Taunton
The Brazz is Castle Taunton’s chic, award-winning restaurant launched in 1998. It celebrates the finest local ingredients in dishes celebrating the West Country, whether they belong to breakfast, lunch, dinner or a light refreshment. Evening cocktails are also a must try. Go and spend your evening in the most talked about restaurant in Taunton and discover all the commotion for yourself!
The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1NF
Things to do in Taunton in the rain
7. Blackbrook Spa & Wellness
Blackbrook Leisure Centre holds a luxury day spa for visitors wanting to restore their mind, body and spirit. The spa offers a range of treatments and experience packages to help you relax and unwind, including body massage and exfoliation, facials and premium tailored packages. What better way to indulge yourself when it’s gloomy outside than with a good, cosy, indoor pampering session?
Blackbrook Leisure Centre, Blackbrook Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2RW
8. Mr Miles Tea Rooms
Local independent store Mr Miles is a cosy tea room, coffee roasters, tea specialist, gift shop in Taunton's town centre. It has been welcoming customers since 2010, with a warm greeting and an extensive menu that includes teas, coffees and lattes from around the world. It’s an ideal place to sit away from the rain and be warmed by the cosiness of Mr Miles’ own little ‘cafe culture’.
3-4 High Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3PG
Things to do in Taunton town centre
9. Museum of Somerset
You can find the Museum of Somerset in the very heart of Taunton and is undoubtedly the town’s historical hotspot for curious visitors. There you will find must-see exhibits, galleries themed on varying points of interest in Somerset’s history and landscape housed inside Taunton Castle. The building itself is a grade 1 listed building and ancient monument in its own right. All visits are ticketed and available bookings can be made online via its website.
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
10. The Mango Tree
The Mango Tree is a vegan world food cafe, placing high priority on sourcing fresh produce daily to enhance your dining experience. Their focus on sustainability and quality is equally matched by the pleasure they take in their customer hospitality. They are proud of the farms and suppliers of their local produce and want to share the knowledge with every restaurant visitor. The kitchen’s leftover vegetable trimmings are given to a local farming company to be used as compost and any leftover soup is given to Lindley House, the home for the homeless on Taunton’s East Reach.
18 Lower Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SF
Things to do in Taunton with toddlers
11. Stoke Wood Alpacas
Visiting Stoke Wood Alpacas might seem like an attraction for young children but there is so much more here on offer to visitors of all ages. The farm offers walks where you can learn about alpacas and their history, feed them and walk up to 8 of them across its land before finishing with refreshments and a visit to the shop. It’s also worth mentioning that 50% of the money raised for their high-demand 30 minute personal “alpaca experience” gets donated directly to The Children’s Society Charity.
Stoke Road, Stoke St Mary, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 5DD
12. Loafers Sandwich Bar
Loafers Sandwich Bar has been open to the residents and visitors of Taunton since 1978 and continues to delight with its selection of hot and cold foods. Sandwiches, daily roasts, burgers, paninis and wraps are available at the sandwich bar and various cold fillings are available at the salad bar. There’s nothing like biting into a fresh sandwich or filled soft roll when in need of a break when having a day out with the family. Make sure to stop off for lunch somewhere that caters for everyone’s tastes, even the little ones!
Things to do in Taunton with a baby
13. French Weir Park
French Weir Park is one of the best places to go for a calming buggy walk with your baby. It’s a small park, only covering an area of 2.4 hectares beside the River Tone. It’s attractive to all ages due to its many natural play areas and the community ‘Friends’ group even hosts a number of family-friendly activities in the park throughout the year.
15 Northfield Ave, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1XF
14. Lydeard Farmshop
What used to be known as ‘The Fruit and Flower Basket & Strickoes Deli’ over 26 years ago has now established itself as a farm shop. The Lydeard Farmshop takes great pleasure in showcasing local cottage and small businesses. There’s something there for everyone, including fresh fruit, vegetables and rich, creamy milk from local farmers. The perfect ingredients for making high quality baby food.
Unit 8 Broadgauge Business Park, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3RU
Things to do in Taunton for adults
15. Fly Away Ballooning
Fly Away Ballooning takes hold of the heritage of 3 generations of ballooning to bring its truly unique experience to the visitors of Somerset. Allow your pilot, Hugo, to whisk you away as a passenger on this incredible journey through the skies. Why not make your stay in Taunton even more memorable?
Location within the Vale of Taunton (as specified upon booking)
16. Shoreditch White
Shoreditch White is a modern cafe planted in the centre of Taunton near County Hall. Its sophisticated all-day menu and range of cider and craft beer make it the ideal little spot to take a break from the world outside and indulge in a brunch fit for a king.
Corporation Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AW
Things to do in Taunton for free
17. Hestercombe Gardens
A visit to Hestercombe Gardens should not be missed when visiting Taunton. Each and every brick and vine is steeped in history and the unyielding work others have given to keep it alive. You will discover a myriad of beauty to see when getting closer to nature and visits to explore the grounds are completely free.
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG
18. Bridgwater & Taunton Canal
This 14 mile walk is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Taunton’s canal systems. It starts from Taunton’s Visitor Centre and spans the way over to neighbouring Bridgwater. Don’t worry, for those who aren’t up for the trek, this route can still be taken on a shorter walk to soak in the sights on a pleasant day.
The Market House, Fore Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JD