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Things to do in Taunton

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Housed in Taunton’s historic castle, the Museum of Somerset tells the county's fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day. Within the 12th century castle walls you’ll find contemporary gallery spaces and great family visitor facilities, all situated within the vibrant town centre. Discover 400 million years of history With an amazing nine themed galleries, each with its own distinctive character, there’s something for everyone to discover. Our ‘must see’ exhibits include a 200 million year old Plesiosaur fossil (a type of marine reptile); the impressive Low Ham Roman mosaic; a stunning Bronze Age Gold Torc; the Giant’s Shoes worn by 7ft4 Joseph Sewell; and the Banwell Bear skull of an 80,000 year old Ice Age hunter-killer. The museum also houses The Somerset Military Museum.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
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“Grand building with an easygoing, rustic interior and a feel-good menu of panini, burgers and tapas.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High quality, Michelin star restaurant, so it's no surprise the food and service is top notch. Only visited once, but was truly delicious right down to the table nibbles they supplied (looks a little like bird seed, tasted amazing, had to ask for more, and apparently we're not alone in asking for more!). All three of us had steaks, which were perfect in every way, not something you can often say about steaks in the UK!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Our local park and delightful for a walk around, feed the ducks or just sit on the bench and watch the world go by. This is where the annual flower show is staged in August every year”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cinema
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic manager and team of staff.... great food and service. gets busy so booking is essential”
  • 6 locals recommend
Transportation
“Train station goes direct to Paddington and North, so Manchester Piccadilly etc.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family owned and run neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Taunton. Excellent quality traditional Indian home cooking. Normally 3 main courses changing daily, always a warm welcome and friendly service. This is not your regular Indian restaurant!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Premise
“Local theatre walking distance has some great shows. See on line programme.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Great restaurant, we absolutely love the tandoori salmon - sounds odd, but tastes amazing!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Not just 22 lanes of bowling with support aids, Pink Pin challenge and jukebox backbeats, but also arcade, pool, free WiFi and cafe.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good reliable Italian food from the Zizzi chain. Lovely location in old auction house with vaulting high ceilings so great feeling of space. Always a discount voucher somewhere so you need never pay full price!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Situated next to The Castle Hotel - lovely food. If they have nutmeg ice cream on the menu be sure to give it a go!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Gallery
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Unique experience with unique food! Quirky setting and layout, every table is different as is every chair - it's that kind of place! Food is mostly meat and served on giant skewers. Some of the starters are amazing. Very popular place though so book early, even in the winter months.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Grand building with an easygoing, rustic interior and a feel-good menu of panini, burgers and tapas.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High quality, Michelin star restaurant, so it's no surprise the food and service is top notch. Only visited once, but was truly delicious right down to the table nibbles they supplied (looks a little like bird seed, tasted amazing, had to ask for more, and apparently we're not alone in asking for more!). All three of us had steaks, which were perfect in every way, not something you can often say about steaks in the UK!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic manager and team of staff.... great food and service. gets busy so booking is essential”
  • 6 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Great restaurant, we absolutely love the tandoori salmon - sounds odd, but tastes amazing!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family owned and run neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Taunton. Excellent quality traditional Indian home cooking. Normally 3 main courses changing daily, always a warm welcome and friendly service. This is not your regular Indian restaurant!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Not just 22 lanes of bowling with support aids, Pink Pin challenge and jukebox backbeats, but also arcade, pool, free WiFi and cafe.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good reliable Italian food from the Zizzi chain. Lovely location in old auction house with vaulting high ceilings so great feeling of space. Always a discount voucher somewhere so you need never pay full price!”
  • 2 locals recommend

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