Top 10 Things to do in Taunton

The Museum of Somerset

At the museum of Somerset, you’ll find attractions such as an under-floor Plesiosaur, the largest collection of Roman coins in Britain as well as a chilling recreation of Bloody Assizes.

Located right in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset shows the county's evolution from prehistoric times to what it is in the present day with the aid of real objects, interactive games, film projections and the words of Somerset people, past and present.

Chard Museum

The Chard Museum was actually a few 16th century listed buildings and outbuildings. These structures were converted into a museum as a way of preserving them. The museum currently covers almost an acre, with a wide array of exhibits about local history and displays related to the lives of some of the most popular local residents. You can also visit the horse-powered apply crusher in The Cider Room as well as a few domestic items and plumbing equipment, gramophones, and 1960s costumes in The New Inn.

Wiveliscombe Open Air Pool

At Wiveliscombe Open Air Pool, they’ve got pretty much everything; a heated swimming pool (about 28°c), highly trained lifeguards, warm showers, changing rooms, a sunbathing deck, and a picnic area. There’s also an adjoining playground and an open space in a country setting. It’s the ultimate swimming experience.

Forde Abbey House and Gardens

Forde Abbey Historical House and Gardens is a rustic family estate that has a number of features which make for an enjoyable day out for people of all ages. The house is open between April and October (inclusive), but you can have access to the gardens all through the year and for children under the age of 156, entrance is completely free of charge. There is also a fantastic Children's Pack available at the house entrance and also from the shop for children aged between the ages of 3 and 11.

Vivary Adventure Centre

Vivary Adventure Centre is an entirely different way for you to spend your day. You can challenge your friends to a race on the climbing wall or test your limits at the high ropes course! Basically, if you’re over 8 years, it’s great for you. Vivary Adventure Centre has various activities available for people of all abilities and all age types. Feel free to take your friends, parents and even grandparents along for a fun-filled day in the sun!


Racetrack is a state of the art virtual driving and karting venue which offers the thrill of racing and the wonderful innovation that is virtual reality. It’s fun for all ages, just as long as you can hold your own at the back of the wheel.

AMF Hollywood Bowl Taunton

With a beautiful covering ad a fully air conditioned facility, there's no weather to excuse you from partaking in the challenge of AMF Hollywood Bowl Taunton!

Bowling has proven itself to be the great equalizer, especially as most adults aren't great at it and most kids will be more than happy to get one over grown-ups. So you never know; it could be your day, and it could not be your day. The only way to find out is to give it a try.

Hestercombe Gardens

Discover Somerset and immerse yourself in 50 acres of lakes, temples, cascades and peaceful woodland walks, plus formal terraces, vivid colours and outstanding views. It’s definitely a place where you should take the camera along to! The restored 17th century water mill complex showcases the historic uses of renewable energy alongside the original working mill machinery and is set in the heart of the gardens. It's more accessible than ever now that they have a new Tramper Mobility Scooter which you can book ahead to help you get around, if you need it!

Fyne Court Nature Reserve

Fyne Court Nature Reserve perfectly mixes woodland paths, fields, flat grassy areas and interesting old buildings, all in an aim to spur you to discover as you simultaneously explore! There is a cobbled courtyard that’s fitted with various picnic tables and a self serve information centre that you can make use of while you make use of your HQ, before you set off to enjoy the nature trails. There are also a few boggy areas and a pond, which is a perfect place t stop and observe dragonflies, especially at the end of summer.

Great Wood

Great Wood offers an opportunity at a fun, cheap family day out. With over 627 hectares of woodland, it is an awesome place to run free and just enjoy the company of nature and your loved ones.

There is a way-marked trail as well as plenty of well surfaced forest tracks for visitors who have buggies or wheelchairs. Also, you’re allowed to bring bikes and tread across this natural scenery as well. Make your day complete by bringing a picnic or you can also stop by any of their BBQs. The picnic and BBQ area is right beside a large grassy area where you can leave your kids, if you’ve got any, to run free while you relax.


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Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE

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