Cheap Places to Stay in or near the Town Centre
Hotels can be found peppered throughout Taunton and not just concentrated in one area. Visitors can stay in historic settings in the town centre such as on the premises of the majestic castle, which also hosts events and has a restaurant.
For other places of hospitality, one can look to the countryside, which is within 10 minutes of the mainline rail station, for a restful and tranquil lodging experience. Few well recognized brands located here such as Travelodge and Holiday Inn offer places to stay, though they do not hold a candle to the quaint atmosphere local Taunton b&b's provide.
To find luxury hotels in the region that offer impeccable rooms with crisp linen and plump pillows, look for accommodation that hold the highest awards of 5 Star Gold award by Quality in Tourism. Some can be found closer to lively shopping districts and others are settled in between the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, affording guests some of the stunning views in Somerset.
Some travellers are only looking for a warm, clean place to lay their head at night and simple, cheap hotels will do. These tend to be near the motorway as opposed to the town centre and may be noisy and lackluster, but there are also many which provide exemplary service as good as any modern high quality hotel.
Things to see and do while staying here
Taunton has many layers of mystery and intrigue. Through exploration and a self guided tours can tourists fully appreciate all the town has to offer. It was here, in 1685 when the Duke of Monmouth crowned himself king of England and the town castle was the scene of the Bloody Assizes that followed the Battle of Sedgemoor.
Also, Vivary Park derives its name from 70 acres of land being formerly used as a vivarium - two massive fishponds, kept to breed fish served at prestigious banquets hosted by the bishops of Winchester, since at least 1207.
If in town for business, take a break from all those conferences and make time to watch a cricket match at the Somerset County country club or take a tour of the Musgrove Park Hospital which was originally a US Army General Hospital during the Second World War.
One highlight not to be missed while in Tauton include spotting wildlife and birdwatching at the West Sedgemoor Nature Reserve. The Museum of Somerset is a top area attraction with many interactive displays and houses treasured items from across many areas including geology, medieval, ethnography, and archaeology.
For evening socialising the Brewhouse Theatre has something for all tastes.