Budget Friendly Places to Stay
Taunton is an up and coming county town or administrative centre in Somerset, England. After a Saxon history largely shaped with religion and military, it is reinventing itself. With award winning gardens and parks, equestrian trekking trails, love of cricket, abundance of historical landmarks, and large array of enticing restaurants, entertainment, and retail shopping venues, Taunton is a preferred destination for a getaway.
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.
Accommodation in or near the Town Centre
From luxury hotels to cheap hotels to reasonably priced farmhouse bed and breakfast, accommodation for all tastes are a plenty. Many of them will offer you free wifi internet access and free car parking. Some have family rooms perfect for families with children, a gym, spa, and an indoor swimming pool as well.
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 Hospitalwhich 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 theWest 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.
Near Musgrove Park Hospital TA1 5DA
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Address Musgrove Park Hospital : Musgrove Park, Parkfield Drive, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5DA, United Kingdom
Near Somerset County Cricket Club Ground – Stadium TA1 1JT
Find the perfect stay in central Taunton United Kingdom or on the outskirts of the city not far from the Somerset County Cricket Ground.
Address Somerset County Cricket Ground : The County Ground, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JT, United Kingdom
Taunton in Somerset England UK
The main line station in town center is connected by fast trains with London (two hours to Paddington), Bristol (45 minutes), central Birmingham and Plymouth. National Express provides regular coach services to most parts of the country.
Bristol International Airport is lesss than 1 hour away by car and Exeter Airport is just over 30 minutes away. Plymouth Harbour and Poole ferry ports are within easy reach.
Region : South West of England
County : Somerset
What to see and do nearby
The Museum of Somerset
(Taunton Castle , Castle Green, TA1 4AA England UK)
Very interesting and informative museum set in a castle, displaying the history of the county. Highlights include the Dido and Aeneas mosaic and the Neolithic objects.
(Cheddon Fitzpaine, TA2 8LG England UK)
Hestercombe gardens is a really nice and peaceful park with excellent play areas, flower beds and a fountain. A lovely place to visit in the heart of Somerset.
The County Ground
(The County Ground, St James Street, TA1 1JT United Kingdom)
Cricket ground, home of Somerset County Cricket Club. It’s one of the world’s finest domestic cricket grounds.
The Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre
(Stoke Street Gregory, TA3 6HY United Kingdom)
Very educational place to visit. It’s a really good museum showing insight into the history, work and future of the willow growing.