Taunton is a lovely town set in some of the most beautiful countryside in the West Country. The town has over 1000 years of heritage and a castle that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. It lies on the River Tone between the Quantock, Brendon and Blackdown Hills in an area called the Vale of Taunton. There is much to see and do here. If you’re looking to celebrate an occasion here then for Venue Hire Taunton, visit www.countygroundtaunton.co.uk
Taunton Castle was built in Anglo Saxon times and later became a priory. The Normans then constructed a stone built castle and this building was given Grade I listed status back in 1952. It now houses the fantastic Museum of Somerset. The Castle had fallen into ruin by the time of the English Civil War but was repaired and became the only Parliamentarian enclave in the West Country.
The Museum of Somerset is well worth a visit and is located in the 12th century great hall of Taunton Castle. The museum has been updated and improved by Lottery Heritage funding and has some fascinating exhibits. There are toys, sculpture, natural history, fossils, pottery and a mosaic found at a Roman villa. The museum also boasts the Frome Hoard, which is 52,503 Roman coins found near Frome in 2010. The hoard is one of the largest ever found and date from the reign of Carausius who ruled Britain from 286 to 293 AD. You’ll be bemused by the South American shrunken head!
The Vivary Adventure Centre offers an adrenaline filled day out just a short walk from the town centre. There you will find a climbing wall, totems, low ropes and a high ropes course if you’re feeling adventurous. For a calmer experience, take a trip to Hestercombe Gardens. There are fifty acres of open space with lakes, gardens, temples and some interesting wildlife to look out for. The gardens also feature a 17th century Watermill and some wonderful views.
The Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre offers a lovely day out learning about basket making and willow growing. Guided tours are available and a Moors exhibition is also on site. However, if you have young children to occupy then you might prefer Aj’z Activity Centre which has air cannons, a rubber car track and a football area. This is a great wet weather attraction and you can take the time to relax in the café.
The Somerset Cricket Museum is well worth a visit if you’re a fan of the game. Learn about the history of the game and take in the cricket memorabilia and cricketing history. The museum is situated on the edge of the County Ground in a 500 year old Grade II listed building.
For people who love all things active and outdoors then how about some Quantock trekking. Experience the beautiful Somerset countryside and do it on horseback. There are trails available around the Quantock Hills which is an area of outstanding natural beauty.