Ancient Taunton has a castle begun during the Anglo Saxon age and a 10th Century monastery, but it can trace its habitation back to Bronze and Iron Age settlements, via a Roman farm.
Within the grounds of Taunton Castle is the Somerset County Museum and the Somerset Military Museum, and Taunton has several listed buildings, and a row of Tudor fronted buildings on Fore Street. Some of the best places to stay in Taunton occupy these fantastic old buildings.
During the medieval period this was a wealthy market town, known for its woollen cloth, and it's had a dramatic, and often bloody, history of siege and rebellion.
Today's Taunton still has a regular market, and, as well as all the historic sights, there are several local nature reserves, including a long corridor along the River Tone, which is known for its otters and rich bird life.
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Since the 12th Century this Norman Fortress has opened its doors to travelers with immaculate hospitality and spectacular countryside spot. Comfortable, classically decorated rooms offer all the mod-cons. BRAZZ, the contemporary brasserie and locally popular Bow Restaurant offers a range of dishes.
Lower Swell, Somerset
Historic and stylish 15th century country house turned restaurant with rooms in the Somerset Levels. Luxury bedrooms have a decadent feel and some feature four poster beds, rolltop bath tubs & original fireplaces. The restaurant serves a daily changing gourmet three course menu. Perfect rural escape