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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.
For foodies & the town centre
- The Castle is one of several inns claiming to be among the oldest hostelries in England, having been a great place to stay since the 12th Century. These days the beautiful, wisteria clad facade is still very 'castle', but the interior is more more 'townhouse' with sophisticated dining and 44 rooms - some with views onto the old Norman gardens.
For out of town luxury & foodies
- Langford Fivehead is a 15th Century country house converted into a stylish, six room restaurant with rooms. The bedrooms have a decadent feel with roll top bathtubs and large original fireplaces, and the restaurant serves a daily changing three course gourmet menu.
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Best Hotels in Taunton
The Castle Hotel, Somerset 44 rooms from $196Taunton, Somerset
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.Families - A great family stay, babysitting is available and the kids will love the novelty of staying in a castle with a moat to boot!Great walks - The nearby Hestercombe Gardens are recommended from those that know the area, plus the hotel will pack you a lunch.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
Langford Fivehead 6 rooms from $227Lower 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 escapeCountry Escape - A grown up getaway in this indulgent manor house, set in gorgeous parkland with cosy interiors and laid backed vibes.Local markets - Check out the local artisan food producers, Pitney Farm Shop, Brown & Forrest Smokery and the Somerset Distillery.Great walks - The seven acres of stunning parkland make for easy pretty walking.Birdwatching - Search for grey herons in the wetlands of the Somerset Levels.Recommended by - I Escape