If you’re planning to stay in Somerset accommodation, it’s highly likely you’ll pass through the historic town of Taunton which is well known for its beautiful architecture and thriving food scene. However, if you’re looking to explore some of its lesser known spots and venture off the beaten track, then you’ve come to the right place! Below is a list of our favourite hidden gems in Taunton:
Join the Locals at the Farmers’ Market
If you’re visiting mid-week and want to experience Taunton like a local, be sure to check out the weekly farmers’ market! The market is held on Taunton High Street between 9am – 3pm every Thursday and is a haven for foodies. Here you can sample some of Somerset’s finest cheeses, preserves and treats. If you’re staying in Somerset self-catering accommodation, you’re at the right place to stock up your fridge with local food; you’ll find a fantastic selection of freshly picked fruit and veg, as well as delicious cakes and home-made bread. All the stallholders are welcoming and passionate about their produce so if you fancy learning more about what’s on offer and the region, strike up a conversation with the chatty locals.
Get to Know the Ropes at The Vivary Centre
Hands up if you like adventure! Not just for kids, The Vivary Centre has an exciting high ropes attraction suitable for all ages. Just a short walk from Taunton town centre, you’ll feel completely safe at this fantastic leisure centre. Swing from the high ropes or take on the lower ropes if heights aren’t your thing. Alternatively, put yourself to the test by tackling the nine-metre climbing wall or take it easy at the golf course, which is adjacent to the centre.
The Instagram-worthy Castle Green Bridge
Perhaps one of the most popular places to visit in Taunton is the Museum of Somerset which has free-entry and is situated in the town’s stunning 12th century castle. Although we recommend a trip to the museum so you can enjoy its interesting exhibitions, the real surprise is the glass bridge located at the back of the attraction. This beautiful glass structure connects Castle Green to Goodland Gardens and takes a pretty picture. Our tip? For a more striking shot, visit after dark when the castle and bridge are illuminated.
Discover the Quantock Hills on Horseback
Technically the Quantock Hills are 10 miles north of Taunton, but we couldn’t resist mentioning this rather unexpected local activity. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, the Quantocks are truly breath-taking and can be explored on foot, on wheels or by our favourite mode of transport – on horseback! Quantock Trekking offer guided treks for all experience levels at competitive prices. If you’re looking to see the region from a completely different perspective and love the great outdoors, this could be for you.
If you need a comfortable base to explore the town’s hidden gems, Lakeview Holiday Cottages has a range of options available for self-catering in Somerset that you can book online. Want to find out more? Get in touch via our contact form, email or call us now on 01278 661584 so we can help you plan your next getaway to Somerset.