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Destination guide

Somerset beckons history buffs to holiday cottages

History buffs will love holiday cottages in Somerset near Taunton. The historic town has centuries of military and religious history showcased in local attractions, such as the Taunton Castle and a 10th-century monastery. You could also learn about the history of the town at the Museum of Somerset. Cultural enthusiasts will like the arts and crafts at the Hestercombe House, while nature lovers can enjoy the outdoors at Vivary Park. With a Somerset cottage, you’ll have a lot of options for how to spend your time in Taunton.

 
History

Heritage sites near Taunton holiday lettings

With its long history, Taunton has numerous heritage sites to delight the history buff. Holiday homes put you within reach of places like the Somerset Cricket Museum, a museum with memorabilia and exhibits on the history of the sport, and the Somerset Military Museum, a museum in the great hall of the Taunton Castle with military relics and artefacts. Enthusiasts will also enjoy Bishops Lydeard Railway Station, a museum and station for the Somerset Railway line with a model railway, and the Taunton Stop Line, a World War II defensive line built to protect from enemy advances.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Taunton

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Taunton a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Diggerland (15.3 mi / 24.6 km)
  • Somerset Speedway (16.2 mi / 26.1 km)
  • Tiverton Golf Club (16.3 mi / 26.3 km)
  • Burnham and Berrow Golf Club (17 mi / 27.3 km)
  • Lyme Bay Winery (17.6 mi / 28.3 km)
  • Brean Splash Waterpark (19.1 mi / 30.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Taunton

Travellers love Taunton for its beautiful gardens and pristine countryside. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Taunton is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Wills Neck (7.7 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Knightshayes Court (17.5 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Grand Western Canal Country Park (18.1 mi / 29.1 km)
  • Dunster Beach (18.5 mi / 29.8 km)
  • Escot Park (18.5 mi / 29.8 km)
  • Minehead Beach (20.7 mi / 33.2 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Taunton

Fly into Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), the closest airport, located 23.9 mi (38.4 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Cardiff (CWL-Cardiff Intl.), which is 28.4 mi (45.8 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Taunton Station.

Food & drink 

Sample regional cuisine in Taunton

Taunton food and drink are heavily influenced by the bountiful countryside. Cheddar cheese originates from the village of Cheddar in Somerset, dating back to the 12th century, but there are several other delights the region is known for. Hog’s pudding, a type of sausage with pork meat, fat, suet and oatmeal, and Cornish pasties, a savoury pasty with minced beef, potatoes, onions and seasoning, are also popular. If you want to sample some of the region’s tastes, visit a restaurant near your holiday rental in Taunton.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Taunton holiday cottages

Plenty of kid-friendly attractions are near your holiday rental in Taunton. The Longrun Meadow Labyrinth, a green park for outdoor activities, and French Weir Park, a city park with playgrounds, swing sets and other children’s play areas, are perfect for small children. Kids will also enjoy Sheppy’s Cider Farm Shop, a family-run cider farm with orchards, a museum, a tearoom and a longhorn cattle herd, and Fyne Court, a nature reserve with a historic home and native wildlife.

Good for couples

Romantic activities near Taunton villa rentals

Romantic holiday cottages in Taunton give you access to some intimate and relaxing attractions to unwind with your loved one. The Somerset Space Walk, a sculpture trail with beautiful models of the solar system, and Wellington Park, a picturesque park with Edwardian gardens and summer events, are two good places for couples. Couples will also enjoy the Temple of Harmony, a replica of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome.

How many holiday rentals are available around Taunton?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 949 holiday lettings around Taunton. From 633 cabins to 108 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Taunton?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Taunton. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Somerset County & Military Museum: 938 holiday lettings
  • County Cricket Ground: 949 holiday lettings
  • Nettlecombe Court: 790 holiday lettings
  • Taunton Station: 931 holiday lettings
  • Somerset Towpath: 996 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Taunton listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Taunton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 633 Cabins in Taunton. Our other popular types of Taunton holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 108 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 10 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 633 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Taunton?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 100 holiday homes with pool available in Taunton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.