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Taunton town guide

The county town of Somerset and home to Somerset Cricket Club, Taunton is a busy bustling market town.

Just off the M5 motorway, from here it is so easy to get down to Devon and Cornwall. In a hire car the Quantocks and the coast around Minehead are only a short drive away.

Visit the splendour of Vivary Park, home to Taunton flower show - the " Chelsea of the West" and annual "Proms in the Park" concerts. Taunton is always high up in the "Britain in Bloom" competition.

Discover old Somerset traditions of coder making and willow weaving when you explore the secluded villages and hamlets in a rental car, as the Blackdown Hills and Somerset Levels are within easy driving distance of Taunton.

Nearby is Wellington, which gave its name to the famous "Iron Duke". Visit Hestercombe Gardens or take a ride on the West Somerset railway. The Fleet Air Museum or Hayes Motor Museums are nearby as is Glastonbury, Lynton and Lynmouth. In the autumn, Taunton is one of the Somerset towns that plays host to an Illuminated Carnival.

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