Taunton Weekend Break
The town of Taunton dates back to the 7th century and still boasts a large number of interesting historic buildings for visitors to explore. Visitors who have an interest in history are sure to enjoy wandering along the main shopping streets where they can view an eclectic collection of buildings that have been converted into shops, hotels and pubs. However, Taunton also boasts a good range of modern attractions and amenities and this is a great place to use as a base while exploring the surrounding picturesque vale and the rest of the Somerset countryside.
Things to see and do in Taunton
The impressive Victorian Vivary Park can be found at the very top of the high street and provides picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. Visitors to Vivary Park will be able to unwind by playing a round or two on the golf course and following the winding paths that lead to pretty flower gardens, fountains and lakes.
Home to a large collection of flora and fauna, Ash Common Nature Reserve was the first nature reserve to be established in this part of the country and has been open to the public since 1992. The area features an interesting mixture of habitats such as grassland, wet heath and woodland with pretty pathways running through.
People who want the chance to spot many of the area’s colourful bird species should take a stroll along the banks of the River Tone. This area is home to kingfishers as well as mute swans, grey heron and reed warblers, which feed off the healthy fish population that inhabit the river itself.
Nature lovers are sure to be in their element when they take the time to explore Bickenhall Orchard Nature Reserve. This large green zone is home to many different species of butterflies such as meadow brown, marbled white and ringlet as well as slow worms and badgers.
People who want to learn more about the rich history and culture of this part of England should pay a visit to the Somerset County Museum. A large collection of artefacts can be found here along with regular exhibitions that help to make the past come to life.
Taunton and the rest of this part of England is blessed with a temperature climate, which means that although temperatures are generally pretty mild there is plenty of rainfall throughout the year. People who want to catch the best of the weather should visit Taunton in the summer months of July and August when there are plenty of warm and sunny days to enjoy.
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