Taunton Leisure Activities

Taunton: 'The Gateway to the West Country'

Present Day Taunton... And Its History

Today, there are many places in Taunton that demonstrate the town's colourful past history. Lowdens House is located in the centre of Taunton and is ideal:

To the rear of Lowdens House is Tangier - where, at the time of the Duke of Monmouth rebellion against James II in 1685, a garrison of French troops were bivouacked and no doubt foraged over what is now our land. Retribution was swift and harsh, resulting in the 'bloody assizes' at Taunton Castle. Over a period of 3 days, the Lord Chief Justice Judge Jeffreys tried 526 men and sentenced 180 to be hung, drawn and quartered in the Parade.

Taunton Somerset Attractions

Somerset County Museum

There are a rich variety of archaeological objects on show relating to the county of Somerset. Exhibits are always being added to when there are new finds or donations made to the museum. There is a fascinating collection of toys on display, as well as fossils, fine silver and pottery. One particularly vivid section of the museum depicts the campaign fortunes of the Somerset Light Infantry.

Taunton Somerset Attractions - The Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club

Situated alongside the River Tone and the fine churches of St Mary Magdalene and St Mary's the picturesque setting of the Cricket Ground makes an ideal setting for the game of cricket. Lined with lime trees the cricket ground enjoys glorious views of the scenic countryside and Somerset's rolling hills in the distance.

Taunton Somerset Attractions - The Race Course

Taunton Racecourse

A short drive from Lowdens House is the youngest and one of the most beautifully located racecourses in the country with outstanding views across the course to the wooded slopes of the Blackdown Hills.

The Brewhouse Theatre

Situated in the centre of the Town this small intimate theatre has many and varied productions and art displayed throughout the year with visits from many well known artistes and theatre companies.

The West Somerset Railway

Enjoy 20 miles of glorious Somerset scenery and recapture the era of the branch line country railway in the days of steam as the train gently rolls back the years on its journey beside the Quantock Hills to the coast of the Bristol Channel.

Hestercombe Gardens

These 18th gardens are a paradise to visit and only a 15 minute drive from Lowdens House. The famous Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens formal garden are a 'must see', as is a wander through the landscaped gardens revealing not only lakes and temples but magnificent views and water features.

Lowdens House, 26 Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4EQ

Telephone: +44 [0] 1823 336586 Email: stay@tauntonguesthouse.co.uk