The Museum of Somerset
Set within the beautiful surrounds of Taunton Castle, the museum tells the county's story from prehistoric times to the present day. An underfloor Plesiosaur, the largest hoard of Roman coins ever discovered, in a single pot, in Britain and a chilling recreation of the Bloody Assizes - you'll find them all at the Museum of Somerset. Regularly changing temporary exhibitions, special events, evening talks, music and outdoor theatre - the museum offers a full programme of activities for all ages.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Good access throughout but with one gallery accessed by a stairlift & accompanying wheelchair
- Facilities: Lifts, large print guides, hearing loops
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Tue-Sat & BH Mon 10-5 (last entry 4.30). Open some Sun for special events
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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