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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":111,"Name":"Taunton","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Taunton Holiday Cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDid you know...Taunton\u0026rsquo;s Victoria Park was used as allotments during WW2?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA break in Taunton offers the perfect taste of Somerset. With beautiful parks and gardens that have won the historic town a Britain in Bloom award, scenic walks and impressive shopping \u0026ndash; Taunton has it all. Those with a taste for history will find Taunton truly fascinating, as its 12 century castle, Heritage Trail and many museums reflect a rich past behind this modern county town. Taunton is a great choice whether you\u0026rsquo;re after a romantic break amidst elegant buildings and quiet walks, or a bustling family holiday with plenty to explore.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"taunton","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364569120.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Virgin Balloon Flights","Body":"\u003cp\u003eVirgin Balloon Flights are the UK\u0026rsquo;s number one choice for balloon flights, and their champagne flights offer a serene way to experience the views of the West Country. Speak to anyone who\u0026rsquo;s experiences a hot air balloon flight and they\u0026rsquo;ll tell you that it\u0026rsquo;s an incredible experience you\u0026rsquo;ll remember forever, and Virgin Balloon Flights make it easy and simple to book.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll have the opportunity to help with the balloon inflation, enjoy a champagne toast after your flight and you\u0026rsquo;ll even receive a flight certificate from your pilot. You\u0026rsquo;ll even be able to help with the balloon\u0026rsquo;s deflation, and trust us it can be just as much fun as the flight itself! Flights start from just \u0026pound;79 per person, and you can add thoughtful gift extras from just \u0026pound;5 each, so balloon rides make fantastic gift ideas.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBecause the flights are dependent on the wind, there\u0026rsquo;s no strict route for each flight, so yours will be unique (even if you\u0026rsquo;ve flown before). Launch locations in the South West include Taunton, Totnes and Dartmouth. The knowledge of the pilot can really make a difference to a balloon flight, and Virgin\u0026rsquo;s pilots have flown the area for more than two decades. They\u0026rsquo;ll point out the most notable landmarks far below, explaining more about them and making sure all passengers have an unforgettable experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.8347,"LocationLongitude":-2.14042,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/BALLOONS.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/taunton/virgin-balloon-flights","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/BALLOONS.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Taunton Racecourse","Body":"\u003cp\u003eFor a different event in Taunton during your holiday, head over to the racecourse and enjoy the races. Taunton Racecourse is one of the county\u0026rsquo;s more striking locations, so even if you\u0026rsquo;re not too in to your horse racing it\u0026rsquo;s a fun day out with fantastic views.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust a short drive from Taunton town centre, the racecourse offers great views of the Blackdown Hills, and you can\u0026rsquo;t miss the exciting atmosphere of the races. There\u0026rsquo;s a friendly restaurant too, so if you make a day of it there\u0026rsquo;s great food onsite.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.9944,"LocationLongitude":-3.08225,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/race horse.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"chard/taunton/taunton-racecourse","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/race horse.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Somerset County Cricket Ground","Body":"\u003cp\u003eCricket has always played a huge role in the county of Somerset, and a stay in Taunton is the perfect chance to enjoy a game whether you\u0026#39;re an avid follower or new to the sport.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA game of cricket is a great way to spend a day in Taunton, and it\u0026rsquo;s a fun experience even if you don\u0026rsquo;t know much about the game. Please check the official website for dates and matches. There\u0026#39;s always a great atmosphere on match days and the whole family are welcome. The cricket ground is just a short drive from Taunton town centre too, so it\u0026#39;s easy to reach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSomerset County Cricket Ground has been home to Somerset County Cricket Club since 1882 and can hold more than 6,500 spectators. You\u0026#39;ll also find Somerset Cricket Museum at the ground, and it sits on the outskirts of the ground in a listed building.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.019,"LocationLongitude":-3.10104,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/07/cricket game.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"chard/taunton/somerset-county-cricket-ground","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/07/cricket game.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Bridgwater Carnival","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSomerset is renowned for its colourful and vibrant carnivals, but Bridgwater\u0026rsquo;s illuminations are famed, and often attract crowds up more than 150,000. The carnival takes place every November, and is thought to be the world\u0026rsquo;s largest illuminated procession.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe carnival procession lights up the winter as hundreds of dazzling floats make their way through the town, and with lively entertainment throughout Bridgwater from 10.30am this is one of the biggest annual events in Somerset. The parade takes so long to pass that there are stands of seats every year and they\u0026rsquo;re always available to book in advance if you don\u0026rsquo;t fancy standing, and please make sure you arrive in good time as the roads close at 4pm.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Bridgwater Carnival attracts crowds from miles around, and if you\u0026rsquo;ve yet to see the spectacle of the illuminated floats then make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss this year\u0026rsquo;s parade.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":51.1279,"LocationLongitude":-3.00365,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/10/bridgwater-carnival.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/the-bridgwater-carnival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/10/bridgwater-carnival.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"West Sedgemoor Nature Reserve","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWest Sedgemoor Nature Reserve is the ideal Taunton walk for bird lovers, as it\u0026rsquo;s a protected haven for them. Guided walks are available of the nature reserve, and if you take one during the summer you\u0026rsquo;ll be greeted by a colourful carpet of wild flowers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePart of the biggest wet meadow system in England, West Sedgemoor has the largest lowland selection of breeding wading birds, so there\u0026rsquo;s always plenty to see on a visit! There\u0026#39;s also a winter viewing station.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0149,"LocationLongitude":-2.91393,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/southernhawker_tcm9-150960.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/west-sedgemoor-nature-reserve","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/southernhawker_tcm9-150960.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Taunton to Longaller","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThis four-mile walk in Taunton is perfect if you want to stretch your legs, and it starts right in the town centre.The walk is a scenic choice, following the River Tone towards the west of Taunton. There are no cafes of facilities along the way, so it\u0026rsquo;s an idea to stock up before you leave the town.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walk explores the low lying water meadows and riverside scenery close to Taunton, so it\u0026rsquo;s best avoided after heavy rainfall due to the chance of floods. This is a circular walk. There are some interesting points of interest along the way, including Taunton\u0026nbsp; Castle and Museum, Goodland Gardens and Silk Mills Road. You can also take a little detour and visit the village of Bishops Hull, which is home to a 13th century church (with a quirky octagonal tower).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0151,"LocationLongitude":-3.10674,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/07/Central Taunton.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/taunton-to-longaller","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/07/Central Taunton.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Somerset Space Walk","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Somerset Space Walk is a unique demonstration of the solar system through a Taunton walk. The trail uses the fourteen miles of historic canal between Taunton and Bridgwater to demonstrate the layout and scale of the planets with models along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDesigned to change and challenge people\u0026rsquo;s perceptions of the solar system and space, the walk was opened by an astronomer in 1997. There\u0026rsquo;s no need to tackle the whole walk at once, as Maunsel Canal Centre is close to the inner planets!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0626,"LocationLongitude":-2.98888,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/family-walk2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/somerset-space-walk","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/family-walk2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Museum of Somerset","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHoused within Taunton Castle, the Museum of Somerset has recently seen a huge redevelopment, and as the reviews on TripAdvisor will vouch this remains one of Taunton\u0026rsquo;s most impressive family attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum now uses engaging and interactive displays to tell the tale of Somerset from prehistoric times right up to today, and it uses genuine artefacts along with audio displays and images to bring the stories to life. The artefacts on display include a shrunken head, the second largest collection of Roman coins and the Tree of Somerset.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is a museum that has been designed with families in mind, so a visit is an informative for children as it is for mums and dads, in fact, thanks to the friendly staff and onsite cafe it\u0026rsquo;s a great day out. Entry to the museum is free and there\u0026rsquo;s a gift shop for those who want to pick up a unique gift or souvenir.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe exhibitions are updated regularly, so even if you\u0026rsquo;ve visited before there\u0026rsquo;ll be something new to catch your eye. The museum is easy to reach as it\u0026rsquo;s right in the heart of the town, and if you get a wet day during your stay it\u0026rsquo;s just the place to amuse the kids.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0156,"LocationLongitude":-3.10461,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/candle.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/museum-of-somerset","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/candle.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Hestercombe Gardens","Body":"\u003cp\u003eImmerse yourself in a 50 acre landscape of blooming gardens, temples and quiet woodland with a visit to the historic Hestercombe Gardens. Hestercombe is a spectacular Taunton family attraction, set on the sloping Quantock Hills and its views are striking. Three period gardens cover fifty acres and make Hestercombe an unforgettable place to visit. The Grade I listed Landscaped Garden, Victorian Terrace and Edwardian Gardens make a beautiful sight, and there\u0026#39;s always something new to see in each.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOnce deserted, the famous gardens have now been carefully restored and make a lovely day out for all ages. The 17th century water mill completes the nostalgic feel of the gardens, and the attraction is open every day of the year (except for Christmas Day). The water mill has been carefully restored and now demonstrates the importance of renewable energy and the historic ways it was used. Gardeners will love the garden shop and plant centre too, and entry to these and the Stables Restaurant is free.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0528,"LocationLongitude":-3.08355,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/20.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/hestercombe-gardens","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/20.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Somerset Cricket Museum","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAs all you cricket fans will know, one of the biggest attractions in Taunton is its cricket ground. Taunton is home to Somerset County Cricket Club, and Somerset Cricket Museum is found right inside the cricket ground so you can pop in on match day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHoused inside all that remains of Taunton priory (a listed building with a history that dates back 500 years), Somerset Cricket Museum is open Tuesday to Friday between April and October, please check the website for exact dates and times. Please note that only spectators can enter the museum whilst first-class matches are being played.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0189,"LocationLongitude":-3.09899,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/cricket.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"chard/taunton/somerset-cricket-museum","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/cricket.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Podshavers","Body":"\u003cp\u003eUniquely-named after a cricketing term (because the barn beside the restaurant was once used for making cricket bats), Podshavers is found close to Bishops Lydeard and is set in a former milking shed which still retains its character throughout. The quirkiness doesn\u0026rsquo;t stop at the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s name, as it is housed in a traditional barn that makes an ideal setting for a taste of Exmoor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePodshavers offers unforgettable cuisine in a sophisticated setting, and the need to reserve your table well in advance speaks for itself. Despite the chic surroundings in the converted milking shed, Podshavers strikes a calming and friendly atmosphere and the menu is based on quality local produce\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe dining room opens onto the original courtyard, which is another of the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s charming features, so whether you choose to enjoy the dairy farm setting on a warm day or retreat inside for a cosy meal in a unique spot of an evening, we\u0026rsquo;re sure you\u0026rsquo;ll have a visit to remember at Podshavers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0624,"LocationLongitude":-3.1728,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/salad with quail.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/podshavers","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/salad with quail.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Clavelshay Barn Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eClavelshay Barn Restaurant is set in a beautiful stone barn on a genuine dairy farm, which dates back to 1700. The restaurant\u0026rsquo;s country atmosphere makes it a great place to relax, and there is plenty to see even inside! Aside from the ever-changing art displays, there are traditional features such as oak flooring, a cedar staircase and even elm roof beams.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s little wonder the Clavelshay Barn has been voted the best restaurant in Bridgwater by the TripAdvisor reviewers, set in a pretty stone barn the restaurant is bursting with rural charm. It would be a shame to stay in self-catering Bridgwater accommodation without trying a taste of Somerset, and this is just the place to do it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Clavelshay Barn Restaurant is perched beside the Quantock Hills on a dairy farm. Needless to say, the fresh, local produce and family-run atmosphere make this a great experience. Even the water is from the farm\u0026rsquo;s spring!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0752,"LocationLongitude":-3.06721,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/gastro food.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bridgwater/clavelshay-barn-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/gastro food.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Demetris Taverna","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf it\u0026rsquo;s top of the TripAdvisor reviews you guys obviously think it\u0026rsquo;s worth a try during a Weston-super-Mare holiday, so book your table at this traditional taverna and make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss out on a highly recommended experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDemetris Taverna basks in reviews such as \u0026lsquo;a fantastic experience\u0026rsquo;, \u0026lsquo;quality Greek food\u0026rsquo; and \u0026lsquo;a must for foodies\u0026rsquo;, so we have no qualms about recommending this restaurant as one that\u0026rsquo;s well worth trying during a stay in Somerset.The restaurant has been running for more than three decades, so it\u0026rsquo;s a South West institution as much as an eatery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant serves authentic Greek food cooked over charcoal using traditional methods, and the dishes are serves up with confidence and a little bit of flair. There\u0026rsquo;s also a take-away menu if you can\u0026rsquo;t drag yourselves away from your holiday cottage, just check out the website before you decide. The menu is carefully prepared by Greek chefs, so if you love authentic Greek cuisine with a true taste and flavour then this is the place to book a table.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3469,"LocationLongitude":-2.97991,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/Greek food.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/demetris-taverna","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/Greek food.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Thai Lotus Flower","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThai Lotus Flower is one of Taunton\u0026rsquo;s most loved restaurants, and it\u0026rsquo;s one of those places that makes customers feel right at home. With a relaxed setting, Thai Lotus Flower serves traditonal Thai meals cooked fresh every time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant is a good choice for those with special dietary requirements in Taunton accommodation, as the staff are happy to work around them. Thai Lotus Flower is a Somerset leader in Thai food, and it\u0026rsquo;s prepared with healthy ingredients just the way the customer asks (mild, medium or hot). \u0026nbsp;There\u0026rsquo;s also a take away service.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0215,"LocationLongitude":-3.1034,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/chinese.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/thai-lotus-flower","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/chinese.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Malt n Hops","Body":"\u003cp\u003eJust a five minute walk from the county cricket ground, Malt n Hops is a favourite with those visiting Taunton, and if you like to indulge in a traditional pub meal during a stay somewhere new then that\u0026rsquo;s what Malt n Hops does best. Review after review points out that the pub serves great food with no fuss, and if you\u0026#39;re in town to enjoy the cricket it\u0026#39;s a convenient place to relax and unwind before or after the match.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe food is a cut above usual pub grub, and with all produce locally sourced it\u0026rsquo;s a great opportunity to sample the true taste of Taunton. The perfect pit stop during a day at the cricket, Malt n Hops is recognised by the TripAdvisor reviewers as friendly and great value. Don\u0026#39;t worry if you want to make the most of the warm weather during summer, there\u0026rsquo;s a beer garden to enjoy in summer too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.016,"LocationLongitude":-3.09703,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/wine.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/taunton/malt-n-hops","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/wine.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Jenny @ Tristan\u0027s","Body":"\u003cp\u003eVisitors to quaint old Taunton are often eager to enjoy the rustic charms they\u0026rsquo;ve heard so much about, and Jenny @ Tristan\u0026rsquo;s is a great place to start. This bistro has the feel of a farm house, so expect comfort and character with fantastic food.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eJenny\u0026rsquo;s is a favourite with TripAdvisor reviewers, and the menu includes hearty meals at reasonable prices. This is a great choice for those planning a romantic evening, as the bistro has a cosy, intimate atmosphere. 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The street has the look of a film set to it, and as you wander it you\u0026rsquo;ll expect your path to be crossed by bustling ladies in period costume and horses to clip clop their way along the road.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe close is the oldest street in Europe to have been continually inhabited, and it\u0026rsquo;s connected to the cathedral by a bridge. You\u0026rsquo;ll take photo after photo during a visit, and the cottages have changed little over the centuries. Their stone chimneys reach proudly for the sky and the cottages are an architect\u0026rsquo;s dream. 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Found close to Wellington and a 15 minute drive from Taunton, the house dates back to the 15\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century and has been carefully restored with medieval furniture and fabrics so it looks much as it would have done in its heyday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe house is thought to be one of England\u0026rsquo;s finest surviving medieval manors, and as soon as you step through the gate into the courtyard you\u0026rsquo;ll be struck by just how little appears to have changed over the centuries. The welcome you\u0026rsquo;ll receive may be friendly but the house is still every inch the impressive country manor, complete with oak panelling, treasures with tales to tell and stained glass windows. There\u0026rsquo;s something to see in every chamber, hall and parlour and the friendly tour guide will transport you back through the ages and make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a thing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGuided tours of the house are available most Sundays and every bank holiday from the first Sunday in April until the last one in September, and the gardens open during the same period on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and bank holidays. 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This tranquil cycling route runs alongside a stretch of waterway in the heart of Devon and crosses through the Devon/Somerset border. The trail is entirely off road and is mostly flat, making it the perfect route for families and children looking for a fun yet peaceful day out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Grand Western Canal runs for 24 miles and stretches from Tiverton to Taunton, and you can take on as much or as little of the route as you like. Although cycle hire is not available at the country park, Abbotshood Cycle Hire is nearby in Halberton and will provide you with everything needed for your day out. They\u0026rsquo;ll even deliver your bicycles to the canal side when arranged in advance.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s so much to see when exploring this charming and peaceful cycle route. From beautiful local wildlife to horse-drawn barges, this stretch of canal side is really unique. 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