Car hire in Taunton
Car hire in Taunton
Taunton is the gateway to the stunning natural beauty that is the West Country. Accessible via a number of towns and cities, including Bristol, in Somerset via the M5, Taunton is a great place to stay if you want countryside. Due to the great green areas and out-of-the-way attractions near Taunton, hiring a car is the best way to fully appreciate the town and surrounding area.
What I need to know
There are a few car hire companies operating in Taunton, allowing you to have your pick of vehicle types, no matter your needs. This also means you can find a vehicle to suit your budget. Our site makes this easier as you can compare suppliers, while booking through us also gives you free cancellation and 24/7 service.
Where to pick up my car
The providers operating in Taunton each have their own pick-up location, so this is worth bearing in mind before you book. Our site provides you with a map view so you can see which company is at the most convenient location for you. Once you have your car, you'll be able to enjoy exploring the wonderful town of Taunton.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
As well as simply heading out into the countryside, there is plenty for you to do in Taunton. You can drive to the Museum of Somerset to learn about the fascinating history of the south-west and take in the stunning Taunton Castle. Alternatively, you can go to Sheppy's Cider Farm to find out about the county's favourite tipple.
Around half an hour away via the M5 is Bridgwater, which is home to more beautiful green countryside, historic sites and a range of outdoor activities. If the Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum doesn't suit you, you might try kayaking or other water sports at Black Rock Outdoors or relaxing at Bridgwater Docks Canalside.
Taunton is around half an hour away from Bath via the M5, so it is well worth a visit when you're in the area. The beautiful city features stunning Georgian architecture and natural hot springs, which the Romans made the most of. You can head to the Roman baths to learn about the city's history and enjoy a soak in the waters. Of course, you may just want to wander around as there are plenty of shops to visit too.
Eating and drinking
When it comes to food and drink, Taunton is a great place to be. It was here that Taste of the West began, which now covers most of the south-west, supporting local producers. This is reflected in the local products on the menus, from pub grub to fine dining. Of course, you'll also find plenty of delicious local cider to try.
Things to do
If you enjoy nature walks and exploring outdoors, Taunton is heaven. There is a huge range of parks and gardens, including Hestercombe Gardens and Vivary Park, which are ideal for taking photos and enjoying picnics. You can also shop at the farmers' market or look out for hidden gems like the Trull Waterfall, which is great for wild swimming.
Somerset is full of sightseeing opportunities and Taunton is no different. St Mary Magdalene Church is one place you should visit, with its imposing tower being hard to miss. Both inside and outside are beautiful, while services are incredibly atmospheric.
Woodlands Castle is also worth a visit, with the 17th-century house being nestled in 12 acres of private parkland.