Sorry, we are temporarily closed

In line with Government guidance, The Museum of Somerset will be closed until further notice.

How to Find Us

The Museum is housed in Taunton’s 12th century castle. It is within the picturesque Castle Green area of Taunton town centre. Our postcode is TA1 4AA.

We are 10 minutes from Junction 25 of the M5, 15 minutes walk from Taunton Railway Station and just 50 metres from Taunton Bus Station.

The nearest car parks are Tangier and the Crescent.

Opening Times

Open Wednesday – Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last entry 4.30 pm.)

Admission by advance booking only.

Christmas open days 

Christmas closed days 

Wed 23 Dec        Fri 25 Dec           
Thurs 24 Dec till 2.00 pm Sat 26 Dec          
Wed 30 Dec      Sun 27 Dec         
Thurs 31 Dec        Mon 28 Dec       
Sat 2 Jan              Tues 29 Dec       
  Fri 1 Jan
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The museum is run by a charity – the South West Heritage Trust.

Please consider donating £3 per person.

We need your support now more than ever.

The Castle Café

The Castle Café is run by the four-star Castle Hotel. The café serves morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas, including home-made, locally-sourced Somerset treats.

The Museum shop stocks a wide range of reasonably-priced souvenirs, gifts, cards, toys and books and the ‘Made in Somerset’ range of local food, drink and gifts.


Most parts of the Museum are fully accessible. There are lifts and disabled toilets as well as free wheelchair loan.

Physical access to almost all the site is provided by two passenger lifts. The Discovery and Singing Galleries can be accessed by a stair lift with accompanying wheelchair.

There is level access on each floor with ample space to manoeuvre between displays. Some doors open automatically. There are accessible toilets on the ground floor.

Due to our location on Castle Green, there is no on-site parking except for one allocated disabled space, which can be booked by calling us 01823 255088. It is possible to drop off disabled passengers outside the Museum.

Please contact us if you require assistance in accessing the Museum.

Photo: Visit Somerset