The museum is temporarily closed. We’re making plans to reopen in early August and inviting visitors to complete our Reopening Survey.

We’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Instagram so keep in touch!

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

Tuesday to Saturday, and Bank Holiday Mondays.

10.00 am – 5.00 pm (last entry 4.30 pm)

*Please note we are closed for maintenance on the morning of 21 April, re-opening at 12.00 pm*

In addition to our usual opening days (Tuesday to Saturday), the museum will be open on the following dates in 2020 – Monday 20 July, Monday 27 July, Monday 3 August, Monday 10 August, Monday 17 August, Monday 24 August, Monday 31 August, Sunday 25 October and Monday 26 October

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Admission is FREE.

The Museum is run by a registered charity, the South West Heritage Trust. Donations are welcome.

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.

Sit inside our light and airy café, or enjoy your refreshments in the beautiful Castle Courtyard.

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.

Groups and Tours

We offer a variety of tours to groups and societies.

These include guided tours exploring the collections and galleries, after-hours private views, and behind-the-scenes tours of Taunton Castle.

Find out more on the Groups and Tours page


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