Taunton is situated in the picturesque county of Somerset in the South West of England and is close to the border of Devon. At around 160 miles from London, there are regular direct train services which take approximately two hours. The nearest airport to Taunton is Exeter Airport which is only around 25 miles away.
Taunton has a long and interesting history which dates from at least the 7th century with tantalising tales of nobility, sieges and rebellions. The wool trade played a significant role in Taunton’s history, particularly in the medieval period. Surrounded by fertile land and abundant water sources, it was an ideal centre for sheep farming and the production of wool. The Industrial Revolution saw Taunton continue to prosper in the textile industry and other industries emerged such as ironworking, pottery and brewing.
Nowadays, the town of Taunton serves as a commercial hub for the surrounding rural areas and has a diverse mixture of sectors which include manufacturing and technology, health care, education, retail and commerce, financial and professional, creative and cultural, the public sector and tourism and hospitality. Several well known businesses and head offices have their foundations in Taunton. In addition to having a hydrographic Ministry of Defence office (UKHO) here, the construction of the next generation nuclear power point Hinkley Point C provides many new opportunities with Taunton becoming a major economic base for investments, businesses and suppliers. It is the UK’s first nuclear plant in over two decades.
Education levels are high in Taunton and The University Centre Somerset is a leading provider which offers a huge variety of courses and facilities of the highest standards in collaboration with many local employers.
Taunton and indeed Somerset as a whole, has had a keen interest in the production of cider and is rather famous for the quality and craftsmanship of its apple based drinks!
Taunton has been voted the happiest place to live in the South West and it is little wonder when you take into consideration the many interesting and exciting features that it has to offer. Sample delights such as a visit to St Mary Magdalene Church which is situated in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset which lies within Taunton Castle, the English Willow Visitor Centre and the spectacular Vivary Park where a tributary of the River Tone, The Sherford Stream, flows through.
Bath Place is a charming and historic pedestrian shopping street which is home to some exceptional independent businesses while the Orchard Shopping Centre offers various retailers and a fantastic variety of places to eat.
If you venture slightly further afield you can visit Exmoor National Park with its landscapes of woods, farms, moors and natural habitats for british wildlife including the famous wild ponies. The well loved and ever popular beaches and holiday destinations of Devon and Cornwall are also within easy reach.
The town offers a unique blend of historic charm and modern amenities. Taunton provides a high quality of life with its rich cultural heritage and pretty landscapes. Its friendly community and cultural events make it an inviting place to call home, where the past embraces the present.
The next event hosted by the UK Careers Fair is to be held on February 22nd between 10am - 2pm. The venue is The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, TA1 1NF. This stunning, historic building is ideally placed in the heart of Taunton. This family owned Grade 2 listed landmark has been beautifully refurbished and transformed by the owners who are extremely passionate about their hotel.