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Taunton | United Kingdom

The Castle Hotel

at Taunton

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Originally Built In

Associated Family names
Gifford, de Blois, Chapman
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Number of Rooms

Seen in (movie/tv)
TV show ‘Most Haunted’

Royal Guests
Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King Edward VIII, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret

Original Use

Taunton, United Kingdom

Perfect for
Couples, Weddings, Family Gatherings

Property type


About The Castle at Taunton

The Castle at Taunton is one of Britain’s most unique and historic hotels. The beautiful, wisteria-clad 4-star hotel has a rich history dating back over 1000 years. There are still portions of the original stone structure dating back to the 13th century, including the Castle Bow restaurant.

Our history

A Norman fortress

Located in the depths of picturesque Somerset, this Norman fortress has witnessed over nine centuries of turbulent history and has undergone a myriad of changes since the 12th century. Although the castle’s origins are obscure, it is generally believed that the castle in its present form began to take shape under Bishop William Giffard (1107-29), when it served as the centre of the Norman bishop’s estate. The building we see today, lovingly renovated and maintained by the Chapman family for the last seventy years, is a Grade II listed reconstruction of the original Norman castle that charmingly incorporates many of the castle’s original features.

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Events & Activities


You're taking the first step to arranging the most important day of your life, and here at The Castle Hotel we never forget that every couple is different. We enjoy getting to know you, and we do everything we can to make your dream wedding a reality.

Private Parties

Parties. Remember. Here at The Castle Hotel, we know how to host a good party. Christenings, round birthdays, anniversaries, shooting parties - we've got it covered. Whether it's a booth in Brazz with the girls or a gala dinner for 100, we'll make sure it's a memorable occasion.


Whether you're planning an outing for your board or a networking event, you'll be thrilled with what The Castle Hotel has to offer. Just two miles from the M5, The Castle has ample parking and a choice of individually designed meeting and dining rooms to suit any size or occasion.

Facilities & More

The Castle’s reputation for fine food and wine, comfort and attentive service has been built by three generations of the Chapman family, who are passionate about promoting the highest standards in every aspect of the hotel. Taunton is in the heart of the region, making The Castle the ideal base from which to explore the history, magic and wonder of the West Country.


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In the heart of England’s stunning West Country, the Castle at Taunton is the perfect place from which to explore Somerset. In addition to being conveniently located in Taunton town centre, the hotel offers easy access to some of the most magical views in the South West. If travelling by train, the hotel is 10 minute walk from Taunton station. The nearest airport is Exeter Aiport (approx 30 miles / 40 min drive), or Bristol Airport (approx 40 miles / 50 min drive).

The Castle Hotel
Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 1NF