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18 November 2023

Join us for an historic Away Day at Taunton Castle in Somerset, home of the Bloody Assizes!

The Museum of Somerset, located in the 12th-century great hall of Taunton Castle, will be the site of our Away Day this year. Home of the Bloody Assizes, the Castle provides an ideal location to explore this year’s theme of ‘Justice’. (https://swheritage.org.uk/museum-of-somerset/explore/taunton-castle/)

(Photo courtesy Britain Magazine)

There are two car parks on Castle Street near the site, as well as a cafe on site.

The train station is one mile away from Taunton Castle with a direct link to Paddington Station in London. (Train time from Paddington: 2 hours with 57 trains per day.) Taxis are present at the train station, or the Castle is a 10-minute walk away.

The beautiful Castle Hotel is located next door to the venue - The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 1NF, 01823 272671. I would suggest booking a room as soon as possible, as they get booked quickly. They have both single and double rooms.

The regular rate for a double room is approximately £163 per night, including breakfast. https://www.the-castle-hotel.com/

(Photo courtesy Somerset Live)

Other hotels are available near the train station and nearer the motorways.

Taunton is just a 45-minute train ride or an hour bus ride from the historic cities of Bath, Bristol, and the golden sand beaches of Burnham-On-Sea.

More information can be found below.

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/taunton/things-to-do/activities

https://www.booking.com/

https://visitbath.co.uk/

https://visitbristol.co.uk/

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: Kathy.Postelle.Rixon@oxfordphilsoc.org. I hope to see you all there,

Kathy Postelle Rixon