The Castle at Taunton
Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1NF (view map)
Welcome to the Castle Hotel at Taunton. This historic Norman fortress has witnessed over 9 centuries of turbulent history.
In 1685 the Duke of Monmouth‘s officers gathered here on the eve of the Battle of Sedgemoor, where they were defeated by the forces of King James II. The infamous Judge Jeffries held his Bloody Assize in the Great Hall of the castle shortly afterwards. Over 200 rebels from the Monmouth Rebellion were tried, convicted and then hanged, drawn and quartered. A further 800 were transported to the West Indies to work on the sugar plantations.
The building we see today is a Grade II listed, 18th century reconstruction of the original Norman castle, but does incorporate the original east gate, Castle Bow, which boasts 13th century features.
The Chapman family have been running the hotel for 60 years and in that time the castle has acquired a reputation for the warmth of its hospitality. The hotel offers a stylish restaurant, contemporary brasserie and light bites are available in the Bow Bar. Free WiFi is available.
The Castle is situated in Taunton in the heart of England’s beautiful West Country.