The Museum of Somerset

The Museum of Somerset
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset
01823 255088
Region or country
England (South West)

The Museum of Somerset is based at Taunton Castle. The Castle is a Grade I Listed Scheduled Ancient Monument standing at the heart of Somerset’s county town. It has been the home of a Museum for well over 100 years.

The castle was used as a prison and assize court for many centuries and the Great Hall continued to be used as a law court until 1858.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
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Details of opening for public access and / or research services
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Entrance is free but donations welcomed.
Available services or facilities
Cafe, Shop, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
Face coverings are encouraged; please do not visit if you have COVID-19 symptoms; 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.
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives
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