The county town of Somerset, Taunton lies on the edge of the Somerset Levels, within easy reach of the M5. The local station offers good rail links to Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and London. The town is home to more than 60,000 people, many of whom express a fondness for its most famous export cider.
Local green space includes Vivary Park, which plays host to the town's celebrated annual flower show. Other attractions include the county cricket ground, National Hunt racing at England's newest racecourse and the recently upgraded Museum of Somerset. In nearby Williton, the Bakelite Museum offers 'The largest collection of vintage plastics in Britain'.
Back in 1685, the dreaded Judge Jeffreys held his bloody Assize in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle (now the museum). Today, the town is home to 40 Commando, the Royal Marines.