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Taunton Guide

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Few towns exemplify a classic English market town better than Taunton. This lovely little corner of Somerset is filled with shops, restaurants and historic landmarks. Visitors can walk the Heritage Trail through town and step back 1,000 years in time when passing impressive sites like St James Church. Taunton also makes an ideal base for excursions around southwest England. With car rental, there is no end to the variety of daytrips on offer.

Who to Book With
Most of the usual rental companies, such as Europcar and Avis, are on hand in Taunton for travellers who arrive by train or bus. There are several offices near the stations, as well as in the town’s big business parks like Trinity Business Centre. To ensure you get the car you want at the best rate available, book online as early as possible.

Best Time to go
Taunton’s weather is wetter and milder than that of the rest of England. July and August average 21°C and are always the busiest months in terms of tourism. Most of the rain falls in the autumn and winter, and December temperatures hover around 1°C. A good compromise is a visit at the edges of summer, when the weather is good but the crowds are lighter.

Need to Know Essentials
The following are required when collecting your car hire vehicle:

- A valid UK or EU driving license or International Driving Permit
- Another form of picture ID like a passport
- The credit card used to make the rental reservation
- A confirmation print-out if possible

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving
Taunton has a reputation for rather shocking traffic conditions considering the modest size of the town. It’s something the city council is working on, and the congestion does ease up once outside the centre of town. A good idea is to use the new Taunton Flyer park and ride lots at the Silk Mills or Taunton Gateway. Parking is free, and adult return bus tickets to the town centre cost just £2.20. Taunton enjoys excellent access to the M5, along with major roads like the A358 and the A38.

See our guide to the UK for more information on driving here.

Transport

Although Taunton is well-serviced by train, coach and road, only the public bus network provides transport around the town. Taxis are commonly used to travel short distances around Taunton, but many visitors opt to pick up a rental car at the train or bus station to make travelling around Somerset more convenient.

Trains
The Taunton train station is on three different lines: Reading to Taunton, Bristol to Exeter and the Cross-Country Route. First Great Western and CrossCountry are the two train operators available here, with fast and slow trains every hour to Exeter, Bristol and London. A few car rental companies can be found right at the train station for convenient pick-ups.

Taxis
Plenty of taxis are around to help with downtown transportation. Firms like A1 Ace Taxis can be called by phone or booked online for convenient pick-ups any time of day. Taxis also tend to queue up at the train and bus stations.

Buses
Buses are the only form of public transport within Taunton. First Avon and Somerset is the company that operates the network, with buses covering most of the town area. Buses hit the stops every seven minutes during peak hours, with tickets costing around £1 per single fare. FirstDay passes, good for unlimited one-day travel, are a great deal at £4.30 for adults and £2.70 for children.

Exploring

Somerset is one of the prettiest parts of southwestern England, and Taunton makes the ideal base for daytrips around the area. Both the Bristol Channel and the English Channel coasts are a short drive from town, as are popular destinations like Glastonbury and Exeter. Outdoor fans have both the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks for walking and miles of coastal road for cruising.

Recommended Drives

The Exmoor Coast - Located to the northwest of Taunton, offers both a national park and miles of scenic coastal road to explore. This area boasts some of the most sublime scenery in England, as well as ample options for walking, biking or horseback riding excursions in and around the park.

Glastonbury - A magical place, and not just because of its role in the legends of King Arthur. The Glastonbury Tor rises high above Somerset, capped by the ruins of St Michael’s Church. The town itself, also a real charmer, is just a short scenic drive through the countryside from Taunton.

Cheddar Gorge - England’s deepest canyon, with cliffs that rise 450 metres on either side of the road that winds through it. The gorge itself is quite a surreal thing to observe as it cuts into the flat Somerset plains. There are also caves underneath to explore, as well as the X-treme sporting centre for caving and rock climbing adventures.

Clevedon - One of the most charming Victorian seaside towns you’re likely to encounter in England. The presence of tourism here is just the right amount, with a lovely 1869 pier - where the Waverley paddle steamer takes passengers on pleasure cruises along the Somerset Coast in summer - the star of the show.

Frequently asked questions

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
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