Looking for something to do at the weekends or on a lazy afternoon might cross the minds of many of us, so it's lucky Taunton has a great deal on offer.

From those wanting to enrich their minds with knowledge, to taking in some great views or trying some local beverages, the county town of Somerset is not limited by much.

Through Tripadvisor we've rounded by 10 of the best things to do around Taunton, with a ranking of 4/5 or above.

Vivary Park

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Address: Upper High Street, Taunton TA1 3SX

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 455 reviews)

Described as having "well maintained" gardens by one reviewer on Tripadvisor, Vivary Park is a great place to have a walk around.

Its facilities include crazy golf and a play area for the kids to help keep them occupied if need be.

Museum of Somerset

Address: Castle Lodge, Castle Grn, Taunton TA1 4AA

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 908 reviews)

Housed in Taunton’s historic castle, the Museum of Somerset tells the county's fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day.

A good spot for a day out, especially if you are keen on expanding your historical knowledge.

Coates English Willow Visitor Centre

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Address: Meare Green Court, Stoke Road, Stoke St Gregory, Mare Green, Taunton TA3 6HY

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 288 reviews)

This museum can take you through the history of willow making in the local area and how the neraby wetlands have facilitated this for centuries.

Stoke Wood Alpacas

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Address: Stoke Road, Stoke St Mary, Taunton TA3 5DD

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5 (from 124 reviews)

A great experience for all the family involving learning about alpacas, taking them on a walk and hand feeding them.

St Mary Magdalene Church

Address: Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 53 reviews)

Probably an ideal place to just spend an afternoon, the St Mary Magdalene Church is a simple place to just admire the windows and organ.

Plus, there is a cafe to enjoy a spot of tea and cake if you so desire.

Sheppy's Cider Ltd

Address: Three Bridges, Bradford-on-Tone, Taunton TA4 1ER

Tripadvisor rating: 4/5 (from 73 reviews)

A combination of cider museum, farm shop and café, Sheppy's Cider Ltd offers a great experience and a chance to test out some quality beverages.

Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre

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Address: Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 56 reviews)

The Brewhouse Theatre is the largest theatre and arts centre in Taunton catering for professional arts organisations, community groups, schools and businesses.

Containing a 350 seat auditorium, it hosts a variety of performances and films which would make for a good evening's entertainment.

French Weir Park

Address: 15 Northfield Ave, Taunton TA1 1XF

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 11 reviews)

A great area for countryside walks, French Weir Park is described as a great space to bring your dogs, and also your children if you want to help them get rid of a bit of energy.

Somerset Towpath

Address: Taunton Canal

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 60 reviews)

Described as a "lovely walk with pub at the end" the Somerset Towpath is good for either biking, walking or running with the chance to see a bit of wildlife along the way.

Bishops Lydeard Mill

Address: Mill Lane, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton TA4 3LN

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 76 reviews)

Located in the small village of Bishops Lydeard, the restored mill is another peek into local history.

Although not open again until May 2023 it's a nice little spot to spend the day, as the surrounding village has plenty to offer as well.