Private and Corporate

Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset lies within the historic 12th century Taunton Castle; a stunning Grade I Listed building which reopened in 2011 after a £7 million refurbishment.

The museum will provide your guests, clients or colleagues with a unique and memorable experience at one of the most historically significant buildings in Somerset.

From board meetings, conferences and business breakfasts to award ceremonies and personal celebrations, the museum provides an impressive setting for any occasion.

The Great Hall
The magnificent Great Hall, at the heart of the castle, is steeped in history. It provided the setting for Judge Jeffreys’ infamous Bloody Assizes in 1685 and was the venue for Sydney Smith’s famous speech on parliamentary reform in 1831. The Great Hall traditionally held grand gatherings of the people of Somerset and the museum is once again offering the opportunity to take advantage of this historically significant space.

The atmospheric Great Hall is recommended for the discerning guest wishing to hold a private celebration, large social event or corporate function. We can provide a cloakroom service and security, should your event go beyond 11.00 pm. Costs apply. Prices from £175.

Castle House

Event hire

Castle House has recently been restored, and the ground floor rooms of this beautiful old building are available for hire for talks, lectures, committee meetings etc. Prices from £15 per hour.


Great Hall seated (talks/ presentations) 100
Great Hall unseated 250
Learning Centre or Castle House (conference style) 35
Learning Centre or Castle House (meetings) 20

Holiday Let 

It is now possible to stay in the holiday apartment in Castle House.  This stunning and unique apartment can be let through Classic Cottages. It sleeps seven (plus cots) and is available for short breaks as well as full weeks. To find out more and to book visit Classic Cottages.


Stay at Castle House, within Taunton’s 12th century castle 

We offer an extensive menu to suit all occasions, budgets and tastes. We can also create a bespoke menu to suit your needs and meet any dietary requirements. We offer home-cooked, locally-sourced food and a high-quality service. This service is provided by the prestigious Castle Hotel.

How to book
For further information on how to take advantage of this prestigious venue, please call us on 01823 255088 or email

Castle House image courtesy of Classic Cottages