The church is situated in the centre of Taunton, between the Brewhouse Theatre and Somerset County Cricket Club. You can’t miss it, because we have the only 120 foot high red sandstone tower on St James Street! (But don’t get misled by other towers and spires near the town centre, especially the similar tower of St Mary Magdalene, at the end of Hammett Street.)
approaching on foot, the main pedestrian
entrance is off St James Street, next to the
tower. The main entrance is just a few metres
away across the car park, through the large door
at the base of the tower.
If approaching by car
for the first time, the best way is to come from the M5
direction, along Priory Avenue, which then becomes St James
Street beyond a mini-roundabout. There is currently also access
from the town centre end of St James Street, but the local
council is about to block this off.
To access the small church car park, go past the church, follow
the road round to the right into Coal Orchard, and then look for
the entrance to the car park for St James Medical Centre. Go
through their car park, and the church car park is clearly
indicated by signs. You will need to move the “church parking
only” sign – please put it back behind you. Visitors to the
church are welcome to use the church car park.
For services and other events in the church or the halls, car parking is available in the Coal Orchard car park (P4) (but the council is intending to all but close this during the year). There is some on-street parking, and the next nearest council car parks are in Canon Street (P3), Wood Street (P12) and Whirligigg Lane (P15). Here is an extract from the council’s parking map (http://www.tauntondeane.gov.uk):
Disabled visitors and
anyone else who has difficulty walking are welcome to park in
the church car park for services. If you are coming for the
first time, it would be helpful if you could email or call the
church office, so we know to look out for you. The church car
park is right next to the main entrance, and access to the
church is level. Inside, there is level access to all parts of
the church, including a disabled WC.
If coming by public transport, most busses set down either at the centre of town, near to the tourist information office, or at the bus station in Tower Street. Go to www.firstgroup.com/somerset for routes and timetables. However, most routes do not run on Sundays.
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