Finding Us

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.)

If 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 (

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 for routes and timetables. However, most routes do not run on Sundays.



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