About the museum

The Somerset Military Museum is housed within the Museum of Somerset at Taunton Castle. It tells the story of the regiments of Somerset in war and peacetime. The gallery introduces visitors to the wider background of the formation and development of Somerset’s regiments, and explores why soldiers fight for their country. A comprehensive and well displayed collection covering the history of the County Regiments of Somerset from 1685.  The coverage of The Somerset Light Infantry including the First Afghan war, including the Siege of Jellalabad, and the medal display are of particular note.


The regimental archives of the Somerset Light Infantry, as well as some North and West Somerset Yeomanry records, are held at the Somerset Heritage Centre. Archive material may be viewed by appointment.


The Somerset Remembers Project explores the impact and long term legacy of the First World War.


The Rifles, Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, Somerset Light Infantry, Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s), Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry), Prince Albert’s (Somersetshire Light Infantry), 13th or Prince Albert’s Regiment of Light Infantry, 13th (or 1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry), 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot, 13th Regiment of Foot, Earl of Barrymore’s Regiment of Foot (Pearce’s Dragoons), The Earl of Huntingdon’s Regiment of Foot, Somerset Militia, Somerset Rifle Volunteer Regiments, North Somerset Yeomanry, West Somerset Yeomanry.


Coach Parking
Car Parking
Lecture Room
Disabled Access
Education service

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday and bank holiday Mondays

10am - 5pm.

Check museum website for winter maintenance closure.




Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA

Tel 01823 255088

Museum of Somerset

Visiting Advice

The Museum of Somerset and Somerset Military Museum are located within Taunton's Castle adjacent to Castle Green at the centre of Somerset's county town.