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Woodlands
Ruishton
Taunton
Somerset
TA3 5LU

Tel: 01823 444955


Woodlands Castle, Taunton
The best-located conference and wedding venue in Somerset.

Woodlands Castle is a privately owned venue offering function and meeting rooms that can be hired individually or exclusively depending on the event. We are situated in 12 acres of private grounds surround by woodland making the house a secluded haven; yet we are just minutes from Taunton Town Centre and sit on junction 25 of the M5, providing a central meeting point between Exeter and Bristol.

We can cater for all kinds of events from conferences and receptions to weddings, BBQ’s and parties.

We have a friendly and flexible approach and with our own catering team we can help create your event to match your actual requirements.



Weddings & Receptions
For private functions from Weddings & Receptions to Birthday Parties the house is exclusively yours for the duration. We try to be as flexible as possible so whether you want tea and cakes on the lawn or a live band in the Orchard Suite, the house and grounds are available for you and your guests to use however you wish. It’s your day so we want to create an event that is as individual as you are.

Woodlands castle is licensed for civil ceremonies and can offer exclusive hire from £1175, so you can build you own package and control your own budgets or set packages including everything from welcome drink and wine to table centres and 3 course-meal start from £90.20per head. For larger numbers we have fantastic lawn space for marquees and marquee hire can be added on for an extra £12.95 per head. Ever thought of having a Christmas wedding? Then please contact us regarding our fantastic deals on exclusive winter packages.

We have a great catering team that pride themselves on providing excellent, reasonably priced, locally sourced, food to suit your tastes. With over thirty set menu’s to choose from there is something to suit everyone, or create your own menu and we’ll price it for you.

So you can have a stress free function we have compiled a list of recommend suppliers for you. If its limo hire, fireworks or a bouncy castle you want, we know they provide the level of service you would expect.

We will be happy to show you around and talk through your individual requirements just give us a ring on 01823 444955.



Conferences & Meetings
Conveniently located off the M5 at junction 25 we are both accessible yet tranquil.

There are five versatile meeting rooms in the main house, the largest holding up to 50 people in theatre style. With 12 acres of private grounds for outdoor training. We pride ourselves on flexibility and accommodate our clients needs wherever possible. We have no minimum numbers for bookings and will always place you in a room to fit your requirements.

Our day delegate rate includes:

  • Room Hire
  • Refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and afternoon.
  • Buffet Lunch (Special diets catered for)
  • Equipment - Flip charts, Projectors, OHP’s and screens
  • On-site free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access
  • Hearing induction loop available

Break-out rooms and half day delegate rate also available or just room hire. Please phone our conference office on 01823 444955 for a personalised quote.

Team building days are also available from archery and problem solving games on the lawn to quad biking in our neighbouring fields.

All our rooms have natural lighting and benefit from no pillars or obstructions. We can also offer a two course hot buffet for those extra special meetings.



History of the House
Woodlands Castle was built in 1810, and was remodelled and enlarged by Richard Carver c1833 for Mrs Lock. The house originally a farm house is far more elaborate than you would expect from a late 18th century early 19th century building.

With its picturesque façade in the then fashionable pseudo-Tudor style and its planted pleasure ground it seems to be attempting to be a stately home, designed for public appearance and private pleasure rather then mere accommodation. The house appears in Kelly’s ‘Directory of the County of Somerset’ of 1861 which describes ‘Woodlands, the seat of the Hon. Charles Napier, is a pretty villa residence, situated in well laid out grounds, and commands a fine view of the Cothelstone hills.’