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Vivary Park, Taunton

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4.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Vivary Park is a public open space in Taunton, Somerset, England.The Sherford Stream, a tributary of the River Tone, flows through the 7.5ha park, which is located near the centre of the town. It contains two main wide open spaces, as well as a war memorial dating from 1922, a miniature golf course, tennis courts, two children's playgrounds, a model railway track which was added in 1979, and an 18-hole, 4620yd, par-63 golf course. The park includes trees, rose beds and herbaceous borders, with around 56,000 spring and summer bedding plants being used each year. The rose garden includes the Royal National Rose Society Provincial Trial Ground.The park is a garden of the European Garden Heritage Network.HistoryThe park stands on land that was formerly a medieval fish farm, or vivarium, for Taunton Priory and Taunton Castle. Although nothing remains above ground of these lakes, they are the origin of the name Vivary. Entries in pipe rolls of the 13th and 14th centuries show that bream, pike, and eels were supplied from the vivarium to the Castle and sometimes to the royal household. These sources identify two ponds, the magnum vivarium, or great pond, which probably occupied the low-lying area of the present-day golf-course, and the parvum vivarium or little pond, within what is now the park proper. When a trench for a new sewer was cut through the park and its golf course during the 1970s, archaeologists were able to identify the deposits of silt left behind by the medieval fish ponds.
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  • Well on Sunday it was Marks and Spencers or Vivary Park.....I chose the Park and what a great place it is. The flowers are amazing even so late in the season. The band stand and fountain are master pi...  read more »
  • A super park with a range of great facilities including a 18 hole golf course and high ropes centre. Very pleasant to walk around with family. Only downside is cost to park. 
  • I have visited this park so many times from wedding receptions, to children being allowed to play and run about, to flower festivals; to well pretty much everything one would expect from a municipal /...  read more »
  • A really nice park near the centre of Taunton!
  • Real nice park, well maintained and really pleasant on a sunny afternoon!
  • Lovely place to go on hot summer days!
  • Nice place to relax when the sun is out
  • Best park in taunton the kids always ask to go there first but they're disappointed when the water features don't work and the train track there is very rarely running but on a hot day with everything working as it should and the sand between your toes there isn't anywhere better to be in taunton.
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