Somerset Military Museum, Taunton

The museum tells the story of the regiments of Somerset in war and peacetime and features the history of the following regiments:

  • Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s)
  • Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
  • West Somerset Yeomanry
  • North Somerset Yeomanry
  • Somerset Militia, Rifle Volunteers and Territorials
  • The Light Infantry and its successor regiment, The Rifles

The museum introduces visitors to the wider background of the formation and development of Somerset’s regiments, and explores why soldiers fight for their country. It is part of The Museum of Somerset.

Did You Know?

The Somerset Light Infantry’s badge carries the name ‘Jellalabad’, to honour the courage of the regiment. Soldiers overcame a siege at the Afghan city in 1842 and an enemy force six times their number.


Taunton Castle
Castle Green
TA1 4A


01823 255088



Entry is free, but donations are welcome

Opening Times

Open all year


  • Café
  • Guidebooks
  • Parking nearby
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facility
  • Disabled toilets
  • Full disabled access
  • Handrails
  • Hearing loop
  • Level access/ramps
  • Wheelchair on site


The Somerset Military Museum Trust may be able to assist those carrying out specific research. Regimental archives are held at The Somerset Heritage Centre, and catalogues can be viewed online. It is recommended research enquirers contact The Rifles Office on 01823 333434 or email


  • Archives
  • Costume
  • Military
  • Social history

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Contemporary
  • Edwardian
  • Georgian
  • Stuart
  • Victorian