Taunton Register Office - In Pictures - Somerset Registration Services

Taunton Register Office, at the Old Municipal Buildings on Corporation Street is definitely one of the more beautiful register offices in the country. Our Grade II listed home dates from 1522, and is bursting with period features such as oak beams and stained glass windows. The foyer area has a beautiful tiled floor leading to a curved oak staircase, perfect for photos. We are so proud to be able to offer couples ceremonies in a truly historic setting for register office prices – full ceremony prices start from just £200. In the heart of the Taunton’s cultural quarter, it’s ideal for moving on to a reception at one of our lovely neighbouring restaurants or pubs. Local photographers often make the most of the Somerset Museum and Castle Hotel grounds for stunning shoots, or taking a short walk up to Vivary Park to capture those special first married moments.

360° tour starting at our main reception entrance – use this entrance for notice appointments and 2+2 ceremonies.

360° tour starting at our ceremony entrance – use this entrance for ceremonies in the Tudor Hall or Vivary Room

The Tudor Hall

Our largest room, The Tudor Hall, can host parties of up to 100. Lined with oil portraits below the gothic vaulted ceiling, it has the traditional feel of a church – or perhaps a hint of Hogwarts! Comfortable seating lines the red carpeted aisle, with ancient wooden arched doors leading out on to the terraced walkway for the couple to make their exit ready to greet friends and family, and pose for photos. It’s ideal for larger wedding parties, but, as we’ve discovered during the pandemic, it’s still wonderful for smaller gatherings too. The Tudor Hall is available right through the week from Monday to Saturday, and the current 2021 price is just £350, including the room, the registrars and a copy of your certificate.

360° tour starting in the Tudor Hall

The Vivary Room

Upstairs is our smaller ceremony suite, The Vivary Room. It’s got that real wow factor, with oodles of period charm. Parties of up to 28 are seated around the unique horseshoe council tables, with the couple walking up the aisle between them. Perfect for more intimate ceremonies, it’s one of our most popular rooms and is available on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. Ceremonies in the Vivary currently cost only £200 including the room, the registrars and your certificate. Before covid, the maximum number for the Vivary was 40. We are reviewing the situation, carrying out air testing, and will update this information should we be able to increase numbers again. We will notify couples with upcoming ceremonies if there are changes, but otherwise please plan for the numbers stated in the Pre Ceremony Check form & guidance that you need to send us around 1 month before the big day.

360° tour starting in the Vivary Room

The Somerset Room

Simple ceremonies for just the couple and their two witnesses take place in the Somerset Room. This is a working office used for ceremonies as well as notice of marriage and other appointments, but is still within the Tudor building. This allows our couples to take advantage of the historic exterior and beautiful nearby locations for photo opportunities, often before heading off for a celebration lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. The “2+2” ceremony costs just £57 and is available Monday to Friday.

360° tour starting in the Somerset Room

Read more about what you can include in ceremonies in the Marriages & Partnerships page or in the Ceremony Guidance download available on the More Information page. If you know you’d like to book, just fill in the booking form via our Contact page and let us know which room you’d like.

just married couple kissing with guests applauding standing an oak beamed tudor hal

The Tudor Hall – perfect for a first married kiss! photo: Who Is Benjamin Photography


black and white image of couple walking back down aisle after getting married, surrounded by standing guests in an oak beamed tudor hall

The Tudor Hall – just as lovely in black and white. Photo: Who Is Benjamin Photography


image of tudor ceremony room with curved oak table and blue leather chairs

The Vivary Room – the view from the registrar’s spot


image of tudor ceremony room with vaulted oak beamed ceiling, oak tables and blue leather chairs and a large antique clock hanging high on the wall

The Vivary Room, and its glorious Tudor beamed ceiling


married couple, bride in white dress and groom in military uniform, standing with registrar during wedding ceremony. guests line either side of the room which has vaulted oak beamed ceiling.

The Vivary Room – mid ceremony. Photo: Who Is Benjamin Photography


just married couple in suit and white dress standing in arched stone doorway

The Old Municipal Buildings – Tudor doors make perfect frames. Photo: Who Is Benjamin Photography


couple in white dress and military uniform exit ceremony building with guests throwing confetti

The Old Municipal Buildings – that perfect confetti shot! photo: Who Is Benjamin Photography


wedding couple and guests standing on steps posing for group photos outside tudor stone building.

The Old Municipal Buildings – our terraced balcony has plenty of room for all your guests


wedding party posing for photos on steps outside stone building, with a photographer taking shots in the foreground

The Old Municipal Buildings – the steps are ideal for capturing all your guests


couple in wedding dress and suit kissing while stood on a woodland path in autumn

The Castle Hotel gardens – stunning photography location right on our doorstep. Photo – Who Is Benhjamin Photography


wedding couple holding hands in candid pose in front of small medieval cottage in grounds of museum courtyard

The Somerset Museum – another fabulous photo location just a few steps away

wedding photography by Who Is Benjamin