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Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot

Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location.

The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey's monastic past.

The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.

On a day out in Lacock there is plenty for you to see and do. It’s the perfect place to spend a whole day.

On your visit you can discover the history of the Abbey and newly opened rooms, take a walk in the grounds and enjoy spring bulbs, summer borders and the greenhouse.

Wander through the historic village with many great shops and places to have a meal, and don’t miss the wonderful changing exhibitions in the upper gallery of the Fox Talbot Museum.

There is also a beautiful holiday cottage, so why not stay, experience Lacock life and explore the area?

Welcome to the birthplace of photography

Get to know Henry Talbot

Get to know Henry Talbot

Discover Lacock Abbey, where William Henry Fox Talbot took the very first photographic negative in 1835.

Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum and stand in the spot where history was made in the abbey, next to the famous latticed window that features in the first negative.

Outdoor cinema

Join us for an outdoor cinema experience under the stars. 

On 4 September you can enjoy the cinematic classic 'Casablanca' and on 5 September we will show this year's award-winning drama 'The Theory of Everything'.

Films start at 8.30pm (gates open 7.30pm for picnics). £10 per ticket, booking essential.

Panasonic roadshow

Meet the Panasonic expert at the birthplace of photography © National Trust/Martin Murray

Meet the Panasonic expert at the birthplace of photography

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September

Meet photography experts from Pansonic and get hands-on with the latest cameras, as the exciting Panasonic roadshow arrives at Britain's birthplace of photography - the home of William Henry Fox Talbot.

Batik flags on the South Lawn

Walk among the tall flags and surround yourself with colour © Alex Grant

Walk among the tall flags and surround yourself with colour

17 to 28 September

Enjoy 90 bright, colourful flags, standing 8ft tall on the South Lawn in an enticing and mesmerising display.

The flags were designed by the survivors of the 2011 tsunami in Japan and created by community art groups in the South West.

Bat watch for families

See hundreds of bats at the abbey © National Trust Images/Bat Conservation Trust/Hugh Clark

See hundreds of bats at the abbey

11 September, 7pm

Join bat expert Tony Brazier at Lacock Abbey and learn more about the bats that live there. This bat watch starts earlier and is suitable for families.

  • Booking is essential.
  • £8 adults, £4 children.

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