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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.

Meet the bat man

Keep an eye out for the soprano pipistrelle © JJ Kaczanow

Learn about the bats of Lacock Abbey, the work of Wiltshire Bat Group and how you can join an expert on an evening bat watch.

Summer activities for families

The grounds of Lacock Abbey are ideal for a family day in the sunshine © Arnhel de Serra

The grounds of Lacock Abbey are ideal for a family day in the sunshine

During the summer holidays there will be lots to do for families at Lacock Abbey. 

Help the mystical creatures return to the cloister on our family trail, pop into the discovery den for 50 things workshops and activities and join us for outdoor theatre.

There is plenty of space to run around, have a picnic, explore and have fun.

Summer activities for families

Be prepared for lots of laughter and plenty of water with Illyria © Illyria

Be prepared for lots of laughter and plenty of water with Illyria

During the summer holidays there will be lots to do for families at Lacock Abbey. 

Help the mystical creatures return to the cloister on our family trail, pop into the discovery den for 50 things workshops and activities and join us for outdoor theatre.

There is plenty of space to run around, have a picnic, explore and have fun.

Summer activities for families

Make some wild art this summer © National Trust

Make some wild art this summer

During the summer holidays there will be lots to do for families at Lacock Abbey. 

Help the mystical creatures return to the cloister on our family trail, pop into the discovery den for 50 things workshops and activities and join us for outdoor theatre.

There is plenty of space to run around, have a picnic, explore and have fun.

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