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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?
22 November to 4 January
Beautiful Lacock village is the the perfect backdrop for a festive day out. Walk the streets with timber-framed cottages and explore the unique shops and places to eat, and keep a look out for ten lovely Christmas trees around the village.
Go on the Christmas customs trail around the grounds of Lacock Abbey and the village, or help us make decorations for our wildlife tree this weekend.
The abbey's Great Hall and cloisters will be decorated in early December, with decorations inspired by a family Christmas story from 1845 (from 6 December, Great Hall open every weekend).
Professor Heard's Christmas magic lantern show
21 December, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm
Discover the wonderful mystery that is the magic lantern. Join us for a visual treat our great great grandparents might have enjoyed 150 years ago.
Meet Mervyn Heard, and learn about this intriguing piece of optical history, and see him use authentic slides in his Victorian magic lantern. Some of the images even move - as if by magic!
£5 adults, £3 children. Booking is essential.