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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?

Lacock Abbey stars in ‘Wolf Hall’

We played host to the lavish BBC production of ‘Wolf Hall’ last year – travelling back in time to tell the life story of Thomas Cromwell.

Catch the BBC Two series Wednesday nights, 9pm on BBC Two, and spot us and other Trust properties used in the filming.

Spring flowers at Lacock Abbey

Discover blankets of purple throughout the abbey grounds

Discover blankets of purple throughout the abbey grounds

Come and see our beautiful spring flowers. Carpets of snowdrops cover the abbey grounds, with purple and yellow crocuses popping up everywhere too.

Don't miss


19 January to 12 July

Striking, quirky and famous images feature in this photography exhibition that celebrates the work of the master print makers '31 Studio'.

  • In the upper gallery of the Fox Talbot Museum

Time for walkies

Tak your dog out with you this winter

1 November to 31 March

During the winter season we welcome dogs and their owners for winter walks in the grounds.

Please remember to keep your furry friend on a short lead and to bring the all important doggy bags.


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