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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?

The birthplace of photography

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.

A journey around the world

Discover fascinating images from all over the world

Discover fascinating images from all over the world

Outdoor exhibition: Travel Photographer of the Year

Until 12 July, in the Tudor courtyard

See this collection of stunning photographs from around the world. Enjoy the winning images from this popular competition in our beautiful courtyard.

Lacock and Magna Carta

See one of the medieval documents on loan from the Wiltshire Archives

See one of the medieval documents on loan from the Wiltshire Archives

Discover the fascinating story of the 1225 Lacock Magna Carta in the abbey. Its 1940s facsimile is on display, given to Matilda Talbot by the British Museum after she gifted the original to the nation. Also on display are two later medieval copies of Magna Carta.

In the cloisters you can learn more about the history of Wiltshire and Magna Carta.

In association with Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

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