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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?

Your day out

The Great Hall is steeped in history © Arnhel de Serra

The Great Hall is steeped in history

There is so much to do at Lacock, you can easily spend a whole day here. Discover 800 years of history, from the abbey's beginning as a nunnery to how it became a cosy Victorian family home. During your visit you could wander through peaceful gardens, explore our collection in the furnished abbey rooms, see beautiful cloisters or enjoy the new exhibition and displays in the Fox Talbot Museum.

Your day out

Take a walk to the botanic garden and greenhouse, packed full of colour © Sue Carter

Take a walk to the botanic garden and greenhouse, packed full of colour

There is so much to do at Lacock, you can easily spend a whole day here. Discover 800 years of history, from the abbey's beginning as a nunnery to how it became a cosy Victorian family home. During your visit you could wander through peaceful gardens, explore our collection in the furnished abbey rooms, see beautiful cloisters or enjoy the new exhibition and displays in the Fox Talbot Museum.

Your day out

Dive into the history of photography at the Fox Talbot Museum © Kristine Heuser

Dive into the history of photography at the Fox Talbot Museum

There is so much to do at Lacock, you can easily spend a whole day here. Discover 800 years of history, from the abbey's beginning as a nunnery to how it became a cosy Victorian family home. During your visit you could wander through peaceful gardens, explore our collection in the furnished abbey rooms, see beautiful cloisters or enjoy the new exhibition and displays in the Fox Talbot Museum.

Late summer bloom

There are lots of colourful flowers blooming in the abbey garden at the moment.

Flowers you can see include:

  • Red hot pokers
  • Dahlias
  • Asters
  • Hydrangeas
  • Amaryllis belladonna
  • September charm (Japanese anemone)

Photography exhibition

Dress up as a Victorian

Capturing the light

Upper gallery, Fox Talbot Museum

Our current exhibition in the gallery shows a fascinating range of objects from the earliest years of photography. Focusing on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, with photographs, cameras and equipment from private collections across the country.

You can also dress up in our Victorian photographer's studio and imagine having your photograph taken for the very first time.

Family days out

Outdoor explorers can have their own adventure in the woodland

Outdoor explorers can have their own adventure in the woodland

There is always something for you to do as a family. The current trail in the grounds takes you on a journey around Europe, as you discover postcards written by the Talbots, and special suitcases.

In the woodland you can have an outdoor adventure, rope swing, stepping logs and sticks for den building included. Look through the play telescopes and you might be surprised about what you'll see.

In the abbey you have to find all the little mice on their mousetrap cameras.

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