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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?

What's on

Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum, and don't miss 'Capturing the light', our current exhibition in the gallery.

The Love Lacock photography exhibition in the ground shows the finalists of our recent competition, and during half-term we invite young wizards to join our wizard school trail (25 Oct-2 Nov).

Your day out

Get to know Henry Talbot © Barry Batchelor

Get to know Henry Talbot

Visit Lacock Abbey and enjoy a relaxed autumn walk in the grounds, as the garden and woodland glow in shades of red, yellow and auburn.

2014 is a special year for Lacock, as it marks 175 years since Henry Talbot announced his invention of the photographic negative. You can discover the fascinating story of his life in the museum, the grounds and the abbey.

Your day out

Take a walk to the botanic garden and greenhouse © Sue Carter

Take a walk to the botanic garden and greenhouse

Visit Lacock Abbey and enjoy a relaxed autumn walk in the grounds, as the garden and woodland glow in shades of red, yellow and auburn.

2014 is a special year for Lacock, as it marks 175 years since Henry Talbot announced his invention of the photographic negative. You can discover the fascinating story of his life in the museum, the grounds and the abbey.

Your day out

Enjoy a colourful autumn walk © Kristine Heuser

Enjoy a colourful autumn walk

Visit Lacock Abbey and enjoy a relaxed autumn walk in the grounds, as the garden and woodland glow in shades of red, yellow and auburn.

2014 is a special year for Lacock, as it marks 175 years since Henry Talbot announced his invention of the photographic negative. You can discover the fascinating story of his life in the museum, the grounds and the abbey.

Your day out

See where Henry Talbot worked and pondered the universe © Barry Batchelor

See where Henry Talbot worked and pondered the universe

Visit Lacock Abbey and enjoy a relaxed autumn walk in the grounds, as the garden and woodland glow in shades of red, yellow and auburn.

2014 is a special year for Lacock, as it marks 175 years since Henry Talbot announced his invention of the photographic negative. You can discover the fascinating story of his life in the museum, the grounds and the abbey.

Stay a while

The holiday cottage at 2 High Street is the perfect place for a longer stay. You can experience Lacock village life, visit the local pubs and shops, and explore Wiltshire, the Cotswolds and Bath.

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