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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.

Outdoor cinema

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Friday 29 August, 9pm

You can enjoy Wes Anderson's quirky comedy against the backdrop of the beautiful abbey. Pack a picnic, and sit back and relax at our first outdoor cinema evening.

Love Lacock photo competition

Do you love walking around Lacock? © Arnhel de Serra

Enter the Love Lacock photography competition and show us what makes Lacock a special place for you in a photograph (accompanied by a 50 word statement) for a chance to win a VIP Lacock experience.

Have a wild time at Lacock Abbey

Become a natural Picasso and create some wild art

Become a natural Picasso and create some wild art

50 things discovery den, Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm

You can join us in our discovery den in the Tudor courtyard for fun workshops and activities, helping you complete some of the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4'. The den is open weekdays during the summer holidays (until 29 August).
Don't forget to pick up your activity book in visitor reception.

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