Things to see & do
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The year is 1845 and Constance Talbot, wife of Henry Talbot, is preparing a special Christmas celebration. The 'chicks', Ela, Matilda, Rosamond and Charles are excited for some of the new traditions, like having a tree, which is the latest fashion.
Find out about Ela's mystery present, dress up for charades and see our magnificent tree, decorated by local artist Sarah Edwards with the help of Lacock's volunteers, villagers and staff.
The Great Hall is open every weekend until 4 January, 12-4pm (please note that the other abbey rooms will be closed from 14 December).
Go on the Christmas customs trails and find out about the origins of many of our beloved traditions.
In the Fox Talbot Museum you can find a festive fun photo studio, so bring a camera and dress-up with our cheesy jumpers and props, and strike your best Christmas pose. The Great Hall at the abbey is open on weekends and decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas.
Don't miss our very special magic lantern shows, a visual Victorian treat (21 Dec, booking essential).
At The Stables tea-room you can tuck into our delicious winter menu or enjoy a sweet festive treat, like our mince pie cream tea.
The National Trust shop on the High Street sells beautiful gifts and cards, and 'trust' on West Street is an emporium of wonderful handmade art and crafts from the British Isles.
Join us this Christmas season for a festive day out. The village, with its timber-framed cottages and variety of shops, is just the right place to visit to get into the festive spirit. At Lacock Abbey, the Fox Talbot Museum and in the abbey grounds you can enjoy family events, trails and more festive fun. The abbey cloisters will be decorated, the birds and animals can feast on a wildlife Christmas tree and the whole place gleams in Christmas cheer.
- Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum
- Wonderful buildings dating back to the 13th century
- The famous window, where the first photographic negative was taken
- Playtime in our cloister willow structure in the grounds
- Special events, family trails and outdoor music and theatre
- A picturesque village with shops, pubs and tea-rooms on every corner
- Our delicious full menu in The Stables tea-rooms