Abbey garden

A border in Lacock Abbey’s Botanic Garden © Sue Carter

A border in Lacock Abbey’s Botanic Garden

Welcome to the abbey garden and grounds

A garden to explore and relax

Walk beneath the leafy canopy of the woodland garden and lose yourself in the colours and smells of nature. Discover paths taking you to our rose garden and the apple orchard. Walk on to enjoy views across wide Wiltshire landscapes and to find the tranquil Bide Brook stream for some peace and quiet.

A garden for all the seasons

You won’t find landscaped vistas and formal lawns here but instead a relaxed garden perfect for taking a walk all year around. Carpets of snowdrops and crocuses brighten up spring days and our heavy scented rose garden blooms in June. Enjoy colourful flower borders in the botanic garden during summer, a delight for visitors and busy bees and butterflies alike. Watch the treetops turn into shades of red and gold during autumn, and enjoy crisp walks and frozen ponds in winter.

A garden for family exploring

A new outdoor adventure is never far away in the garden of Lacock Abbey: swing on a rope swing, build a den or climb a huge ancient tree stump. Stepping on the grass is strictly allowed and the grounds are the perfect place to get up close to nature.

A garden for everyone

Follow the path leading into the woodland garden at Lacock Abbey © Sue Carter

Follow the path leading into the woodland garden at Lacock Abbey

Woodland

Enjoy magnificent trees, displays of spring bulbs and a bubbling brook.

A garden for everyone

The botanic garden greenhouse at Lacock Abbey © Sue Carter

The botanic garden greenhouse at Lacock Abbey

Botanic garden

See colourful seasonal borders, visit our greenhouse and pick up top tips.

A garden for everyone

The rose garden at Lacock Abbey in June © Sue Carter

The rose garden at Lacock Abbey in June

Rose garden

Pick up the delicious scent of the variety of roses, with the main display in June.

A garden for everyone

Visitors enjoy a walk in the apple orchard at Lacock Abbey © Arnhel de Serra

Visitors enjoy a walk in the apple orchard at Lacock Abbey

Apple orchard

Relax in our peaceful walled orchard where we grow our apples.

A garden for everyone

Lacock Abbey grounds, a view into the Tudor Courtyard © Sue Carter

Lacock Abbey grounds, a view into the Tudor Courtyard

Around the abbey

Wander past the beautifully kept lawns, interesting architecture and historical plants.

A garden for everyone

Three kids enjoy the grounds of one of our properties. © NTPL

Three kids enjoy the grounds of one of our properties.

A place to play

Can you find our willow tunnel, rope swing and the best spot to build a den?

Say hello

Volunteer gardener deadheading roses at Hidcote in September

Our head gardener Sue and her team work hard all year round to maintain, grow and plant the garden and grounds of Lacock Abbey. Visit the summer house in the botanic garden to find information on plants and updates on their work.

Bring your pooch

Discover the garden with your four legged friend

Discover the garden with your four legged friend

Come and enjoy a nice walk with your furry best friend in the abbey garden. Dogs are welcome in the grounds during the winter season (November until 31 March).

When you bring your dog to Lacock please keep him or her on a lead and bring some doggy bags to clean up after them.

Come rain or shine

Capturing the Light

A spinning 'Light Umbrella' throwing shadows and rainbows across the garden and an 'Optical Tree' laden with mirrors and glass balls designed to reflect light and turn the world upside down.

These are just two of the new outdoor artworks for you to discover during a visit to the abbey. The collection is called 'Capturing the Light', a playful and interactive installation placed around the abbey grounds.

The artists' challenge

We challenged three artists to come up with a variety of work to tell the story of Fox Talbot, who invented the photographic negative here in Lacock in 1835. Fox Talbot's experiments with photography, described in his own words as 'capturing the light' make for a great theme for a project like this.

The three artists, Andy Hazell, Lisa Pettibone and the collective Eccleston George have embraced the theme and created some fantastically fun pieces that not only link to Talbot's story but take you on a wonderful tour around the garden.

The installations

 © Karen Bolger

Turn Andy Hazell's 'Light Umbrella' and watch the canopy, jewelled with mirrors and prisms, create a scattering of rainbows and shadows as it catches the light.

The installations

 © Karen Bolger

Let mirrors, glass globes and prisms play with your senses, get up close and let the world turn upside down when you look at the 'Optical Tree' by artist Lisa Pettibone.

The installations

 © Karen Bolger

Pick up a leaf, stick or other small object and place it under one of our magnifying posts, dotted around the garden and decorated with wonderful wildlife pyrography pictures.

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