For families

Explore the abbey as a family 

Explore the abbey as a family

Enjoy time as a family

Lacock is the perfect destination for a day out with your family.

It's play time

Download our play leaflet (pdf) and have an adventure in the abbey grounds, inspired by nature and Lacock's stories.

Rainy days

Raining cats and dogs? Keep dry and visit the medieval cloisters and the abbey, enjoy one of the trails and help us find all the kittens in the rooms.

Learn all about the invention of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum from our brand new museum displays.

Alternatively pop on your wellies and raincoats and explore the abbey grounds. Hear the raindrops on the leaves and see who can make the biggest splash in the puddles.

Fun events for everybody

We have a full programme of family events and activities throughout the year, from outdoor theatre to festive Christmas fun.

Go on a trail

There is always a trail on at Lacock Abbey

There is always a trail on at Lacock Abbey

Code cracking trail

1 July to 1 September

William Henry Fox Talbot was very clever and loved cracking codes.

On this self-led trail you have to find all the clues in the grounds to help you find the code word. You can pick up your trail at visitor reception.

Our family facilities checklist

  • A children's play area in the village
  • Plenty of places to play in the abbey grounds
  • Nappy-changing facilities in all our toilets
  • Hip seats for loan at the abbey (sorry no pushchairs on first floor)
  • Family trails for you to enjoy
  • Kid's lunch menu available at the Stables tea-room
  • Year-round events and activities for families
  • Wildlife spotter sheets for each season
  • Rope swing and stepping logs in the woodland garden
  • Magnifying posts in the grounds

Get outdoors

There is a new outdoor adventure around every corner at Lacock. Young explorers can get busy completing their 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ in the abbey grounds.

  • Don't miss: Our 50 things activity den with fun workshops in August (weekdays in the summer holiday)

Summer spotter

How many plants and creatures will you spot this summer at Lacock Abbey?

Pick up a summer spotter sheet in the botanic garden and find out.

Please return them when you're done, so other families can enjoy them too.

Or you can download yours today below.

Cameras at the ready

Do you love taking photographs? Bring your camera on your next visit and tell us what you love about Lacock in a picture. Enter your photographs into our exciting new competition and you could win a special VIP day and take part in a real photography exhibition.

There is a special category for young photographers in two age groups; 11 and under, and 12 to 16 years old.

Our top 10 for a fun family day out at Lacock

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

    Play hide and seek

    Play hide and seek in the abbey's woodland grounds.

  • A family enjoy a day out in the cloisters of Lacock Abbey © Arnhel de Serra

    Cast a spell

    Challenge someone to a wizard duel in the abbey cloisters.

  • Nature is fascinating close up © National Trust

    Get a closer look

    Pick up a leaf, stick or a pebble and find the magnifying posts dotted around the grounds to get a closer look at your treasures.

  • The grounds of Lacock Abbey are the perfect place to play © Arnhel de Serra

    Give a tree a hug

    See who can find the biggest tree - just give it a hug and see how far around your arms will reach.

  • There are plenty of places to play around Lacock © Arnhel de Serra

    Play pooh sticks

    Challenge each other to a game of pooh sticks on the pack horse bridge in Lacock Village.

  • The tower at Lacock Abbey is a fascinating spot for families to explore © Arnhel de Serra

    Get hands on

    Have a go at the hands-on activities dotted around the abbey.

  • Find your own den © National Trust

    Become an explorer

    Explore the abbey grounds to find our willow tunnel to play in.

  • Whilst visiting Lacock there are plenty of family trails to complete © Arnhel de Serra

    Get on the trail

    Take part in family trails both inside the abbey and around the abbey grounds, there is a new one every month.

  • Swing on a rope swing and bag one of your 50 things © National Trust

    Have a woodland adventure

    Can you find the rope swing and stepping logs in the woodland garden?

  • Keep on the grass

    Now there's a refreshing change - discover lots of places to play with our guide to family play at Lacock.

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