800 years of history
Lacock Abbey is packed with history. It started as an abbey and nunnery, then turned into a Tudor family home. The last owners were the Talbots, a caring close-knit family that loved their home in Lacock. You might know it as the birthplace of photography.
Capturing the light
Visit the South Gallery to stand in the spot where William Henry Fox Talbot took the first photographic negative. During your visit you can discover the man behind the camera. Talbot was a loving family father, and cared hugely for the abbey. Walk into his study and imagine how he spent evenings trying to come up with ideas of capturing a photograph.
Discover the cloisters
Step into the atmospheric medieval cloisters and walk back in time. Imagine how the nuns would have spent their days here 800 years ago and pick up one of our new information maps to learn about Lacock Abbey’s monastic past.
Get to know Lacock Abbey
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Visit our second-hand bookshop in the Tudor courtyard and find a variety of books.
Every time you buy a book here you support important conservation projects at the abbey. The money we raised last year made it possible for us to restore two of our rare harps.
The bookshop is run by our volunteers, we try our best to open it every day - but cannot guarantee it.