Lacock Abbey

A summer day at Lacock Abbey © Arnhel de Serra

A summer day at Lacock Abbey

800 years of history

Lacock Abbey is packed with history. It was once a nunnery, then turned into a Victorian family home. You might know it as the birthplace of photography and it was also home to a Tudor crook. Come and see what you can discover.

Discover the cloisters

Step into the atmospheric medieval cloisters and step back in time. Imagine how the nuns would have lived here 800 years ago and pick up one of our new information maps to learn about Lacock Abbey’s monastic past.

Capturing the light

Visit the South Gallery to stand in the spot where William Henry Fox Talbot took the first photographic negative.

Caring for a special place

During the winter months we carry out essential winter cleaning and conservation at the abbey. This is a very important part of our yearly routine.

On your visit you might see some of these activities and can enjoy a rare glimpse of behind-the-scenes action. We are also redressing some of our rooms. Do come back in spring, when we re-open the abbey fully for our summer season, and discover new stories.

Get to know Lacock Abbey

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Book treats

You’ll find a variety of titles in our second hand bookshop

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 this year made it possible for us to restore two of our old harps this autumn.

The bookshop is run by our volunteers, we try our best to open it every day - but cannot guarantee it.

We're open

There is plenty to discover behind the doors of Lacock Abbey

There is plenty to discover behind the doors of Lacock Abbey

Come and enjoy the abbey all year round.

During spring and summer, we are open every day, except Tuesdays (from 15 February).

During the winter months (November to February) we carry out important conservation work and winter cleaning, and there are usually restricted opening hours during this time.

If you have any questions, please ring 01249 730459.

Look out for

Visitors play the piano in the south gallery at Lacock Abbey © Arnhel de Serra

Tickle the ivories

Piano players can take a seat and play a tune in the abbey's south gallery.

Look out for

The Talbot family named their beloved rocking horse ’Firefoot’ © Andreas von Einsiedel

Find Firefoot

Can you find Firefoot, the family rocking horse?

Look out for

A 16th century pestle and mortar with Sharington scorpion inscription. © Andreas von Einsiedel

Something old

Search out the 16th-century pestle and mortar with its scorpion engraving.

Take a rummage in our cupboards

Peeking behind our doors couldn't be easier with the online collection data

Peeking behind our doors couldn't be easier with the online collection data

Discover more about the Lacock Abbey collection through the National Trust's collection database. There are lots of interesting things to see.