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Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot

Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location.

The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey's monastic past.

The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.

On a day out in Lacock there is plenty for you to see and do. It’s the perfect place to spend a whole day.

On your visit you can discover the history of the Abbey and newly opened rooms, take a walk in the grounds and enjoy spring bulbs, summer borders and the greenhouse.

Wander through the historic village with many great shops and places to have a meal, and don’t miss the wonderful changing exhibitions in the upper gallery of the Fox Talbot Museum.

There is also a beautiful holiday cottage, so why not stay, experience Lacock life and explore the area?

The birthplace of photography

Get to know Henry Talbot

Get to know Henry Talbot

Discover Lacock Abbey, where William Henry Fox Talbot took the very first photographic negative in 1835.

Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum and stand in the spot where history was made in the abbey, next to the famous latticed window that features in the first negative.

Spring is here!

Take a walk in the abbey grounds and enjoy beautiful spring flowers.

Look out for:

  • Daffodils
  • Wild garlic
  • Early blossom on the trees

Family fun

Wacky inventions trail 

Discover the weirdest and wackiest inventions on our new self-led family trail around the abbey grounds. 

Don't miss


19 January to 12 July

Striking, quirky and famous images feature in this photography exhibition that celebrates the work of the master print makers '31 Studio' in the upper gallery of the Fox Talbot Museum.

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