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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?
Join us for a special holiday season at Lacock this year.
Families can go on a jolly trail in the garden, and from Sunday 8 December the medieval cloisters will be decorated with 25 beautiful Christmas trees, dressed by local community groups.
Our lovely village is the perfect destination for a relaxed shopping trip away from the crowded high streets.
Come and enjoy the garden, the medieval cloisters and the Fox Talbot Museum this winter, every day from 11am to 4pm.
The first-floor abbey rooms are open on weekends only (12pm to 4pm), as we carry out important conservation work and winter cleaning.
We are closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
25 January to 9 February
After dark opening: 4-7pm
In 2014 we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the creation of the photographic negative at Lacock Abbey. We kick off this special year with stunning evening illumination of the abbey cloisters, facade and driveway.