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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?

Lacock stars in Downton Abbey

The streets of Lacock became a livestock market © Carnival Film & Television Ltd

Downton Abbey is back on our screens and the Wiltshire village of Lacock stars for the first time in the beloved ITV drama.

Discover Lacock

There is lots to see and do at Lacock, from taking a stroll around the village and spotting filming locations to enjoying a moment of peace and quiet in the abbey cloister.

Visit the Fox Talbot Museum to find out about the birth of photography, walk through the grounds to enjoy autumn colour and discover the furnished rooms of Lacock Abbey, a countryhouse filled with family heirlooms.

Take a look behind the scenes