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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?

A new look for the Fox Talbot Museum

Dive into the history of photography at the Fox Talbot Museum

Dive into the history of photography at the Fox Talbot Museum

We've installed some exciting new panels in the Fox Talbot Museum, telling you all about the history of photography from 'camera obscura' to iPhone.

Find out what led to Fox Talbot's idea of creating the photographic negative and how photography has evolved since.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Easter Sunday and Monday, 20 and 21 April

Crack up with laughter on our trail around the woodland garden and win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.

  • £1.50 per trail
  • Start in the Botanic Garden
  • Last trail given out at 4pm

Win a VIP Lacock experience

Do you love walking around Lacock? © Arnhel de Serra

Enter the Love Lacock photography competition and show us what makes Lacock a special place for you in a photograph (accompanied by a 50 word statement) for a chance to win a VIP Lacock experience.

Photography workshop

Become a great garden and plant photographer

Become a great garden and plant photographer

Have you been inspired by the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition that is currently on display in the Botanic Garden?

Why not join the competition founder Philip Smith at a special workshop and learn how to improve your own photography skills?

Better plant and garden photography, 10 May, 10am to 4pm.
£75 per person (incl. lunch). Booking is essential.

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