Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Important notice -

We are open seven days a week and you don't need to book your visit in advance.

Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Things to see and do

A lone figure silhouetted against a multi coloured skyscape

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Explore beyond your horizon with a new exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum: 100 extraordinary images showcasing the very best in astrophotography. Galaxies, aurorae and skyscapes all feature in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year, an annual competition run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Opens 10am, Sat 19 June; runs till February 2022.

Top summer walks at Lacock 

As the evenings begin to stretch out, the tranquil Wiltshire countryside around Lacock comes alive with the sound of birdsong and new colours emerging. The perfect setting for a relaxing stroll.

Things to do at home
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

History

The East Terrace of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

The foundation story of Lacock Abbey 

Ela, Countess of Sailsbury, was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages, and the founder of Lacock Abbey in the 1200s.

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Eating and shopping

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Our work

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Get involved

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Places to stay

The sitting room at 2 High Street, Lacock

Stay a while 

Why not stay a little longer and spend some nights in picturesque Lacock?

2 High Street, in the centre of Lacock village, was built in the 1400s and is one of the oldest complete houses in Lacock. Over the years it has been a home, a coffee tavern, a post office, and even a green room for the cast of Cranford.

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Art and collections

See Collections website NT 996351

Lacock Abbey by John Piper 

John Piper, official war artist during World War II, painted this impressionistic view of Lacock Abbey in March 1942.

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village on the National Trust Collections website