From abbey to country home

A family walking through the cloister of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey is packed with history. It started as an abbey and nunnery, then became a Tudor family home. The last owners were the Talbots, a caring close-knit family that loved their home in Lacock. You might know it as the birthplace of photography.

Capturing the light

In the South Gallery is the spot where William Henry Fox Talbot took the first photographic negative and during your visit you can learn more about the man behind the camera. Talbot was a loving family father, and cared hugely for the abbey. In his study you can imagine how he spent evenings trying to come up with ideas of capturing a photograph.

Henry Fox Talbot's study
The Blue Parlour in Lacock Abbey has been dressed as Henry Talbot's Victorian study

The medieval cloister

800 years ago Lacock's nuns would have walked the floors of the atmospheric medieval cloister. You can learn about the abbey's monastic past and imagine how the nuns would have spent their days. Many films and TV productions have been filmed here, including 'Wolf Hall', 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and 'The Other Boleyn Girl'.

The 500 year old cauldron in the Warming Room at Lacock Abbey
The cauldron in the Warming Room at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

The Tudor courtyard

Lacock boasts one of the oldest brew houses in the country which, alongside the remains of the household bakery, give an intriguing insight into life in a Tudor household.

Nearby is the second-hand bookshop which raises fund for conservation projects in Lacock.

The Tudor Courtyard at Lacock Abbey
A family in the Tudor Courtyard at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

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