Filming at Lacock in September 2019

The west front of Lacock Abbey catching the late evening sun

Appropriate for the birthplace of photography, Lacock is no stranger to the screen. Both the abbey and village are instantly recognisable from a variety of film and television productions, including Harry Potter, Wolf Hall, Cranford, Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice.

Filming of a period drama is taking place in Lacock during the week of 25 September 2019, during which there may be some disruption to your visit.

Filming is part of Lacock’s history and income from it supports our work caring for properties like Lacock Abbey, the village and grounds. 

Throughout the period of filming a majority of Lacock remains open as normal. Please see below for the key dates and locations that may be affected. Thank you for your support. Visitors are advised to follow the brown tourist signs off the A350 which takes you to the main visitor car park.

In the cloisters at Lacock Abbey
In the cloisters at Lacock Abbey
In the cloisters at Lacock Abbey

Wednesday 25 September

The Abbey showrooms will not be accessible due to setting up and filming in this location. The Cloister remains open on Wednesday 25 September. 

Thursday 26 September

The Abbey and Cloister will not be accessible due to setting up and filming.

Friday 27 September

The Abbey and Cloister will not be accessible due to setting up and filming.

Saturday 28 September

The Abbey showrooms will not be accessible due to setting up and filming in this location. The Cloister will reopen on Saturday 28 September.

Thinking of visiting during this time? Don't worry - the following parts of Lacock will be open throughout: 

Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum
Visitor lifting an info panel in the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock in Wiltshire
Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum

The Fox Talbot Museum

The Fox Talbot Museum opened in 1975 in a sixteenth century barn once used as stables. One of the museum's main aims is to tell the story of the birth of photography with objects and technology from the early years of photography, including the Fenton Collection, along with changing photographic exhibitions in the upstairs gallery.

Through the museum, go back in time to see Fox Talbot's mousetrap camera and discover how photography came to be. Learn about the history of photography, the chemistry behind Talbot's process and find out how two men entered into a race to claim the title 'inventor of photography'.

Houses in the village at Lacock, Wiltshire
Houses in the village at Lacock, Wiltshire
Houses in the village at Lacock, Wiltshire

Lacock village and countryside

There's lots to discover in Lacock village; quaint traditional stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock-up and the village church. The village is a firm favourite for film and TV producers, most notably for its picturesque streets and historic cottages, untouched by modern alterations. The village’s most famous appearances include 'Downton Abbey', the BBC’s 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Cranford', and the films 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Wolfman'.

Thank you for your patience.