Lacock on screen

The cauldron in the Warming Room at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

Lacock is a famous filming location and its appearances include Harry Potter, Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice. Look out for the Abbey in the latest from Warner Brothers - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Important notice

Between 25 March and 6 April parts of Lacock Abbey and the paths that directly surround the building will be affected by filming. 

What do I need to know?

The Cloisters will be closed throughout the set-up and filming from Wednesday 27 March to Wednesday 3 April.  

Access to the abbey from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 March will be via the steps at the front of the abbey building.

The abbey will then be closed from, Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April in addition to the Cloisters.

How can I double check if this will affect my visit?

If you are unsure, please ask a member of staff in our car park or at visitor reception for more details when you arrive. You can also ask us a question by emailing us at when planning your visit in advance or by calling us on 01249 730459. 


In the footsteps of stars

Lacock village is a firm favourite for film and TV producers, most notably for its picturesque streets and historic cottages, untouched by modern alterations. 

In the past Lacock Abbey has stood in as Hogwarts for two of the Harry Potter films and more recently was used in the filming of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald in 2017.

" It’s always amazing to see the abbey and village transformed during filming. There are so many different costumes and props and the attention to detail is incredible."
- Sonia Shomalzadeh, Assistant House Steward at Lacock

Harry Potter fans love Lacock Abbey, which stood in as Hogwarts for two of the films. Visits see fans challenging friends to a wizard duel, playing hide and seek in the grounds and following the filming locations leaflet to explore the area.

Lavenham, in Suffolk, has also featured in the films. Avid fans will recognise it from scenes in Godric’s Hollow. Freshwater West, six miles west of Stackpole in Pembrokeshire, was the filming location for the beach scenes with Dobby and home to Shell Cottage.

Watch out for the Whomping Willow on Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, which takes the form of a gnarled and knotted 400 year old beech tree. Visit Malfoy Manor, also known as Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Hardwick was used to film the exterior scenes of the Malfoy's home in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.