What to expect when you visit Lacock

The exterior of Lacock Abbey in the summer sun

Lacock Abbey is open and you no longer need to book your visit. Here’s what to expect.

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Arriving and parking at Lacock

You do not need to book for the car park, so follow signs to Hither Way car park. Please avoid parking on village streets.

Members are asked to scan their membership cards, while non-members must pay to use the car park. You can pay in cash or use the PayByPhone app.

After parking, follow the route to visitor reception.

A visitor in the shop at Tyntesfield wearing a mask

Face coverings

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas. Thank you for supporting us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

New screens at reception and mask wearing helps keep everyone safe
Two women behind perspex screens
New screens at reception and mask wearing helps keep everyone safe

Staying safe

We're following Government guidance and have lifted social distancing rules and other Covid restrictions at Lacock Abbey.

The safety of visitors, staff and volunteers remains our top priority. Face coverings are not compulsory but we recommend that you wear one in any area on your visit that is enclosed and crowded. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness.

Thanks for your support and for showing kindness and respect as we move into this next phase together.

Please follow any signposted routes around the grounds, in the Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum, as well as café and shop. 

If you're showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don't visit.

What’s open?

The Abbey, its grounds and Cloisters, the Fox Talbot Museum, toilets, second-hand bookshop, Stables cafe and High Street shop are open.

We are working hard to open as much of the Abbey as possible, but please be aware that the visitor route in the Abbey may change at short notice, and there may only be a limited number of rooms open on the day you visit. 

The greenhouse and Courtyard tea-room remain closed.

Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open by the Stables cafe (in the village) and in the Abbey courtyard. We will be cleaning these throughout the day and may need to close them temporarily.

In October and November external maintenance is being carried out on the Abbey. There may be some scaffolding at times; this will not affect visitor access.

Stay safe and enjoy your visit
An adult and two children in front of a green and white sign advising them on staying safe at Lacock.
Stay safe and enjoy your visit

Bringing a dog?

Assistance dogs are welcome across the site. 

Other dogs will be welcome in the Abbey grounds from 1 September.

There is a dog-walking area adjacent to the main car park. There are a variety of walks around the village – please see the link at the bottom of the page for our favourites.

Having a paddle in the Bide Brook in Lacock village
Children playing in the Bide Brook and a dog walker in the village Lacock in Wiltshire
Having a paddle in the Bide Brook in Lacock village


The route around the Abbey grounds is mostly accessible to buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Some paths are unsurfaced, so alternative routes are clearly signposted to help you avoid these areas if you need to.

We're sorry, but the Abbey is not accessible to wheelchairs. Please ask for details of how to book a virtual tour when you arrive.

Assistance dogs are welcome across the site.

Accessible toilets are available in the Abbey courtyard and by the Stables cafe (in the village). The toilet by the Stables cafe requires a RADAR key.

Upcoming events

Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Tue 26 Oct 2021
Explore beyond your horizon with an exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum: 100 extraordinary images showcasing the very best in astrophotography.

Pop-up Christmas shop

Fri 26 Nov 2021
Come and join us at our fabulously festive pop-up shop, filled with artisan gifts, enchanting decorations, locally sourced food and drink and much, much more.

Comet's Christmas trail

Sat 27 Nov 2021
Can you help Comet the reindeer get ready for Christmas?

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Lacock

Tue 04 Jan 2022
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Lacock on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail.