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Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot
Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location.
The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey's monastic past.
The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.
On a day out in Lacock there is plenty for you to see and do. It’s the perfect place to spend a whole day.
On your visit you can discover the history of the Abbey and newly opened rooms, take a walk in the grounds and enjoy spring bulbs, summer borders and the greenhouse.
Wander through the historic village with many great shops and places to have a meal, and don’t miss the wonderful changing exhibitions in the upper gallery of the Fox Talbot Museum.
There is also a beautiful holiday cottage, so why not stay, experience Lacock life and explore the area?
Discover Lacock Abbey, where William Henry Fox Talbot took the very first photographic negative in 1835.
Learn about the history of photography in the Fox Talbot Museum and stand in the spot where history was made in the abbey, next to the famous latticed window that features in the first negative.
Join us for an outdoor cinema experience under the stars.
Films start at 8.30pm (gates open 7.30pm for picnics). £10 per ticket, booking essential.
Batik flags on the South Lawn
17 to 28 September
Enjoy 90 bright, colourful flags, standing 8ft tall on the South Lawn in an enticing and mesmerising display.
The flags were designed by the survivors of the 2011 tsunami in Japan and created by community art groups in the South West.
Bat watch for families
11 September, 7pm
Join bat expert Tony Brazier at Lacock Abbey and learn more about the bats that live there. This bat watch starts earlier and is suitable for families.
- Booking is essential
- £8 adults, £4 children