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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?

Half-term fun

Run around the abbey grounds

Run around the abbey grounds

Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May, 10.30am to 5.30pm

Mad inventors' club trail

Do you have what it takes to be a brilliant inventor? Join our wacky self-led family trail around the abbey grounds. From dressing up in weird wigs and lab coats to an electrifying buzzer game, mindboggling puzzles to egg and spoon races, there is a lot to do on the path to becoming an inventor.

The birthplace of photography

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.

A winning day out

Stay a while

Did you know that there is a beautiful holiday cottage in the village?