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Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum

High Street, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2LG
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Tel01249 730459

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About

There’s something for everyone at Britain’s birthplace of photographer; the medieval abbey turned family home, the museum which tells the history of the photography, and the quintessential English village famous from TV and film.

The abbey was founded in the thirteenth century and dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1539. The convent became a country house as the Sharington and Talbot families made it their home, although the medieval cloisters exist today as testament to the house’s monastic past.

In 1835, William Henry Fox Talbot invented the world’s first photographic negative at the abbey. Now the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock tells his story as well as hosting a variety of changing photography exhibitions.

The abbey’s wooded grounds are the perfect destination for taking a relaxed walk all year round; with carpets of snowdrops and crocuses in spring, fragrant rose and bright borders in summer, colourful tree tops in autumn, and crisp walks past frozen ponds in winter.

Throughout the year, a range of exhibitions, events, and family activities and trails means there’s always something new to do.

There’s also lots to discover in Lacock village; quaint cottages, the medieval tithe barn, old lock-up, village church and a variety of local shops.

Lacock is no stranger to the screen, with scenes from productions including ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Cranford’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Wolf Hall’, ‘The Hollow Crown’ and ‘Harry Potter’ being filmed in the abbey and village.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Abbey, Grounds and Museum - Adult£14.00 per ticket
Child - Abbey, Grounds and Museum - Child£7.00 per ticket
Family - Abbey, Grounds and Museum - Family£35.40 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is M4. Follow signs to Chippenham, take A350 south of Chippenham. Lacock approximately 2 miles south, signposted off to left.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Chippenham station. Taxi or Bus No. 234 to Frome stops in Lacock.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Braille guide, audio tape, large print guide.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 3 hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.None
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 15
  • Special group rates - On request
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Danish printed material
  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - On request
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

2019 (2 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Please call 01249 730459 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock to check exact opening times.
Village businesses operate independently.

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Recent Reviews:

  • JimD2012
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A visit to Lacock village and Abbey
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th March 2019
    Well worth a visit to this stunning village that if not for the modern cars is a real step back in time. A few hours stroll around the village is a must. Whilst there walk around the Abbey and... Read full review
  • Burdocks
    Andover, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Why haven't we been here before?
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th March 2019
    I recently watched a BBC Four Documentary called, Britain in Focus: A Photographic History. It started with the story of Fox Talbot and how he took the first photograph in Britain whilst living at... Read full review
  • hisperica
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Sad!!!
    1 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th March 2019
    Rooms closed due to lack of volunteers. Room stewards in open rooms informative , funny and charming. National Trust staff almost comically rude. Not entirely sure what gives. Possibly the powers... Read full review

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