Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Lacock Village
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Lacock Village are all owned by the National Trust and are a great family day out. This real life ‘chocolate box village’ has been preserved as completely ‘untouched’ by modern life. The Abbey and its famous cloisters as well as the village have therefore been used in many film sets. Downton Abbey, Cranford, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, The Other Boleyn Girl and more recently Wolf Hall have all been filmed there.
Lacock Abbey was founded in 1229 as a nunnery but became a home for nobility in the 16th century – a time when the Catholic Church was facing suppression by Henry VIII. The Abbey saw various owners until the 19th century when it was inherited by William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the world’s first photographic negative. Now, the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock tells his story, and its place in the history of photography, as well as featuring a variety of changing photography exhibitions.
Once you have taken in Lacock Abbey and the cloisters and seen the Fox Talbot Museum, do take some time to explore the picturesque Lacock village and imagine Dame Judi Dench walking past in full costume and bonnet! There is a National Trust tea room and plenty of places to shop, eat and drink in the village. If the weather is good there are also places to picnic and some lovely walks in the area.
If you are planning to visit Lacock Abbey and Village please check the National Trust website for up to date opening times and admission prices.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for accommodation in the area - The Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is a great place from which to visit Lacock and other local attractions. After a busy day you can relax in modern comfortable rooms, and if you fancy a bite to eat, the Solstice Bar & Grill is perfect for unwinding and enjoying great quality food.