Lacock Abbey is a quirky country house, developed over the centuries around a former 13th century nunnery, and the birthplace of modern photography. It is set in spacious wooded grounds, with plenty of space to picnic, and is now recognisable from films varying from Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter.
It was home to the Fox Talbot family. In the early 19th century, polymath William Henry Fox Talbot invented the photographic negative, a cornerstone in the rise of photography as both an art and a popular hobby.
His achievements are celebrated in the Abbey itself and in a museum of photography, which also hosts a rolling programme of photography exhibitions.
Wander through enchanting medieval cloisters, explore magnificently furnished rooms and discover the extraordinary Gothick hall.
There is a regular programme for families, with seasonal activities and trails around the grounds. With level access and winding paths it’s suitable for everyone, and beyond the Abbey grounds is a quintessential English village with independent shops to discover along its medieval streets. Pop into the Stables café for a meal or a snack before heading out on one of the walks in the surrounding countryside – it’s the perfect day out.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult - Abbey, Grounds and Museum||£15.00 per ticket|
|Child - Abbey, Grounds and Museum||£7.50 per ticket|
|Family - Abbey, Grounds and Museum||£37.50 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
|2022 (2 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
* Please call 01249 730459 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock to check exact opening times.
Village businesses operate independently.
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Braille guide, audio tape, large print guide.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Stables café and (seasonally) Courtyard café
- Picnic Site
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Approx length of visit - 3 hours
- In countryside
- Max group size - 100
- Min group size - 15
- No Smoking Attraction
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Car parking - Parking (charge for non-National Trust members, members park for free)
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- 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
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - On request
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.None
Map & 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.
Bus No. 234 to Frome stops in Lacock.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good532
- Michael CDerby, United KingdomWell worth a visitSaturday, 6th November 2021A really fascinating house One moment you are looking at a medieval abbey and then you go upstairs and find yourself in an early 20c bedroom. . The contrast is amazing. There are good displays... Read full review
- Global80690Worth a visitSunday, 19th December 2021Lovely grounds and the abbey is worth a visit. The town is very interesting and if you are into photography, check out the small museum. Read full review
- MikeyG53Emersons Green, United KingdomMidweek winter visit to former Abbey needs repeating in summerThursday, 13th January 2022For the second Wednesday in a row the weather was beautiful: with bright sunshine and a clear blue sky. Yes it was certainly cold; but that’s why we have coats, gloves, boots and beanie hats! We... Read full review