Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village



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Lacock Abbey is the former home of William Henry Fox Talbot, who invented the photographic negative process. The oldest negative in existence is of a photograph of Lacock Abbey. As well as the museum there are botanic gardens and greenhouse and a well-preserved country village. The Abbey has also been used as a film location, and can be seen in several Harry Potter films, Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, The Other Boleyn Girl, Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall and Wolfman.

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village
LACOCK, Chippenham, SN15 2LG


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Manual wheelchairs & mobile scooters available, Braille/large print & audio guides, lift if Fox Talbot Museum
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Abbey cloisters, grounds & museum open 2 Jan-12 Feb & 31 Oct-Dec 11-4; 13 Feb-30 Oct 10.30-5.30. Abbey first floor rooms 2 Jan-12 Feb & Nov, Sat-Sun 11.30-3.30; 13 Feb-30 Oct, daily 11-5; Dec Thu-Sun 11.30-3.30

About the area

Discover Wiltshire

A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.

Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.

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