Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum
There’s something for everyone at the birthplace of photography; the medieval abbey turned family home, the museum which tells the tale of William Henry Fox Talbot’s invention, 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. At the Fox Talbot Museum you can learn more about the history of photography and the chemistry behind Talbot’s process. The museum also hosts a variety of changing photography exhibitions.
The abbey’s wooded grounds are the perfect setting for a relaxed stroll all year round; with carpets of snowdrops and crocuses in spring, fragrant roses and bright borders in summer, colourful tree tops in autumn, and crisp walks past frozen ponds in winter.
Throughout the year Lacock hosts a range of exhibitions, events, and family activities, so there is always lots to do on a visit.
There’s plenty to discover in Lacock village; quaint timber-framed cottages, the medieval tithe barn, old lock-up and village church. And if it looks familiar, that’s not surprise as Lacock is no stranger to the screen, with scenes from Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, The Hollow Crown and Harry Potter being filmed in the abbey and village.