Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village - National Trust

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey is a house with over 800 years of history. Founded as an abbey in 1232, it has been a home to many different characters, each of whom has put their own unique stamp on the building.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Museum

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Adult £8.70, Child £4.30, Family £22.20 Museum, Abbey rooms, cloisters and grounds - Adult £11.80, Child £5.90, Family £30.10. NT members and under fives are free.

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

Lacock is situated on the A350, halfway between Chippenham and Melksham. Follow the brown signs to the NT car park. Navigate to Hither Way.

Additional info

National Trust tea room across the road from Visitor Reception (not inside the property).
Manual wheelchairs available to borrow and one mobility scooter (to book mobility scooter in advance please phone 01225 705797.
Brail guide to Fox Talbot Museum.
Toilets on site.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Givenchy, Frank Horvat

Platinum: master prints from 31 Studio

  • 19 January — 12 July 2015 *on now

An exhibition of striking, unusual and iconic images shot by renowned photographers including Bryan Adams, David Bailey and Jacques Henri Lartigue. A collection of special platinum prints celebrating the work of master print makers ’31 Studio’

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Travel Photographer of the Year

  • 6 June — 12 July 2015

Landscape, wildlife and cultural images from around the globe captured by highly talented photographers and featuring the winning images from one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, the Travel Photographer of the Year 2014.This is an outdoor exhibition in the beautiful Tudor Courtyard.

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Lacock and Magna Carta

  • 13 June — 31 August 2015

Discover more about the Magna Carta in this exhibition featuring a 1940’s facsimile and two medieval copies of the 1225 Magna Carta. Find out about life in medieval Wiltshire in the context of the Magna Carta in a small travelling exhibition in the cloisters.

Admission

Normal admission (including abbey rooms) applies.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

A brush with genius: the art of Fox Talbot’s daughters

  • 9 September — 4 October 2015

Discover more about William Henry Fox Talbot through the paintings by his daughters. Rosamund was a talented painter of landscape and architecture whilst Ela favoured plants and flowers. Large photographic copies of a selection of their works will be on show in the Chapter house of the beautiful medieval cloisters.

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Batik flags at Lacock Abbey

Batik flags at Lacock Abbey

  • 17 — 28 September 2015

Experience the joy of standing amongst over ninety brightly coloured batik flags as masterminded by Alex and Jan of Toozalii Arts. These 8ft flags were designed by communities in Northern Japan affected by the 2011 Tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, then made by community groups in Southern England. Be surrounded by light and colour and hear them rustle in the breeze – a treat for the soul.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Girl peering through the trees

50 Things Discovery Den

  • 20 July — 29 August 2015

Build a den? Plant a seed? Catch a falling leaf? How many of the ’50 things to do before you are 11 ¾’ challenges will you complete at Lacock Abbey? If you are over 11 ¾ how many can you catch up on? All ages welcome to join in...
The den can be found in the Tudor Courtyard, with some workshops taking place in the abbey grounds.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • Especially for children

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Bee on lavender

Bee and Honey Day

  • 9 August 2015 10:30am-4pm

BEE seen at the bee and honey day at Lacock Abbey and discover fascinating facts about these essential creatures as well as sampling tasty treats. Join Melksham Bee Keepers Association for a fun day of bee-related activities, interesting demonstrations, stalls and refreshments.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Wacky inventions trail

  • 12 May — 22 June 2015 *on now
  • 1 — 30 June 2015

Come and have fun on this self-led family trail discovering strange and silly inventions around the abbey grounds.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Big eared townsend bat

Bat Watch

  • 21 July 2015 From 8:30pm

Ever seen a bat fly out of a gargoyle’s mouth? Are you one of the rare breed of people who can hear bats? Join expert Tony Brazier to learn about different species of bats and their life style, on a watch for bats living in and around Lacock Abbey.

Admission

Adults £8.00, children £4.00 booking is essential on 0844 249 1895 or via nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock (5% booking fee applies)

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Mad Inventors Club

  • 23 — 31 May 2015

Do you have what it takes to be a brilliant inventor? Join our wacky hands-on self-led family trail around the abbey grounds and find out if you can be as much of a clever clogs as Fox Talbot, who created the first photographic negative here in Lacock and changed the way we saw the world. Complete the challenges to prove your genius and win a special sticker.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Pride and Prejudice at Hagley Hall

Chapterhouse Theatre present ‘Pride and Prejudice’

  • 12 June 2015 From 7pm

Step into the world of Jane Austen with the Chapter House Theatre Company and bring friends, family and a picnic for this outdoor performance on Lacock Abbey’s South Lawn. Lacock provides the perfect setting as it featured in the BBC adaptation of the novel, starring Colin Firth so come and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story.
Please bring low backed seating or rugs.

Admission

Adult £15, Child £8, Family £40 (2A, 2C). Booking is essential on 0844 249 1895 or via nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock (5% booking fee applies).

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

The great escape - a family trail

  • 1 July — 1 October 2015

Some birds and animals from the cloisters have escaped, can you help find them? Explore the abbey grounds with your self-led trail sheet to find the lost creatures and discover fascinating facts about the folklore behind them.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Illyria presents ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

  • 30 July 2015 From 7pm

Illyria touring company put their hilarious twist on the original boy-wizard story, most famously told in Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ starring Mickey Mouse. This promises to be their most stunning show yet so come along with friends, family and a picnic and join in the fun. Gates open at 6 for picnics.
Please bring low backed seating or rugs.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £15, Child £8, Family £40 (2A, 2C), suitable for over 5s. Booking is essentia lon 0844 249 1895 or via nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock (5% booking fee applies).

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Relish Running – the Lacock 10K

  • 8 August 2015 9-11:45am

Starting by the River Avon and next to stunning Lacock Abbey, you can feel the wind streaming through your hair and experience the glorious Wiltshire countryside, on this race organised by Relish Running Races. With a 10km and a 5km there is a race for all levels of runners including a 300m for children.
Registration opens 9am, 10km & 5km start 10am, 300m start 11.30am, prize giving 11.45am. Advance registration available on relishrunningraces.com.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

10K : UK Athletics affiliated club runner £14 in advance (£16 on the day), unaffiliated £16 in advance (£18 on the day)
5K : UK Athletics affiliated club runner £9 in advance (£11 on the day), unaffiliated £10 in advance (£12 on the day)
300m : £3 in advance (£5 on the day)

Website

http://www.relishrunningraces.com

Fox Talbot Museum

Heritage Open day 2015

  • 12 September 2015 10:30am-5:30pm

Free admission on this special day! Think you know Lacock Abbey? Come and discover exciting changes made last year, in the Fox Talbot Museum and the abbey, as part of Heritage Open Day. Plus much more!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Wizard School

  • 24 October — 1 November 2015

From broom racing to spell making, do you have what it takes to be the best witch or wizard? Find out by testing your spooky skills on this self-led activity course and completing the tasks of Lacock Abbey’s wizard school.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Normal admission applies, NT members and under 5s go free

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Holiday cottage opening Lacock village

  • 7 — 11 November 2015

Peek behind the doors of Lacock’s holiday cottage, 2 High street, as we open it for you to explore. It is one of the oldest buildings in the village and has a rich and varied past. A timber framed building with intriguing architectural features and bags of character come and discover its history. The cottage is in the village, opposite the National Trust shop.

Admission

Free admission.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Getting there

Lacock is situated on the A350, halfway between Chippenham and Melksham. Follow the brown signs to the NT car park. Navigate to Hither Way.

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village - National Trust
High Street Lacock
nr Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 2LG
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

E-mail

lacockabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01249 730 459

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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