Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village - National Trust

Lacock Abbey
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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

Normal admission prices apply (please see website for details). National Trust 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.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A photograph taken of Vestrahorn in Iceland, by Tim Rudman.

Iceland, an Uneasy Calm

  • 9 January — 10 July 2016 *on now

‘Iceland, an Uneasy Calm’ is a series of photographs taken in Iceland over the last eight years by Tim Rudman who is acknowledged as one of the very finest landscape photographers working today.

The photographs in the exhibition are printed in black and white and are split toned, giving the images an enhanced depth.

Tim Rudman is regarded as a master printer and his skills in the darkroom, coupled with his skills behind the camera, create images with a heightened sense and unexpected depths.

Admission

Normal admission applies. National Trust members and under 5s go free.

View of the East Terrace of Lacock Abbey near Chippenham in Wiltshire

Elements of Capability outdoor sculpture show

  • 30 April — 22 May 2016

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of landscape gardener Lancelot 'Capability' Brown with this outdoor sculpture show reflecting the central elements of his designs.

Capability's trademarks were wide open skies, rolling meadows, hills fringed by woodlands, placid reflective lakes and imposing cascades. His landscapes were punctuated by follies and animals.

The sculptures will echo this artistic vision and will be set against the backdrop of Lacock Abbey's lovely grounds.

We know Brown was at Lacock but it's not clear if any of his work remains, so these artworks will be a fitting tribute to his memory and stimulate the imagination.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply. National Trust members and under 5s go free.

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.
Portrait of Sir William Sharington, owner of Lacock Abbey in 16th century

Money, money, money

  • 6 January — 26 March 2016 *on now

Help Tudor gentleman Sir William Sharington find his lost golden coins on this self-led family trail around the grounds and cloister of Lacock Abbey and discover some fascinating facts about money, coins and history along the way.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Normal admission charges apply. National Trust members and under 5s go free.

Daffodils on a lawn in front of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire.

Spring flowers at Lacock Abbey

  • 1 February — 31 May 2016 *on now

Lacock's wooded grounds are full of wonderful flowers over the spring months and ideal for a gentle stroll.

Snowdrops, winter aconites, carpets of crocuses, daffodils and wonderful clouds of fluffy white wild garlic all make an appearance.

Please phone or look on our website to find out what is blooming in the garden when you wish to visit.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply. National Trust members and under 5s go free.

Crocus at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire in spring

Early spring walks with Lacock Abbey's head gardener

  • 10 February 2016 11:30am-12:30pm
  • 23 February 2016 11:30am-12:30pm

Lacock has some beautiful early spring flowers and a guided walk with Head Gardener Sue Carter is a great way to discover more about them.

Sue will talk about the history of the garden and you can also get some top gardening tips along the way. Sue Carter is a regular contributor on Radio Wiltshire.

Admission

Normal admission applies. National Trust members and under 5s go free. No booking required.

Timber framed cottages on the High Street in Lacock near Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Holiday cottage opening Lacock village

  • 24 — 28 February 2016

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

Lacock Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

  • 27 — 28 March 2016 10:30am-4pm

The Cadbury bunny is planning a tea party and the March wind has blown everything she needs all over Lacock's beautiful woodland grounds and cloister.

Help bunny by hunting for cups, saucers, teaspoons and perhaps also find some rabbits having a tea party. You'll also get a yummy Cadbury Chocolate Egghead reward for your hard work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.50 per trail. Plus normal admission charges (National Trust members and under 5s go free).

Message in a bottle family trail

  • 29 March — 27 May 2016
  • 6 — 28 June 2016

Raise a glass to John Ivory Talbot in this fun family trail around the abbey grounds.

John Ivory Talbot was a party-loving resident of Lacock Abbey in the 18th century.
Find the wine bottles in the grounds and solve the clues to find the party location.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 11-13
  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies. National Trust members and under 5s go free.

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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