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

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.

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.
Braille guide to Fox Talbot Museum.
Toilets on site.

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

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.

The great escape - a family trail

  • 1 July — 1 October 2015 *on now

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

The Lacock outdoor cinema experience: The Theory of Everything

  • 5 — 6 September 2015 8:30-10:30pm

Come and enjoy this wonderful outdoor cinematic experience and soak up the atmosphere in the beautiful grounds of Lacock Abbey. Bring family, friends, low backed chairs or rugs and a picnic and relax.The film tells the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, rating 12.

Friday 4th September 8.30pm All tickets £10 (over 12s only) Booking is essential on 08442491895 (5% booking fee applies) For more information call 01249730459 or visit nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

All tickets £10
Booking essential on 0844 249 1895 (5% booking fee applies)

Website

http://nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum

  • 12 September 2015

Think you know Lacock Abbey? Come and see some of the changes we have made on this year's Heritage Open Day, which gives free admission on this special day. Discover exciting new interpretation in the abbey and Fox Talbot Museum, which tells the world-changing story of the invention of photographys by W.H. Fox Talbot at Lacock Abbey.

Explore the beautiful garden, filled with late summer flowers, wander around the medieval cloisters and discover almost 800 years of history. The museum gallery shows an exhibition of contemporary photography by artist Fran Forman and in the cloisters you can see large facsimiles of Victorian watercolours painted by the Talbot daughters.

Families can find the outdoor play area, with stepping logs, rope swing and play telescopes, as well as the willow cloisters to play in. A self-led family trail will also be available in the abbey grounds.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/lacock-abbey-and-fox-talbot-museum

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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