Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey's monastic past. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.
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  • Andrew S
    Gillingham, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out, lots to see and do.
    Wow, what an excellent place to visit, yes I am aware some of the Harry Potter was filmed there, but this is nothing compared to the the building and grounds, they are amazing. We spent a good 3 hours here, there is so much to see, the staff are so knowledgeable and happy to share that knowledge, it is well laid out so you get to see everything with ease. A good day out for all the family.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • janet j
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    Arrived early this morning and managed a stroll around the grounds before the Abbey opened, A large number of rooms opened and all your lovely staff offered explanations for your rooms, thank you all, incredible morning. But perhaps it would be a good idea not to have one of the catering staff in the kitchen by the Abbey coughing all the time, that was off putting. But a great visit all in all, thank you
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • fran1004
    Preston, United Kingdom249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit
    Excellent day out even in the rain. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, Happy to answer questions. It was lovely to look around. My son really enjoyed the photography section and the we walked around the village. If the weather had been better the grounds looked fabulous to spend time in.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Michele P
    Marrakech, Morocco479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming house and grounds
    This is the second time that I have visited Lacock Abbey this year. The old part of the Abbey is beautiful and full of history, The house although not as impressive as expected, is full of charm. There is an exhibition about Fox Talbot for those interested in the history of photography. The tea room is set in an impressive courtyard, and is a great place to relax for a while. The gardens although not extensive are lovely, and along with a walk around the village, it is certainly a worthwhile place to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Madmaidenman
    Dursley, United Kingdom246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely national trust property in beautiful surroundings
    An excellent place for the whole family to explore and the birth place of photography. The Abbey is a historic building set in beautiful grounds. Some filming for Harry Potter was done here and in the village. There is a convenient car park for visiting the site and the picturesque village, which is £4.50 for the day or free if you are a national trust member. The site is reasonably priced and well worth a visit, as is the village.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • wilfyhalo
    London, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Laycock Abbey and Village
    Laycock Abbey is a wonderful National Trust property in a delightful village. Could spend all day exploring. NT carpark on edge of village, 150 yards walk. Public carpark in village by Red Lion pub but busy in high season. Village is the location of many films and TV series requiring medieval charm. A lovely day out.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 16, 2023
  • paul d
    Bath, United Kingdom915 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great grounds
    Had a walk around the ground as am a national Trust member. It's great to see the spring flowers just starting to appear. Ground are always well maintained. Staff are always friendly and helpful. A great way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2024
  • Carol B
    Birmingham, United Kingdom6,915 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    LACOCK ABBEY
    Wednesday 31st January 2024, after visiting the Fox Talbot Mueseum of Photography, My husband and I then visited Lacock Abbey. Lacock Abbey is an amazing building with a mixture of architectural styles, its own medieval cloisters and a Tudor courtyard with a rare example of a country house brewery. It is a very fascinating place; it has also been used on film sets. The cloisters and chapter house were used in the Harry Potter film ‘The Philosophers Stone’. We also looked round the Courtyard and the Second Hand Bookshop, where I purchased a ‘Blind Date’ Book for the bargain price of one pound. We strolled round the grounds and looked at the lovely early spring flowers, at this point the wind had started to get very cold, so we decided to call it a day..
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
  • Chrisgale
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of history
    Went on National Lottery open week so free entry. Lovely walk in the village first, all sorts of films have been made there. National Trust own the village as well as the house. Very friendly staff, Abbey is very interesting. Small museum and nice grounds. Good day out
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2024
  • Jamie B
    Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great morning out, but could be improved.
    We visited pretty much first thing in the morning and were glad we did. The signposted car park (top tip, follow the brown signs from the road and not your satnav) was pretty much empty. The car park machines were all out of order and so we saw a man in a hut for a parking ticket we then just carried around with us and didn’t even show anyone on the way out. We meandered into the abbey grounds, a quick walk through the botanical garden, in which the glasshouse was closed. We checked out the brewhouse and bakehouse, ropes at the entrances meant we could only peak in, and then after a quick toilet stop decided to head round the back to check out the cloisters. Very interesting to see, albeit pretty worn down when you’re up close, I guess to be expected with the age of it. All of the rooms were roped off, and all looked in differing states of crumbling disrepair. We exited and walked back to the front to enter the house. The great hall aside, which is vast and mostly empty, the rooms are all quite small compared with other NT houses. Walking through you notice how aged everything is. Maybe I’m being picky, but the plaster in most places was cracking, the paint dull, the pictures hung on the rails with a string on a nail and not the usual finesse you get accustomed to seeing at large houses. That being said, it had a really lovely cosy feel to the place. Each room bought you a sense of what it was used for and a different feeling about the design, furniture and decor. There are a few rooms to see on the prescribed route. Of note is the window that Talbot made the first negative photograph of. As the title suggests I would say there are some improvements that would make the whole experience better. Initially there is a map of all the different movie locations which, as people who watch movies would be of interest. Either we just weren’t offered this, or there isn’t one. The portraits, there are some cards in each room indicating who these people are in the portraits, but not all of them. Again, maybe this is something you can access but we weren’t offered? The amount of rooms inaccessible in the cloisters seems a shame. The car park machines have worked at all the other NT places we’ve been to recently, so why not here? Overall we enjoyed our visit but felt we didn’t really know what we were looking at or the significance of anything, this is usually much better at other places. We had a nice, short walk through the grounds and gardens which are lovely. When we left, the car park was full and so was the village. I would say get in as it opens and then get out before the crowds!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
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kpmart
31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We are members so had no real issue with the Abbey being closed. This is well advertised. There is a one way system in place which is pretty standard with Covid but does somewhat restrict your visit as you aren't free to take your time or walk round more than once and there is less freedom. This however is the case with many properties at this time. The route was easy to follow and there are alternatives for those less able. It was very muddy and slippery in places. Unfortunately we passed what I assume was a local lady walking on the other path in the opposite direction to us who took it upon herself to call across to us and abruptly point out it was a one way system. When we looked confused, as we were in fact following the arrows, she repeated herself and told us it was because of Covid as if we'd been living under a rock for months. We politely informed her we were in fact following the arrows. She backtracked and told us not to miss the pond, but it slightly took the edge off our walk. Not really the fault of the NT but be aware that it is obviously popular with locals and 'Covid nazis'. We visited the Stables Cafe only to be met with another negative experience at the hands of Covid. After ordering and paying for food, including soup, for 5 people and specifically saying we would sit inside, we were told we weren't allowed to move an unoccupied chair to our table meaning one of us had to stand up. Not only was this humiliating but it is quite awkward to eat soup standing up! It might have been an idea to point out when ordering and saying we wanted to sit inside that the tables are only set for 2 or 4 people. I have to say though that I fail to see the logic in being unable to move a chair. Of course good old Covid was blamed but as I assume tables are sanitised between customers and our table was at the end, not blocking anyone or invading anyone's precious 2 metres I can't see why really. On the whole not a bad place to visit. The village itself is very quaint and of course if you are a Harry Potter fan it's good to spot the houses used and also walk in the cloisters at the Abbey.
Written October 29, 2020
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ebbcourt
Andwell, UK343 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I am writing this review as a result of the attitude of one of the volunteers in the main hall of the Abbey visited 1500hrs 18 Jan 2020. Whilst most volunteers by and large do a good job, sadly some take on a personna of arrogance and grandeur. The story I am about to tell aptly describes one such incident. My colleague and I had motorcycled to Lacock and first stop was the Abbey. We dutifully showed membership cards and walked across to the Abbey and entered the great hall. I politely asked if the lady guide if the Abbey was open, and was told "It is closed for the winter months", I then politely suggested "Is that for renovation work?" which I deemed to be an innocent question. The retort was "All NT properties are closed for the winter (Not true) and how would I like to have somebody with muddy shoes come in and walk around your home".My colleague and I were aghast at what she had just said, firstly we didn't have muddy shoes secondly she was factually incorrect about all properties being closed (I put her right on that issue) and thirdly she was talking down to us, which is something I abhor. I really think somebody at NT should have a quiet word with this lady about her people skills or lack of. We politely left and continued our tour of the cloisters etc, which were interesting . Finally on a positive note, the Australian lady that does the initial check of cards etc is a pure gem. Very polite fantastic sense of humour and clearly an asset to the NT
Written January 19, 2020
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Shane
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
For the price of entry it is very expensive, only three rooms open. The cloister was open but there were only two rooms you could see, I say see was they were roped off and you could enter them. My son was so looking forward to touching and having phot with the big cauldron (the one seen in the classroom in Harry Potter) but you can no longer enter.

The village which is owned by the National Trust is run down and in need of repair. Most of the old historic buildings and empty and the you can see broken windows, month eaten net curtains and a general disintegration of the interiors. It is an embarrassment especially as various visitors to our country (German and American) were visiting to see such an appalling state.

The best thing was the NT cafe, the NT tea room was closed and the small amount of shops and local sellers.

I visited a year or two ago and it was a completely different experience - more rooms open, able to go into the clositer rooms, more business open like the Carpenter Arms open.

The houses (like Professor Slughorn) didn't have chipboard gates with huge chains across, not what you wanted to see when excited child is looking forward to seeing where it was filmed. Just felt like they were saying go away.

There are two pubs, both owned by the same company and selling the same food. The George was very welcoming and accommodating where we were drinking outside with many annoying wasps and I would recommend it.

The area does have a wasp issue, not helped by the overflowing rubbish by the Cafe - I would suggest having bins that have covers or at least empty them more regular.

If you are going to visit, I would suggest not to pay the high entry fee for the Abbey as you don't see much, but stay in the village and support and explore the shops and local houses that have items for sell in baskets outside their doors with honesty boxes.

The NT really need to get those historic houses under repair and open more rooms and allow people back into the cloister rooms or the visitor footfall is going to decline and it would be so sad that the buildings were left to rot and be forgot and unloved..

You would think of all the money they get for the filming in the Abbey and village for the multiple TV and Movies they would put the money back into the village.

I am no longer a NT member as I cancelled after my recent visit.
Written August 8, 2023
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fatbear2000
Oxford, UK4,099 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We recently stayed in Lacock and took the opportunity to visit the Abbey whilst we were there. Unfortunately, the Abbey itself is not open but it is possible to have a stroll around the garden and the grounds. There are enough benches dotted around to break up the walk and admire the scenery and there are plenty of sheep and cows in the adjacent fields. Including stops, our visit to the Abbey lasted around an hour.

The highlight was a brown cat in the grounds who was focused on something in a bush, and reluctantly allowed us to pet him before getting back to concentrate on more important things.

Lacock is a very pretty village but the two main pubs in the centre have not yet opened after the lockdown. The Stables café was open so we were able to grab a couple of coffees, but a mask has to be worn to go inside and order, and there are a only a few tables outside so we had to go into the park around the corner. We did notice others had decided to sit in the garden of the closed The Red Lion Pub and left huge amounts of litter, so the following day a private property sign had been put up, and this was being respected by the visitors.

We are members of the National Trust so entry was free for us, but I would be disappointed if I had to pay £10 just to visit the outside areas of the Abbey.
Written August 1, 2020
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Darren B
Watford, UK78 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Very disappointing stop-off on our way home from a week in Somerset. I understood from the website that much was closed but as it was £25 for me and my wife and son I had at least expected a good couple of hours there. It wasn’t a good start when we arrived to find we had to pay an additional £4.50 for all day parking (the only option). We then walked around the village for 20 mins before our allotted time. It’s a lovely village and at the moment the highlight of going there (that bit is free!). The paid for tour includes an orchard (a few apple trees), a garden that doesn’t look like much is actually done to it, then a 3 - 5 minute walk through fraction of the abbey. Everything else is closed. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand having to close things or adapt to keep visitors safe, but for £29.50 for a visit that lasted minutes, we felt ripped off. It’s tough for everyone at the moment but surely, if your ‘experience’ only includes a fraction of what you can usually offer, you have to adjust your prices. Staff were friendly.
Written August 16, 2020
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The Gluten Free Wanderer
Surrey, UK354 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
One of the better signposted NT places to get to. There is a one-way system guiding you around the grounds, which are not really extensive so on a weekday we had the place very much to ourselves.
The abbey building is closed off but for the downstairs Cloister (which is the Harry Potter bit and that takes about 5 minutes to see) but we were very much done with the whole thing in an hour and that included a picnic by the pond (sitting on the wall as there are no benches).
The whole experience was somehow spoiled by the one-way signs and 'no climbing on tress' everywhere while the place was totally deserted and the abbey being closed so we'll have to come back again in happier times.
If you're not an NT member, wait until the place opens because you'd be wasting your money (the car park is expensive and so is the entry to the place).
Written September 18, 2020
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LUKE H
London16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Got charged £25 for family ticket and all you get is to walk around the outside of the abbey, no guided tour and you don't even get to see the famous harry potter arches (even though they are outside).

Here is the kicker, you can walk around the outside for free anyhow?!?! There is literally no extra value to buying tickets. Other people are just walking up and and you end up joining others who have paid nothing at all.

Now I understand we have a pandemic on, but that is no reason to take money in return for very little. It seems the only benefit you get to just walking up and walking around yourself, is use of some toilets, but there are free toilets already available in the car park.

Poor show Lacock Abbey. Won't be going back again.

Amyone thinking of visiting, I would leave it until 2022.
Written April 14, 2021
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rebeljenn
Ruislip, UK890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I visited in May 2021 just as some restrictions were lifted, but the whole abbey/house is not open yet due to ongoing covid restrictions (rooms in the cloisters and smaller rooms of abbey were off limits so you only get to see a bit of the rooms that are larger and can accommodate a one-way system). Signage everywhere which kind of spoils/clutters it. I hope to return once things are back to normal.
Written May 26, 2021
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trevor w
Portsmouth, UK46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We visited the Abbey after reading about it on the website, really disappointed after paying £15 each to visit the Abbey, when we arrived at the Abbey we were greeted with a sign saying rooms shut, so we walked around the Abbey cloisters then to the courtyard everything was closed. The Bakehouse and Ale House had ropes across the doorway, so we left and went towards the greenhouse which was also shut. So, we feel very cheated after paying £30
Written November 7, 2022
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goldie1804
Surrey, England21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We had a fantastic day out in Lacock. Due to Covid restrictions, some parts of the Abbey were closed for visitors, but we saw the photography exhibition and the downstairs part of the Abbey# which was beautiful. The village itself is so pretty and the little shops had lots of little nick naks
Written October 1, 2020
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