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Reviewed December 8, 2014

Very nice property in lovely setting. House retains the Victorian atmosphere possibly enhanced by the Christmas decorations that were up when we visited. The cloisters and older abbey buildings offer a window back to even older times. Good activities for children though no idea what the disco ball parasol thing by the courtyard was supposed to be? Perhaps it is more effective on a sunny day.

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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Lacock wasn’t on the to-visit list of our London trip, until we found out it’s one of the filming locations of Harry Potter! The only challenge is it’s 2 hours away from London and pretty hard to get to by public transport. It’s not close to the train station. We ended up renting a private car service (David’s Day Tours) and visited Avebury, Lacock and Bath all in one day.

We arrived Lacock on a Sunday morning in mid-August. The visitor parking lot was half full. Although we saw a couple of tour buses, the place was much less crowded than any attraction in London. We paid £8.50 per person for admission to the Abbey cloisters, Abbey grounds, Fox Talbot Museum and the Village. To visit the rooms in the upper level of the Abbey will cost £3.00 more.

Although more than 800 years old, the Abbey is pretty well preserved and doesn’t look like some ruins. There’s a medieval and tranquil feel around this place. No wonder it’s been used many times as historic backdrops in movies and TV series, such as Harry Potter, Robin Hood, Pride and Prejudice, The Other Boleyn Girl. Potter fans will recognize the Cloister and some of the ground floor rooms being used in the first two Harry Potter films as Professor Snape’s laboratory and Hogwarts’ classrooms.

There’s a Fox Talbot Museum at the Visitor Centre which talks about the history of photography and the contributions of one of Lacock’s most famous residents, William Henry Fox Talbot. We didn’t visit the Museum as we were more focused on Harry Potter.

A short walk from the Abbey is the Village with its central grid of four streets lined with old houses dating back to 18th century, some of them turned into gift shops, inns and coffee shops. One of the houses at the end of West Hill was portrayed as Horace Slughorn’s home in Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Prince. The staff at the Visitor Centre can tell you where the house is.

We spent an hour and a half exploring the Abbey and strolling along the Village streets. It’s not a big area and it’s an easy relaxing walk. We also bought some homemade baked goods and coffee from one of the shops in the Village before heading back to the car. Even if you’re not a Potter fan, I think Lacock is worth visiting for its picturesque scenery, charming architecture and history, but you should try to combine it with other places nearby to make a day trip.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

The Abbey was fascinating with the Nun's still in residence. The house was welcoming and you could just imagine the owners living there. Good for children to visit too.

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Reviewed December 5, 2014

the wiltshire landmark will become imprinted within you like an old black and white
as it emerges from the fog

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Reviewed December 2, 2014

Unfortunately went on a day that the rooms were closed but throughly enjoyed the cloisters and the cards which gave extra information regarding the various rooms.

Thank cirecaw
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