Below are just some of the things to do in Lacock, visit the Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum, stroll around the village and explore Lacock and its neighbouring villages. Browse around the shops and then just put your feet up in one of Lacock’s many fine places to eat and watch the world go by.
The Abbey built around 900 years ago is quite simply a must see, probably the finest example in the country. Steeped in history and in its own magnificent grounds with beautifully tended gardens, an orchard, rose garden and botanical greenhouse.
The house is open to the Public most of the year and has some great exhibitions and events, the staff are exceptional and put a lot of effort into making sure everybody has a great experience. The trail sheets for the little ones are a particular delight and very well received.
William Fox Talbot lived in the Abbey, a remarkable man who is fondly remembered as the pioneer of photography. The museum is dedicated in his name and the centre hosts year round photographic exhibitions.
The Tithe barn was built in the 14th Century and in all likelihood was attached to the original Abbey Wall, it has undergone sympathetic restoration but has altered little down the years. Being that most of the inhabitants in the village were tenants of the Abbey it is thought the barn was most likely used to store crops and fleeces that would be used to make payment by way of rent.
The Bide Brook leisurely meanders its way into the Avon which runs alongside the Abbey, Kingfishers make their nests high in its banks, Yellow Wagtails hop along the stones in the brook. You may well see the flash of blue down by the Brook, as resident Kingfishers blaze a trail up and down its causeway.
St Cyriacs is the beating heart of the village and remains to this day the centre of worship for the community.
Built in the 14th Century it has remained very much a focal point of the village, commemorations and monuments dedicated to local families and landowners are much in evidence throughout the church.
The Recreational Ground is very much a focal point in the village and there are two football teams with high flying Luxol St Andrews playing on Saturdays and FC Lacock on Sundays. You can find their fixtures on the events page.
In the summer months our football teams will give way to the sound of willow on ball and an ideal opportunity to put your feet up and watch the cricket team who play on Sundays.
Little ones can let off steam in Lacock’s childrens playing park which is opposite the picnic area and entrance to the Abbey.
Take a leisurely stroll around the village, admire the distinctive architectural delights and imagine what life was like hundreds of years ago. The village is much the same now as it has ever been, timber framed houses stand along side stone buildings. Time hasn’t altered Lacock, modern conveniences aside, it doesn’t take much imagination to picture a scene from centuries ago.
House sparrows build their nests in the eaves, descendants of Jackdaw families claim their chimneys or jostle for prime spots in the church spire. So many different birds, so many places to find them. Spring dawns and with it the House Martins and Swallows return to their birthplace to seek out the eaves and start their own families. Not long after the Swifts will arrive soaring and screaming above and through the village putting on their evening acrobatic air display .
Long summer evenings in Lacock feel like nowhere else.
It’s fitting that the founding father of Photography William Henry Fox Talbot made his home in Lacock Abbey and Lacock Photography is ideally situated right here in the village. They often run courses to help with your photography skills and knowledge and these can be booked through their website.
Why not take a guided walking tour with a Lacock Resident who’ll talk about life in the village past and present and guide you to places and facts that are beyond the coach tour. Lacock Tour Guide is ideally placed to enhance and enrich your visitor experience.
If you love walking then you’ll find Lacock an absolute delight, our neighbouring village above can be reached via Nethercote which is over the Bide Brook.
Reybridge is in an area of sublime countryside and for those even more intrepid walkers take a trip up Bowden Hill (over the Abbey Bridge) and it will reveal some magnificent views