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Lacock Abbey – The National Trust

Lacock Abbey – The National Trust

Lacock Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative

Lacock Abbey - The National Trust
Educational visits to Lacock

Lacock is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to discuss your visit.

Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust properties.

Coach parking at Lacock

There are five coach spaces in the main visitor car park – please follow the brown signs or enter via Hither Way, Lacock. A closer drop-off point is available on request – please email us for more information. Please do not park or drop-off in the village streets.

The different parts of Lacock have different opening times throughout the year. Please check before booking that you are going to be able to see what you’d like to, or contact us if you’re not sure.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you’re planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Eating and shopping at Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey - The National Trust

The Stables café is ready to welcome you for refreshments after walking in the Abbey garden and village. Meanwhile, the High Street Shop offers a wide range of gifts and souvenirs for you to take home as a memento of your visit.

The Stables café

Stop off in the historic Stables café in Lacock village, where you can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee, a warming pot of tea or a hot chocolate.

Tempting snacks, cakes and ice-creams are always on offer to re-fuel you. This is a great location to rest with your four-legged friends and refresh after your adventures.

Allergen information

Most of the food and drink served is prepared on site in our kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free.

If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.

Always check when you visit

Visited before? We sometimes change our recipes to improve quality and flavour, including the ingredients. When you visit, please speak to one of our team to check the current allergen information for your favourite dish.

Row of cottages in the village at Lacock, Wiltshire
Shopping at Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, South West England

High Street Shop

Housed in an historic terraced cottage, the shop on the village high street stocks a wide range of gifts, books, cards, home and garden accessories, and souvenirs.

There’s also a range of locally made products, so you can take a little bit of Wiltshire home with you as a reminder of your visit.

Second-hand bookshop

The second-hand bookshop in the Abbey courtyard has a wide variety of books. Take time to browse and find yourself a classic or something of interest for the family.

Every time you buy a book here, you’ll be supporting important conservation projects at the abbey.

Lacock village shops

The four main streets that make up the village of Lacock are full of independent shops and pubs.

You’ll be sure to find a range of gifts and souvenirs to take home.

Top features


A quirky country house with monastic roots and original medieval cloister, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, photographic pioneer.


The garden at Lacock combines meandering paths through woodland and parkland with a historic Rose Garden, orchard and William Henry Fox Talbot’s Botanic Garden.

Museum and gallery

The Fox Talbot Museum explores the history of photography, and Lacock’s role within it, and hosts changing photography exhibitions.

Lacock village

A quintessential English village little changed in 200 years with streets lined with timber-framed houses and independent shops.

Stables Café

Inside and outside seating, serving drinks, light lunches and takeaway snacks and ice cream.


Lacock’s High Street shop sells gifts, food, drink and accessories, with plant sales at visitor reception. The second-hand bookshop can be found in the Abbey’s Tudor courtyard.

Tithe Barn

A 14th-century tithe barn in Lacock village.

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The National Trust Membership 

The National Trust has now launched exclusively on There has already been a positive response to the programme with swift affiliate sign ups and positive forum discussion. The Trust is a very strong, ethical brand and a charity where the customer is rewarded for their membership. 

With a glorious Summer ahead now is a fantastic time to take advantage of free access to any of the 300 historic houses, 700 miles of spectacular coastline and over 600,000 acres of beautiful countryside all cared for by The National Trust. 

As an introductory offer, The National trust is offering three free months membership! The standard rate of individual membership has been cut from £43.50 to £32.63; these reduced membership prices apply across all membership categories. The National Trust are offering £20 per membership sale with a 30 day cookie.

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