The picturesque village of Lacock is like something out of a fairytale. Perfectly preserved and lovingly lived in, you could be fooled in to believing that you have stepped on to a film set. Unsurprisingly, many productions have chosen film here on location, including Harry Potter, The Other Boleyn Girl and Downton Abbey. It’s unspoilt streets and well-maintained homes do make for a wonderful backdrop to any story.
A typical English village, here at Lacock you will find a pub, a local convenience store, a bakery and a church. There are also a number of small shops selling unique crafts and gifts, tea rooms and Bed & Breakfasts, just enough to satisfy the need of visitors without disturbing the atmosphere. A number of listed structures, such as the 14th-century tithe barn, are hiding in plain sight. All-in-all, it is the perfect balance of past and present.
The jewel in the crown has to be the fabulous Lacock Abbey. Now a National Trust site, the Abbey has a rich history dating back to the 1200s, and this continues to be respectfully preserved whilst allowing visitors to explore the iconic cloisters and walk the magnificent grounds. At certain times of the year, the Abbey opens it’s doors to different areas, displaying unique exhibits and celebrating holidays. We love to visit during the Christmas period to see the local community’s Christmas Tree exhibition in the cloisters, and admire the perfectly decorated fireplace in the Great Hall.
Situated just 3 miles from Chippenham (Wiltshire) and 14 miles from the historic city of Bath, this rural village is only a short drive away if you’re visiting the area. The main visitor car park is on the edge of this small village, and there is plenty of space. This is usually pay and display, or free with a National Trust membership card, however please check the website for the most up to date information.
Admittedly, it’s been a few months since our last visit thanks to travel restrictions, but the wider estate is still open to locals, with visits from further afar just on the horizon!
Lacock Abbey, Gardens & Cloisters
Christmas at Lacock Abbey
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