The village of Lacock is located near Chippenham on the edge of the Cotswolds and about twenty minutes from Bath.
Ideally suited for a 'day' tour from Southampton. Even the route provides a pretty and stressfree journey through the English countryside. Avoiding the motorway and high speed roads, travelling via Salisbury, we arrive at Lacock about an hour and a half from the port.
In its 800 years of history, Lacock has been been many things; an Augustinian abbey, the home of a Tudor rogue, a Gothic ruin, the birthplace of photography, a location for a whole host of film and television productions, and a thriving community that exists to this day.
There is so much to see at Lacock; the medieval abbey turned family home, the history of photography and changing contemporary exhibitions, and the historic village with a modern way of life.
Lacock Abbey was originally founded in 1232 and for over 300 hundred years functioned as a nunnery with up to around 25 nuns.
The fine medieval cloisters, sacristy, chapter house and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact.
Filming at Lacock village and abbey. Most famous appearances include 'Downton Abbey', the BBC's 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Cranford', and the films 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Wolfman'.