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May 24, 2018 — Lacock and Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey is where they filmed some of the Harry Potter series so our granddaughters would never forgive us if we didn't post photos.


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Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

This is our last vacation day so we wanted an easy one. Spent a leisurely rainy morning, checked email and finally drove in to the National Trust parking lot in Lacock when the rain let up. We walked to the Lacock Abbey entrance and entered the Fox-Talbot Photography Museum thoroughly enjoying both information and exhibits. I really expected to see my childhood Brownie camera on exhibit but it wasn’t there. So sad . . . The other cameras were fascinating though. Photography has really changed in the last couple decades.

The Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey

The Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre,<br />French inventor of the Daguerreotype

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre,
French inventor of the Daguerreotype

Fox Talbot Photography Museum at Lacock Abbey

Fox Talbot Photography Museum at Lacock Abbey

Photo Postcards - the 19th century Facebook

Photo Postcards - the 19th century Facebook

Cuneiform tablet at the Fox Talbot Museum

Cuneiform tablet at the Fox Talbot Museum

Lacock Abbey and grazing sheep

Lacock Abbey and grazing sheep


The Abbey opened at 11:00 so we walked over taking pictures of all the cute sheep and their lambs in the surrounding field. At some point there was a very loud “baa baa” and all the sheep started moving toward and then around the Abbey . . . all of them baaing by then. It was funny, a visible cliché.

Lacock Abbey has been used in many movies, most notably the Harry Potter series. After Henry VIII dissolved the Abbeys, Lacock became a private home so there are ancient parts and many changes. It was all interesting. Unfortunately we haven't seen any of the Harry Potter films so didn't know what was in them and what was not, but our granddaughters loved Harry Potter so we took lots of pictures.

Following like sheep . . . Lacock Abbey

Following like sheep . . . Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

Sharington's Tower built from the original stones of the abbey

Sharington's Tower built from the original stones of the abbey

Cloister at Lacock Abbey

Cloister at Lacock Abbey

Cloister Walk - Lacock Abbey

Cloister Walk - Lacock Abbey

Harry Potter Information at Lacock Abbey

Harry Potter Information at Lacock Abbey

Window and Book Cupboard at Lacock Abbey

Window and Book Cupboard at Lacock Abbey

The Warming Room at Lacock Abbey

The Warming Room at Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey - Interior

Lacock Abbey - Interior

Lacock Abbey - Interior

Lacock Abbey - Interior

The South Gallery in Lacock Abbey

The South Gallery in Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey - House Interior

Lacock Abbey - House Interior

Lacock Abbey - Interior

Lacock Abbey - Interior

The Great Hall - Lacock Abbey

The Great Hall - Lacock Abbey

Statues in the Great Hall - Lacock Abbey

Statues in the Great Hall - Lacock Abbey

The George Inn - Lacock

The George Inn - Lacock


We left the Abbey looking for lunch and ended up back at the George Inn where we had eaten the day we arrived in Lacock. This time both of us got the confit duck I had liked so well before. It was equally good today and since we were later, the place was packed. Oddly, we got the same seat we had on the previous visit. It was waiting for us.

Riding through Lacock

Riding through Lacock

The George Inn with the dog wheel on the fireplace side

The George Inn with the dog wheel on the fireplace side

St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock

St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock


We left The George Inn and while walking back to the Abbey discovered St. Cyriac's Church so stopped for a short visit. We were surprised to see colorful balloons tucked under pews and into odd corners all over the church. It was quite festive but we have no idea why they were there. Can balloons invade a church?

Balloons hiding in St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock

Balloons hiding in St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock

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St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock

St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock

Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass Windows

St. Cyriac's Church and I see another pink balloon

St. Cyriac's Church and I see another pink balloon

St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock

St. Cyriac's Church - Lacock

Wiltshire Crafts

Wiltshire Crafts


After the church, we continued through Lacock back to the Abbey to explore the gardens and were soon joined by a cute grey cat with white paws who followed us through the gardens. I dubbed her Abby since she was an Abbey cat. We wandered the garden until the rain started again. We walked back, got the car and drove home for a dry, quiet evening going through souvenirs and sorting out junk to be ready to pack for the trip home. We've really enjoyed Lacock. It's kind of timeless and very friendly.

Local Accommodation and the Local Bakery in Lacock Village

Local Accommodation and the Local Bakery in Lacock Village

Pup in the window - Lacock

Pup in the window - Lacock

The Red Lion Inn - Lacock

The Red Lion Inn - Lacock

Lacock Abbey with sheep

Lacock Abbey with sheep

Herb Garden beside the Greenhouse - Lacock Abbey Botanic Gardens

Herb Garden beside the Greenhouse - Lacock Abbey Botanic Gardens

In the Greenhouse - Lacock Abbey

In the Greenhouse - Lacock Abbey

Inside the Greenhouse - Lacock Abbey

Inside the Greenhouse - Lacock Abbey

Abby, the Abbey cat who followed us through the Gardens

Abby, the Abbey cat who followed us through the Gardens

The Rose Garden and Abby, the Abbey Cat

The Rose Garden and Abby, the Abbey Cat

Apple Blossom at Lacock Abbey

Apple Blossom at Lacock Abbey

St. Cyriac's Church from the Lacock Abbey Gardens

St. Cyriac's Church from the Lacock Abbey Gardens

Spire View, our home in Lacock

Spire View, our home in Lacock

Posted by Beausoleil 15:44 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged animals sheep abbeys uk harry_potter lacock

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I'm so pleased you made it to the abbey and photography museum - the latter a must for any keen photographer! I haven't been since before the Harry Potter phenomenon and didn't know the films (which I haven't seen) were filmed there.

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