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Visiting Lacock Village and Abbey

Medieval Abbey & Village Mid Way Between Stonehenge and Bath

Lacock Village Typical Street Scene

Lacock Village Typical Street Scene


The medieval wool village of Lacock is situated in delightful English countryside less than 30 minutes drive from Bath and 50 minutes from Stonehenge. Close by Lacock is Castle Coombe, a very different village to Lacock but well worth the brief detour.


By a combination of events Lacock Village and the adjacent Abbey has been under the ownership of the National Trust for some time now.

Make no mistake, Lacock is a living, breathing village, not a museum piece. The National Trust rents out all the houses, even the pubs to private tenants.


The caveat is that the National Trust maintain the village and buildings as they were several hundred years ago.

Whilst modern inside, the buildings from the outside look pretty much the same as centuries ago at the the heyday of Lacock.


Lacock Abbey is one of the few abbeys in England left intact, most being destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII. Lacock Abbey has attracted renewed interest in recent years as it was used as a film location for Harry Potter films.

Lacock Abbey

We have a dedicated page looking at the Abbey and providing a realistic picture of what to expect when visiting.

The Abbey is set in large park like grounds with sheep and cattle grazing. The Abbey is immediately adjacent to Lacock Village.


Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey is owned by the National Trust. There is a photography museum, gardens and tours of the house as well as the cloisters area where the Harry Potter filming was performed.

More details on Lacock Abbey


Lacock Village

Lacock is a living breathing village with school, pubs, post office etc. but is owned by the National Trust who rent out the properties.

The National Trust maintain the properties most of which date back to medieval times when Lacock was a thriving wool village. No street lights, aerials etc. will you find here.

More details on Lacock Village

Visiting Lacock

Lacock is slightly off the beaten tourist track and all the better for it. For much of the year, you'll only have a few visitors in the village for company.

At weekends and good summer days its the kind of place where locals will come to get away from the house and have a leisurely bite to eat. It can get quite crowded at these times.

Lacock is also in a nice position between Bath and Stonehenge via a more scenic route than the direct trunk road.


Lacock By Public Transport

Lacock is in not one of the most populated areas in Southern England. As such, getting there by public transport is not ideal but doable if time consuming.

The public transport lifeline to Lacock is the 234 bus that runs to Lacock from Chippenham, the journey time is about 15 minutes. The bus stop in the village is by the George Inn, (see image right).

Frequencies are broadly hourly, Monday to Saturday only.


Chippenham Railway Station has fast links to London Paddington. Trains are one or two an hour taking about 75 minutes.

In the opposite direction the trains go onto Bath about 15 minutes away.

There are also local buses operating between Chippenham and Bath.

National Express run cheaper coaches to and from London from Chippenham but these take around 3 hours. Like the trains these coaches go to and originate from Bath, 30 minutes away.


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Lacock By Day Tour From London

At the moment, part of the charm of Lacock is that it is not overrun by tour bus crowds. There are no large coach tours that come to Lacock on a daily basis.


International Friends Small Group Tour Bus

International Friends Lacock Tour Bus

Tours are available but there are severe limitations. None of the scheduled tour operators will stay at Lacock longer than an hour, if your main aim is to visit Lacock Abbey, perhaps inspired by its use as a Harry Potter film location you will not have time to do this.


Tours at the moment either give you free time to walk around the village or are focused as a pub lunch stop at the George Inn.

Except for Premium Tours tour that visits Lacock as a pub stop after a special access visit to Stonehenge, 16 seat small minibuses will be used.


Mad Max Tours run a regular day tour starting at Bath that visits Stonehenge and Castle Coombe as well as Lacock.


International Friends run a minibus tour that runs at least once weekly from London that visits Lacock, Bath and Stonehenge.

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