Local Area Information

Lacock Village - National Trust www.lacock village

A quintessential English village looks much like it did 200 years ago. It's oldest house is older than the thirteenth century abbey.  The village is a firm favourite for film and TV producers, most notably for its picturesque streets and historic cottages, untouched by modern alterations.  The villages most famous appearances include Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Cranford and the Harry Potter films.

Lacock Abbey - National Trust www.abbey and fox talbot museum

The Abbey was founded in the early thirteenth century.  The house was built over the old cloisters and its main rooms are on the first floor.  The house passed into the hands of the Talbot family and during the nineteenth century was the residence of  William Henry Fox Talbot who was a Victorian English scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who created the earliest surviving photographic negative in 1835, an image of one of the abbey windows. 

Longleat www.longleat

The UK's No 1 Safari Park, Longleat is home to over 500 animals, including giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers and wolves. The jungle cruise, penguin island, jungle kingdom and monkey temple are just some of the numerous attractions within Longleat to explore. Alternatively be transported back in time by visiting Longleat House and wander through the sweeping corridors and grand rooms.  Explore the stunning architecture and the Capability Brown landscaped grounds. A great day out for all the family.

Bath www.bath

Bath's stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen Novel - highlights include the iconic Royal Cresent and the majestic Circus. Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times. The waters are still a big draw, both at the ancient Roman Baths and the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa, which house the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in. 

Stonehenge - English Hertitage www.stonehenge

Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge - one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.  Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic houses to discover the tolls and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year old man.

Avebury - National Trust www.avebury

An ancient stone circle, museum and manor house, discover the world heritage site at Avebury. Explore a fascinating history dating back over 4,000 years. You can wander amoung the standing stones of the largest stone circle in the world and marvel at the human ingenuity and dedication to create the enormous bank and ditch with no more than bones and stones.

Castle Coombe www.castle combe

Castle Coombe is another quintessentially English village close to Lacock.  The village sits in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has featured regularly as a film location, most recently in The Wolf Man, Stardust and Stephen Spielberg's War Horse. It was also featured in the original Dr Doolittle film.  The Castle Coombe Circuit is close by, the home of motorsport in the West Country, welcoming fans of racing, car shows and events for the past 65 years.

Bowood House and Gardens www.bowood

Discover the rich and fascinating history of Bowood House and the Landsdowne family, set within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped Capability Brown parkland.  There is an adrenaline-fuelled adventure playground featuring a life size pirate ship and a soft play area for younger children.