The picturesque Wiltshire countryside is as stunning as any in the country. With its smattering of pretty villages and historic sites, it's hardly surprising that the county is among the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. Holidaymakers in search of a blend of natural beauty, period architecture and rich history need look no further than Lacock, just outside Chippenham. In addition to its gorgeous 13th century Abbey, the Lacock area is also home to some of the finest hotels in Wiltshire.
Lacock Abbey lies proudly in the heart of this beautiful village. Originally built as a nunnery in the 13th Century, this magical building has undergone a number of transformations over the years.
Since being built for Ela, the Countess of Salisbury, Lacock Abbey has operated as a fort for the Royalists in the English Civil War and has been the private home of numerous wealthy families. The most famous of Lacock Abbey's residents over the years was William Henry Talbot Fox, a pioneer of photography. Alongside the property, the National Trust runs a museum dedicated to the photographer's work.
The Abbey boasts impressive disabled facilities, with parking nearby, hearing loops available and a Braille guide book.
Charming Lacock Village
It's not just the Abbey which makes Lacock worth the visit. The village itself is one of the most beautiful in the county. The pretty streets are lined with period buildings, and there are plenty of welcoming shops selling locally made products. The village high street is a lovely place to enjoy a spot of lunch during your visit to the Abbey. There's also a play area to keep the youngsters entertained while you take a break.
Hotels near Lacock Abbey
The rural setting of Lacock is an ideal place to take a relaxing holiday, and there are plenty of laid-back hotels and guesthouses in the area to complete the package.
The Pear Tree Inn, in nearby Whitley, offers an idyllic setting within a period property. Visitors looking for something larger can head into the centre of Chippenham, to the Best Western Plus Angel Hotel.