As part of my day out to series I ventured to Lacock Abbey. The Abbey has an 800 year history. A building that started life as a medieval nunnery before becoming a home for the Talbot family. William Henry Fox Talbot invented photography. He captured the worlds first photographic negative. This meant for the very first time an image could be fixed on paper and reproduced several times. To celebrate this pioneering invention there a is museum next door to the Abbey dedicated to Talbot's work.
The Abbey, gardens and village are so pretty, untouched, and picturesque, it is of no surprise it has featured in many films and television dramas. As you enter the middle grounds of the Abbey, you instantly recognise the courtyard scenes in the Harry Potter films. The Abbey was used for Professor Snape's classroom, Harry's first broomstick lesson and in the scene where Harry first saw his mother & father in the Mirror of Erised.
Harry Potter is not the only production to film here. Period dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (1995), Cranford, Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall have all filmed scenes here.
Be sure to take a stroll around the gardens. It features all the summer flowers in bloom. Take a visit to the nearby orchard and the eighteenth century rockworks.
The surrounding village compromises of a historic church, little craft & pottery shops. A tearoom and a pub, The Red Lion Inn which featured in Cranford.
Lacock Abbey is a lovely place. Peaceful, tranquil and full of history. Standard tickets price are £12.70 for adults and £6.30 for children. Visit the National Trust website for more details here.