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Finding Hogwarts at Lacock Abbey

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September 6, 2020

Harry Potter is a huge deal in our house and now that we are able to travel a little farther afield, I was keen to take the kids to see some of the filming locations.

Lacock Abbey is set in Wiltshire and is famously the birthplace of photography in the UK.

Lacock Abbey

Like other National Trust properties, you need to book your timed slot via eventbrite, which is free of charge for members.

Lacock Abbey

That fact did not interest the kids, they were more excited to learn that the interior of the Abbey was used as the the hallways and classrooms of Hogwarts School for a significant number of scenes in the first two Harry Potter films.

Eliza Lacock Abbey

More recently, it has also been used in the Fantastic Beasts film: The Crimes of Grindelwald. 

Lacock Abbey

Thankfully, I remembered their Hogwarts cloaks, although I think Isaac would have suited Slytherin more!!

Lacock Abbey

Don’t worry if you are not Potter fans, it has also been used in period drama’s such as Wolf Hall and Downton Abbey.

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey and its grounds are stunning and the perfect place to let the kids run off steam.

Lacock Abbey

Once you have finished exploring the Abbey and its grounds, the village of Lacock is just a short stroll away.

Lacock Abbey

With quaint traditional stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock-up and the village church there is a lot to admire, much of which has also been used in films and TV programs.

Lacock Abbey

The only disappointing aspect is that cars are parked everywhere, so you don’t get to fully appreciate the look of the village, some of which dates back over 200 years ago.

Lacock Abbey

It is worth noting, that some of the enterprising residents have set up stalls outside their houses selling Harry Potter memorabilia or arts and crafts, so make sure you take some cash with you.

Lacock Abbey

There is also the Fox Talbot Museum to visit, however it was not open whilst we were there. The museum explores the history of photography, housing a collection spanning photographic developments up to the present day.

Lacock Abbey

The COVID restrictions felt quite relaxed around the site as much of it is outside. Children over 11 and adults are expected to wear masks when in an indoor area.

Lacock Abbey

The Abbey was relatively quiet on our visit, but the village, which is open to the public was a lot busier.


Lacock is a lovely day out with country walks and we would love to go back for a re-visit soon – have you visited before?

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    Rebecca Smith

    September 6, 2020

    I’ve not visited before but it looks like a wonderful place to explore, especially for Harry Potter fans which my kids are.

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    Georgina @ Culinary Travels

    September 7, 2020

    What a fabulous day out. I’m not that into Harry Potter but I’d love to go, if only to look at that stunning architecture.

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    bex Allum

    September 7, 2020

    I MUST visit with my daughters, we are massive fans of Harry Potter.

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    Bethan Taylor-Swaine

    September 7, 2020

    This looks like an absolutely gorgeous place to visit on a day out, and I love that your kids wore their Harry Potter cloaks, very fitting!

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    September 7, 2020

    What a wonderful place Lacock Abbey is, I am a huge fan of Downtown Abbey so would love to visit the location and my kids are Harry Potter fans as well.

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    Afshan Nasim

    September 7, 2020

    This sounds fantastic, as I am a Harry Potter fan and so is my son. Will have to make a visit and bookmark your post. I love that your kids wore their cloaks too.

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    Wes Gaddis

    September 11, 2020

    Looks like a fun day of exploring. My kids would find the fact part of Harry Potter was filmed there. That would have to be the hook used to get them to go.

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    March 4, 2022


    We’re actually going to Lacock next month but will only have an hour there during a guided tour. I was wondering if you need to get a ticket to see the cathedral-like outdoor area where your three kids are posing, or is that just publicly accessible without a reservation or ticket? My daughter is a Harry Potter fan and is dying to see those areas. Thank you!

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