As my dad has been here visiting me and my new husband (feels so weird to say that!) we’ve been looking for places to take him to. While searching I stumbled across Lacock Abbey and Village. The abbey and antiquated village have been used as filming locations for Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice, Downton Abbey and The Other Boleyn Girl. Walking down the cobbled lanes under the leaning Tudor buildings definitely gives the effect of being on a movie set.
The Abbey was built in the 13th century and has been added to and changed over the years. It began as a nunnery, but was converted into a family home. It now belongs to the National Trust.
Of course the most exciting part for me was that it was used for filming Harry Potter (especially the first movie) so naturally I brought my Gryffindor hat and wand. These cloisters were used as the Hogwarts corridors throughout the first movie (alongside Gloucester cathedral cloisters and some filmed in Oxford).
It was sometimes difficult to figure out which rooms were used for what but after looking over my photos while watching HP and the Philosopher’s Stone I gathered that this room with the giant cauldron was used as Quirrel’s classroom…
The cauldron itself wasn’t used in filming but is thought to be a cooking pot used by nuns at the abbey. It makes for a great HP-inspired photo though!
If instead of going right as you walk in the entrance of the abbey, you can turn left down the cloisters which takes you to Snape’s classroom. There isn’t any information about filming however it does tell you the room was used as a place to store valuable items when it was still a nunnery.
You can tour through the house above which was home to William Henry Fox Talbot in the 1800s. He was a scientist who produced the first photographic negative using this window…
If photography sparks your interest there is a small photography museum you can tour through as well.
The village is absolutely magical; photos really don’t do it justice. Not only did I love the old stone, slate roofs and Tudor buildings but there are two more Harry Potter filming locations to stumble upon in the town!
We found Slughorn’s house from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!
We also found Harry’s childhood home from the flashbacks of earlier movies (you’ll notice that when they return to Harry’s home in Godric’s Hollow in the last movie it actually looks nothing like this house… the one used for filming that scene can be found in Lavenham).
The village is small but a lovely breath of the past and definitely worth a wander.
You might even meet some cheeky little friends along the way!
Entrance to the Abbey is around £13 or free with a National Trust membership. We really enjoyed our day in Lacock and can’t wait to visit again in the summer months.
What is the best filming location you’ve been to or one that you’d like to see?