Lacock is the quintessential South West village, with pleasant walking paths, quaint cobbled roads, and plenty of recognisable sights from popular TV shows and films.
Our boutique country hotels close to Lacock Village are an ideal place to stay when exploring the charming village and other nearby attractions in Wiltshire, with comfortable, spacious rooms, on-site restaurants serving meals made with local ingredients and an impressive range of award-winning Butcombe beers and real ales.
Places to stay near Lacock Village
After a busy day exploring everything Lacock Village has to offer, our range of nearby boutique hotels are the perfect place to stay the night with cosy beds, family rooms, and excellent breakfasts.
The Methuen Arms
The Methuen Arms in Corsham started life as a nunnery, before being converted into a brewery and coaching inn in 1608. The inn offers 19 newly-renovated bedrooms, a mouth-watering food menu created with ingredients sourced from its kitchen garden, and a cosy bar area and spacious beer garden perfect for enjoying the inn’s range of hand-pulled ales. It really is the perfect place to rest and relax after exploring Lacock Village.
The Crown Inn
Just a stone’s throw from Dyrham Park and within easy reach of Bath, The Crown inn has 9 welcoming ensuite rooms, perfect for a sound night’s sleep after exploring the wonderful sights of Lacock Village. On the menu at the on-site restaurant, you’ll find a cracking selection of hearty pub classics, perfectly paired with a variety of Butcombe beers behind the bar.
The Horse & Groom
The Horse & Groom is a grade II-listed inn nestled in the pretty village of Charlton. Featuring five charming, boutique bedrooms, a delicious menu of seasonal dishes and an impressive selection of award-winning Butcombe beers, the Horse & Groom has everything you need for a relaxing home-from-home stayaway and is the perfect place to relax after visiting Lacock Village.
The King’s Arms
The King’s Arms is a charming 18th-century inn set in the heart of Melksham. Featuring 13 modern, comfy bedrooms, a tasty food menu offering exciting takes on pub classics and an array of award-winning Butcombe beers behind the bar, The King’s Arms is the perfect option for a boutique stayaway and the ideal place to relax after visiting Lacock Village.
The Northey Arms
Situated in Box near Corsham in Wiltshire, The Northey Arms is the perfect base for exploring nearby Bath and the world-class walking, cycling and dog-walking opportunities in and around the Cotswolds. With 13 en-suite rooms of varying sizes, we can accommodate guests for family breaks, romantic getaways or perfect staycations.
We’re close to many of the most popular attractions in Bath, so you can relax at The Northey Arms after your day admiring the world-famous Lacock Village.
The Quarryman’s Arms
Located in picturesque Box Hill, The Quarrymans Arms hotel is a gorgeous country inn boasting sweeping views of the Box Valley. The inn offers the perfect boutique getaway with four flawlessly-decorated bedrooms, a delightful restaurant serving the finest, locally-sourced seasonal produce, and a fantastic selection of ales, craft beers, local ciders and fine wines to get stuck into. Just a short drive from the centre of Bath, it is the perfect spot to relax after a day visiting Lacock Village.
The White Hart
Situated in the heart of picturesque Wroughton, The White Hart is a beautiful thatched pub and inn. With 10 beautifully-decorated bedrooms, a tasty food menu crafted with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, and a stunning range of Butcombe beers to sample, this characterful inn has everything you need to relax after exploring the wonderful sights of Lacock Village.
A brief history of Lacock Village
Beginning life as a Saxon settlement, Lacock Village derives its name from the word ‘lacuc’, meaning ‘little stream’ – a description referring to the babbling brook that runs throughout the village.
During the Middle Ages the village, which flourished from a thriving wool industry, grew into a bustling town on the main Bristol to London road. It had its own mill and weekly market as well as three farms, carpenters, wheelwrights, several pubs and a brewery.
In 1944, Lacock was gifted to the National Trust who continue to preserve the village’s medieval buildings today, including the village’s houses – most of which are rented out to families who have resided there for several generations.
What to see at Lacock Village
Perfectly preserved for over 200 years, Lacock Village has a plethora of medieval buildings to explore, including quaint traditional stone cottages, an old workhouse, medieval tithe barn, an old lock-up and the village church.
Visitors will also find an array of local shops, including charming antique, chocolate and soap vendors, alongside a bakery and pottery.
A trip to Lacock wouldn’t be complete without visiting the village’s star attraction Lacock Abbey, a beautiful 13th-century building and former filming location for the likes of Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice!
Lacock Village on screen
With its rare absence of power cables, yellow lines and TV aerials, Lacock has become a go-to filming location for period dramas and films.
For a price, the village’s quadrangle of streets can be emptied of cars and transformed into any era of choice, with many of the local residents more than happy to step in as extras!
Lacock Village and Harry Potter
Of all the productions to pass through Lacock Village over the years, perhaps none is better known than Harry Potter. Providing the backdrop for several of the franchise’s films, the village has become a site of pilgrimage for Potterheads across the world. Famous filming locations include:
- Harry Potter’s parents’ house (found at the end of Church Street), glimpsed briefly during the flashback scene in the Philosopher’s Stone when Hagrid is explaining to Harry how his parents were killed
- Horace Slughorn’s hideaway (found along Cantax Hill), seen at the start of the Half-Blood Prince when Dumbledore whisks Harry away to Budleigh Babberton to convince the professor to return to Hogwarts
- Budleigh Babberton – just after Dumbledore and Harry have successfully convinced Slughorn to come back to Hogwarts in the Half-Blood Prince, they stroll down the streets of Budleigh Babberton (aka Church Street), and apparate at the end of one road (the intersection between Church Street and Cantax Hill).
Lacock Village and Downton Abbey
Lacock has starred not once, but twice in the acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey.
In 2015, the production transformed one of the village’s quaint streets into a 1920s livestock market attended by Lord and Lady Grantham, featuring sheep, pigs and a huge, 1-tonne long-horned bull.
In 2018, the crew returned to shoot scenes for the Downton Abbey movie, with Lacock’s streets setting the scene for a spectacular royal parade featuring real-life village residents dressed in period-accurate costumes!
Lacock Village and Pride and Prejudice
Thanks to its largely untouched appearance, Lacock was chosen to stand in as Meryton for the 1995 BBC series of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, providing the backdrop for the scenes that saw the Bennet girls, particularly Lydia and Kitty, shopping for bonnets, seeking the latest gossip and vying for the attentions of the officers!
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