Strolling the Streets of Meryton aka Lacock, Wiltshire

I’m a big fan of bucket lists…I’ve even got a Pride and Prejudice bucket list…I’ve visited Jane Austen’s resting place, had afternoon tea at Cassandra’s Cup, visited the Jane Austen House Museum and just recently visited Belton House.  So of course strolling the streets of Meryton was high on my bucket list!  A short drive from Castle Combe, is the cute little village of Lacock in Wiltshire which should be on any Jane Austen fan’s wish list.

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G’s ears were still recovering from our visit to Castle Combe so as soon as I saw the high street of Lacock, his little ears were bright red again from my squeals!

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First impressions…there are a lot of cars parked on the high street (which are the residents) so unfortunately it’s not picture perfect…

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…however it’s still gorgeous!

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^^This a true reflection on what you’re going to see like we did!

G knew I was going to be hours exploring and taking photos so he found a nice shady tree to sleep under while I went exploring…spot the foreigner and the Englishman, I never get bored of all this history within England.

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There are quite a few wobbly drunk buildings (but obviously nowhere near as many as Lavenham)

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…and you can spend a few hours just strolling through the streets of Meryton, trying to locate the Militia…

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…pretending to be buying bonnets (there aren’t any for sale)...

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…hoping to run into Wickham so you can give him a kick in the shins for all his sins…

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…dodging horse poo (however you’re more likely to be dodging a pram today)

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…practising your twirling skills before the Meryton Ball…

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…while worrying about what you’re going to wear to the Meryton ball…

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…worrying if Mr Darcy will be there…

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…and Bingley’s sisters…

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…then slowly remembering that you’re not going to the ball!

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How beautiful is the war memorial in Lacock…

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…a reminder of the worlds past mistakes and the men that lost their lives.

I haven’t used my National Trust membership for years and lo and behold I’ve used it so much in the past month…

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…it’s free entry into Lacock Abbey as it’s a National Trust property and the gardens and house are just stunning…

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…a little shoefie action going on…

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…the famous cloisters…

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…that Colin Firth strode along (I promise that I didn’t lick the floor, I truly didn’t…they have NT staff on hand to stop ladies doing that!)…

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…and if you’re a Harry Potter fan they will look familiar as well!

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^^One of the coolest spots in Lacock on a hot summers day!

The Talbot Family were the last owners of the property and this is the birthplace of photography…

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…with an interesting display on how the negative was developed…

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(excuse the pun!)

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…unfortunately I was a tad early for dinner…

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…that moment when you suddenly realise that you match the carpet…eek!

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I play the piano very poorly indeed so I didn’t rock out a tune or two…

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…quickly moving onto the next room…

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…where the ceiling reminded me to always look up…

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…and there was a costume exhibition on during my visit.

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Now those gardens at Lacock Abbey…

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…the Tudor Courtyard is a nice little spot with a little second hand bookshop tucked inside the courtyard…

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…I love climbing roses…

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…and say hello to floral door porn!

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My tummy was starting to rumble so I popped into the church where they had a bake sale going inside…

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…where couples were enjoying a cuppa and a piece of cake…

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…I decided to keep walking, past a few great little places for a nibble…

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…picture perfect nibbly places to eat…

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…locating G, we picked up some refreshments from Lacock Bakery…

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…which is picture perfect itself!  They do a rather nice gluten free chocolate brownie and I hate chocolate brownies so that’s saying something.

I absolutely adored Lacock and think it’s a fabulous little spot for a day trip…

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…the honesty of this village is sweet, if you want to buy something then please place the money through the letterbox to buy fresh lavender…

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…meringues…

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…flowers…

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…jams…

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…and that’s how I paid for my two courgettes!

Travel Tips for Lacock, Wiltshire

  • Lacock is pretty flat so you can get away with most shoes however if you are going to enjoy the gardens at Lacock Abbey then flats would be better
  • There are a number of places for a quick bite to eat – I only tried the Lacock Bakery for gluten free goods and they sold a chocolate brownie which is okay if you need a quick fix
  • A picnic in the ground of Lacock Abbey would be perfect
  • Parking can be a bit of a nightmare so would suggest arriving in Lacock early as the village can get slightly congested later on in the afternoon.
  • Castle Combe and Lacock are perfect for a day trip together!
  • Take cash as there are a number of honesty stores and other village events held on the weekend

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London or Cardiff exploring Wiltshire and the beautiful village of Lacock. Lacock is a National Trust property and has been used in many movie and tv productions like Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter. Click the link to read my Lacock Travel Tips!

Have you visited Lacock or Wiltshire before – what are your thoughts on the village and county?  You can check out more at the Visit Wiltshire website.

xx

16 Comments

  1. July 25, 2016 / 10:18 AM

    I love the fact that you have a Pride and Prejudice bucket list, Jane Austen is one of my all time favourite authors. If you ever bump into Mr Darcy let me know where I can find him ;)

    • July 27, 2016 / 8:53 PM

      Yes….I’m such a bucket list geek these days hehe! I should list all my crazy bucket lists on the blog shouldn’t I! If I bump into Mr Darcy he will be mine Angie…all mine hehe xx

    • July 27, 2016 / 8:51 PM

      Very beautiful Tanja! Haha yes from Harry Potter and agree Colin Firth is number one! x x

    • July 27, 2016 / 8:50 PM

      Yes Keri! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to visit and how wonderful that you live so close by. The river on the outskirts of town with a little bridge over it…possibly?
      xx

  2. July 26, 2016 / 2:43 AM

    Beautiful photos. I used to live near here. Brings back great memories.
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    • July 27, 2016 / 8:50 PM

      Thanks Sandra! I’m glad that I’ve taken you for a trip down memory lane! xx

  3. July 26, 2016 / 9:04 AM

    Looks lovely – reminds me a little of Oxford or Cambridge (probs cause of the old buildings)

    • July 27, 2016 / 8:49 PM

      A little bit, Lacock is a tiny village while Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire are really big…all very beautiful! xx

  4. August 4, 2016 / 9:58 AM

    I went years ago – and loved it too. Surely you should be going back and setting up a bonnet shop there (gap in the market?!)

    • August 6, 2016 / 12:07 PM

      Haha yes such a gap in the market considering it’s used in the so many period dramas! Fancy setting up a little business hehe! xx

  5. August 14, 2016 / 6:41 PM

    A Jane Austen bucket list is the most amazing idea! This village really does look almost picture-perfect :)

    • August 19, 2016 / 8:25 AM

      It sure is…absolutely adore Jane Austen so decided like a fabulous idea! Lacock is amazing and you will recognise a lot of the houses if you love period dramas as it’s used a lot for filmng in England xx

  6. Anne thomas
    October 29, 2016 / 8:04 PM

    I loved the photos and your funny comments what an amazing place and it appears to have everything of the period

    • October 29, 2016 / 10:01 PM

      Awww thanks Anne! The National Trust own the village and it’s used in various period dramas on telly! xx