Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society


We have had a most enjoyable series of visits in recent years. We are fortunate to be close to London so are able to take in many of the special exhibitions arranged by the national museums and galleries as well as the special places such as the Royal Academy and the Wallace Collection.


Wednesday, 19 September 2018 London - Bowood House & Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire


Bowood is a grade I listed Georgian country house in Wiltshire with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Although the greater part of the house was demolished in 1956, there is still enough to see to make it of interest for an ADFAS visit.

Lacock Abbey was a 13th century Augustinian nunnery until the dissolution when it was sold and converted into a residence. The house and the surrounding village of Lacock were given to the National Trust in 1944. The abbey houses the Fox Talbot Museum, devoted to the pioneering work of William Talbot's work in the field of photography.

Bookings via Vanessa MacMahon at our lectures.

If a booking is cancelled a refund can only be made if the visit is full and there is a replacement from the waiting list.

See photographs of our previous visits

Longer visits to places of interest in the UK have been arranged to Canterbury, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Lincoln, Glasgow, Northumberland, York, Plymouth, East Anglia, Chester, Bristol and the Scottish Borders when based in a hotel, we are able to take in a selection of local venues of fine and decorative arts interest over a long weekend.

In addition, European visits have also been arranged to Normandy, Amsterdam, The Loire, Flanders, Dublin, Paris, Prague and Bulgaria.