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Chalice Well, Glastonbury

(4.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
An active well for over 2000 years, Chalice Well embodies the peace and solace of its unique location in the Vale of Avalon. The well and its surrounding meditation garden offer visitors a chance to reflect and drink in (literally) the area's fabled history. The well cover, designed by church architect and archaeologist Frederick Bligh Bond, represents the overlap between inner and outer worlds and symbolizes the atmosphere here. Quiet your thoughts in one of the sitting areas or take a relaxed stroll through the grounds. Don't forget to bring a bottle so you can sample the waters from this famous source. On summer evenings, enjoy poetry, music, and other performances in the candlelit gardens. If you're interested in delving further, look at the schedule of workshops and retreats. Use our Glastonbury vacation generator to visit Chalice Well on your trip to Glastonbury, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is one of those "If we say it enough it'll be true " places. They even link the well to the chalice supposedly used at the last supper! Yes there is a well. It's in what looks like someone's back...  more »
  • If you start at the gate and walk to the end of the garden, it takes 120 seconds. If you are reading the map at the same time, you'll miss everything. Not exactly value for money. Very pretty though.....  more »
  • We visited the Chalice Well on a cold February day to just have a look, but were fascinated by the feeling of peace and tranquility of the place. The gardens are also very beautiful and I would recomm...  more »
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  • The two water sources rising here couldn't be more different. Make sure you try both! Have a mingle with all the visitors, tourists and travellers. You might be surprised at how approachable everyone is. Try to approach with respect and a sense of quiet, this is a place of calm and worship for some. Do this and you might have a special trip!
  • So peaceful I read the book Seagulls in the red well pool. Something really spiritual about this place. Butterflies all around and sound of running water. Gets interrupted by annoying tourists but returns to neutral when the wander off elsewhere.
  • if you feel.disconnected with the earth..you don't understand why you are where you are in life..days are filled with darkness..then come to the Chalice well. Fill your soul with the peace and tranquilits that only the Chalice Well will give you. sit under the trees..listen to.mother earth and to your heart. I would never have believed the spirituality that this sacred place could give me.. so go..set down your weary body and fill it with divine light and peace. x
  • While the history and importance of the gardens is undeniable, its centre for quietude and contemplation is lost in the disrespect visitors have for these qualities. I have given up attending Winter Solstice celebrations, since children run amok in and around the water outlets and areas for meditation. People talk loudly about work, etc., so it's impossible to relax and restore oneself. You have to choose your visiting time carefully, if you wish to use the gardens as intended.
  • Beautiful gardens, well worth a peaceful wonder.