Chalice Well, Glastonbury
Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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I have known Glastonbury all my life but must confess that I had never visited the Chalice well until recently. We had long planned to visit Glastonbury for a walk around the historic sites and climb ... read more »
It's impossible to convey the peace and serenity the Chalice Well garden provides. Although there are events at full moon etc, I personally prefer to visit outside of those times, when Glastonbury is ... read more »
I love this place, the gardens are beautiful. The sound of the running water is so calming. It has so many spots to sit quietly and pray and meditate. It really has a magic that you have to sit and ta... read more »
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
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.
Beautiful gardens, well worth a peaceful wonder.
A very pleasant garden with a well in it. I'm not convinced it is mystical or spiritual in any way and as regards being over 2,000 years old, surely most natural wells are. Geology moves slowly. Tasted water from both the red and the white well. The white well water was horrid. The red well water had a pleasant tang, but the water from sweet well in my home village was nicer than both. Not to denigrate this place. It really is lovely. Just claiming it is somehow magical seems to make it less special, not more.
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.
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