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Chalice Well, Glastonbury

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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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  • No not really, but this place does feel like a cross between a formal English garden and a New Age retreat. It's a beautiful and well maintained garden with plenty of places for people to engage with ...  more »
  • It was everything I thought the Challice Well would be. I was there at opening 10am -and it wasn't as busy. So many spaces to sit and reflect. I dipped my feet in the cold waters of the paddling pool-...  more »
  • You have to be into this to appreciate it its a beautifull spiritual place be prepared to come across witches sharmans healers etc my husband first time felt a bit uncomfortable but now the second tim...  more »
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  • We had heard some very positive feedback and made it a must do on our holiday to the area.The welcome from the front desk was polite and informative. Unfortunately whilst the walk around and the sitting was pleasant. The overall noise by younger visitors and hogging of the foot cooling and reflective area effectively negated us sitting in the space.It was being used as a meeting place,where a cafe could have suited as a space to discuss trivia. that combined with external elements such as traffic made it feel less serene. Would it not be possible to have signs saying quiet space. Perhaps offer a mat for sitting on to enable reflective meditation. We were left disappointed as we were unable to experience it in the way described in the printed statement.
  • This is a place whose atmosphere meets the myth about it. I came because I had been reading Grail Legends and wanted to see the water, that you could say was red because of the blood of Christ rising from the Holy Grail beneath it or from iron ore depending on your inclination. Certainly a lovely place to come and reflect your thoughts on the water.
  • An ancient and deep aquifer that's water is tinged red with iron. Legends aplenty at this peaceful and mysterious place of worship for many different faiths. The sacred geometry of the vesica pisces and it's allegorical meaning is mind blowing. Though you will have to visit to find out 😉... Friendly and helpful staff.
  • Nice enough gardens but let down by rude visitors. We took our two boys 3 and 6. The guy at the gate was very welcoming - even letting our 6 year old in for free. He told us to take them to the meadow area if they wanted to run about and let off steam. They were playing and laughing in this area when someone shouted at us to be quiet because they were trying to get some 'peace'. So despite the welcome, I would advise against taking children.
  • Very popular place and a lot done since I was here last. Beautiful garden, the original well looked after very well, the other water features are beautiful, and is a very relaxed sanctuary place. Better than a church, I think. Very helpful visitor's centre.