The Chalice Well, Glastonbury

The Chalice Well, Glastonbury

The Chalice Well, also known as the Red Spring, lies hidden in the Vale of Avalon between Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill and is enfolded within a gorgeous, sacred garden. For over two thousand years it has been a welcome retreat for those seeking healing, peace and even inspiration by drinking the sacred waters.

Today, the site is lovingly cared by the Chalice Well Trust. The gardens, filled with flowers to evoke the senses, rise up from the entrance to the well head at the top and are separated into ‘rooms’ with the copper-red spring waters flowing downwards throughout.  

The gardens have a peaceful, quiet stillness as you walk through them that encourages contemplation. Expect to find benches and chairs for you to sit with your thoughts – in fact, this site is often used for longer retreats and workshops because of its incredible healing effect. Make sure to dip your feet in the cool running water or even taste the waters.

The well itself lies at the top of the garden and is so-called because it is said that Joseph of Arimathea, when he visited Glastonbury, buried or washed the Holy Chalice here and as a result the spring appeared and has continued to flow ever since at the same rate and temperature. Surrounded by stone seats, you are invited to sit for a moment in this holy space.

You’ll also find a shop on site.

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Chalice Well Trust, 85-89 Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DD | 01458 831 154 |

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