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The Chalice Well

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by Annie Riley (subscribe)
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Published April 5th 2015
The Chalice Well and Gardens is an inspiring solace, just 15 minutes walk from Glastonbury's town centre.

The Well is described as 'a place of sanctity, healing and peace, to soothe the soul and revive the spirits' and it really is that.

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Daffodils in The Meadow


Be sure to keep your cellphones off, or on silent, and refrain from smoking so as not to disturb the tranquility of the gardens and others visiting.

The garden itself is expansive and boasts eight different sections. At least an hour should be allowed to enjoy the full beauty of the area. Bask beneath the Yew trees, listen to the flow of the water in the Vesica Pool, enjoy the ancient healing pool which dates back to the 18th century, taste pure spring water from the Lion's Head and enjoy a picnic amid the seasonal flowers within the meadow which boasts a beautiful view over Glastonbury and the Vale of Avalon. This is a truly breath-taking sight, even on a cloudy day.

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Vesica Pool


For those more spiritually minded seeking a serene place for meditation do not go past the Well Head and Sanctuary. It features the Besica Piscus, the ancient sacred symbol of two interlocking circles which symbioses the union of heaven and earth. Take a seat on the steps and listen to the flow of the artesian spring.

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The Well Head and Sanctuary


Near the exit is the Chalice Well Trust Shop which as an excellent selection of books, gifts, crafts, jewellery and cards.

The Chalice Well and Gardens are open from 10am until 4.30pm, with hours extended until 6pm beginning on April 1st through to October 31st. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing, but more time is suggested to explore the gardens fully.



Admission is a very reasonable 4.10 per adult, 3.30 for a concession and 2.05 per child though memberships can also be purchased through the Chalice Well Trust.

For those making a day trip from nearby London or Bristol, there is parking available at the nearby Rural Life Museum in Bere Lane.

For more information about the Chalice Well and Gardens, as well as dates and times for retreats, concerts and community gatherings or to arrange private access visit their website.

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When: The Chalice Well and Gardens are open from 10am until 4.30pm, with hours extended until 6pm beginning on April 1st through to October 31st.
Where: 85-8 Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DD, United Kingdom
Cost: Admission is a very reasonable 4.10 per adult, 3.30 for a concession and 2.05 per child though memberships can also be purchased through the Chalice Well Trust.
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