The Chalice Well Wells
Glastonbury Village
Somerset  BA66 9DB
 
 

At the base of Glastonbury Tor is the ‘Blood Spring’ or ‘Chalice Spring’. Its red tinted water has given rise to several legends.

This has obviously been a place of pilgrimage for a very long time. Close by is a shallow pool which was once used for total immersion baptisms.
 
The Holy Grail
Part of the Joseph of Arimathaea legend involves the Holy Grail. It is said that Joseph brought with him to Britain the chalice, last used by Jesus at the Last Supper, containing Christ’s blood. Joseph apparently buried the chalice to keep it safe from thieves and a spring erupted at the site. The water supposedly runs through the chalice picking up Christ’s blood which gives it the red tint.
 
Sadly, the real reason for the red tint is that the water picks up iron oxide minerals in the rocks as it emerges from deep underground. However, the water is very pure and many locals collect it to use as their drinking water. Some 25,000 gallons of water flow from the spring each day.
 
Peace Garden
A Peace Garden is at the foot of Glastonbury Tor and incorporates the historic spring and The Chalice Well Trustees have created the Chalice Well. The gardens are very attractive with cobbled paths winding up the hill to the wellhead. Water flows down the hill in a series of pools in the shape of the vesica pisces (the Roman symbol for Christianity). The Wellhead is covered with a wooden lid with this same symbol on it. The spring is also accessible from outside the Peace Gardens.
 
The Peace Gardens and the Wellhead cover commemorate the coming of peace after World War I. In line with this philosophy The Trustees invite everyone from all spiritual paths to come and enjoy the soothing waters, the peace and quiet, the history, the myths and the legends.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Opening Times & Admission costs
The gardens are open all year.
Hours  10:00 - 17:00 in summer
          10:00 - 16:00 in winter
 
Concessions are available. For up to date information please visit the Well website Web:  Chalice Well/ Admissions    External Link
 
Disabled Access
- Some access
- Toilet and badge
- car parking
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1458 831 154
Website  Chalice Well    External Link
 
Getting There
The entrance to the Gardens is in Chilkwell Street – a 10 minute walk from Glastonbury Village centre.
 
The Glastonbury Tor bus passes the Gardens.
 
Google Map - The Chalice Well