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“Serenity and contemplation”
Review of Chalice Well

Chalice Well
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US$125.97*
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Full-Day Tour of Glastonbury
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US$184.31*
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Small-Group Day Trip to Stonehenge, Glastonbury, and Winchester from London
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Glastonbury
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Serenity and contemplation”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

My visit to Somerset was perfectly timed to coincide with enough rain to demonstrate exactly why it's such a green and lush county, but I couldn't let that deter me from experiencing Chalice Well.

The gardens are beautifully arranged to encourage meandering, with plenty of areas to sit and contemplate and a meadow area where in dryer weather a picnic overlooking the gardens and with a view of the Tor would be pleasant.

The Well itself... hard to describe, really. It's a little sheltered from the elements by a canopy of trees, and a truly lovely place to sit for a while and contemplate.

If you would like to drink or take away some of the spring water, you can do so from the Lion's Head - it's freely available, and if you forget to bring a bottle with you they can be picked up inexpensively at the shop.

I really do recommend planning to spend a reasonable amount of time simply wandering, sitting, and experiencing the tranquility of the gardens - it's a place that rewards contemplation, not a place to simply tick off on your tour of Glastonbury.

Take sensible shoes in case the weather is like it was when I went - the paths are paved and will be slippery if they're wet, but with a little care and bearing in mind I have no mobility problems they were fine.

And just a final word for the custodian of the charming little shop (don't forget to Gift Aid your entry fee if you're a UK tax payer!), who was wonderfully friendly and helpful, adding a little bit of extra joy to an already peaceful and pleasant experience.

Visited May 2014
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“RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY.....”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

It was cold, windy and raining hard as I walked uphill from the Glastonbury Abbey to the Chalice Well on April 23, 2014. There was not a soul who was outside or walking under this type of weather so I was tempted several times to go back to the town center and catch the next bus going back to Wells/Bristol.

Note that I came across the Somerset Rural Life Museum (another attraction of Glastonbury) as I was walking towards the Chalice Well. There is a sign that states that due to some renovation works, the museum is temporarily closed. In the horizon, I kept seeing the Tor up in the hill.

Chalice Well - there is no historical significance of this location. My understanding is that it is for people seeking quiet environment and solitude in the beauty of the Garden. Due to the heavy rains, the paths were slippery. There are some benches where one can sit down to admire the beautiful flowers and man-made small water falls.

My conclusion is that had the weather been better such as sunny and warm, I would appreciate more the Chalice Well and its beautiful garden.

Visited April 2014
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Salmon Arm, Canada
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“One visit is not enough”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Lovely, peaceful and serene yet so close to the action. Several visits are required to experience the full magic of this site.

Visited May 2014
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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful place”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Such a beautiful place. Stunning gardens are so peaceful and so pretty. Drank the sacred water from the lions head, then sat for a while, feet in the cleansing pool and sunshine on my face .......sheer bliss.

Visited May 2014
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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“Mini retreat”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

A beautiful peaceful garden where the sacred water from the well runs down through it, if you want to get away from it all for a few hours this is the place to come. You can cleanse your crystals in the water, and even drink the water from the lions head, bliss!

Visited May 2014
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