Chalice Well, Glastonbury

Chalice Well is the site of a well in Glastonbury that’s fed by a natural spring which is rich in iron oxide and is said to have strong healing powers.

The well has supposedly been in constant use for at least the past 2,000 years and has also been known as the Red Spring due to the way the iron oxide can give the water a reddish hue.


The well now sits within landscaped gardens, with the well at the top end of the gardens. Just the other side of a hedgerow by the well there is a small orchard which is a nice spot for a picnic, and you can see Glastonbury Tor from there :)

We were visited by a fearless robin which posed for photos too ;P


The water from the spring runs right through the length of the gardens.

At the lion’s head fountain you can drink the water, and people also fill bottles there to take the water home with them.

A bit further down there is a wading pool where people can bathe to take in the healing powers of the water, but it was closed for annual maintenance at the time we were there.

At the bottom end of the gardens there is a nice water feature formed with the spring water passing down a series of small falls, and from there the water follows a channel off to somewhere beyond the walls :)


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