Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times it has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur.
It’s history is intertwined with English traditions; one of its Abbots – St Dunstan, wrote the Coronation words last used for the coronation of our present Queen Elizabeth II and William Blake’s popular “Jerusalem” is said to be written about the story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, visited Glastonbury.
In 1191 the monks told the world they had found the bodies of King Arthur and his Queen found on the south side of the Lady Chapel. On 19th April 1278 their remains were removed in the presence of King Edward 1 and Queen Eleanor to a black marble tomb within the abbey itself. The tomb survived until the dissolution of the abbey in 1539.
The Chalice Well is a peaceful sanctuary in which to retreat from the everyday life, soothe the soul and revive the spirits. This natural setting with its waters that flow in rills and pools, is like a garden of many ‘rooms’; the swing-seat with its views of the Tor, the Meadow overlooking the levels for picnics, the Healing Pool for refreshing feet, the Lions Head for drinking the pure spring water and the Well Head itself.
The gardens are open every day of the year except for the first Saturday in June when we celebrate Companions’ Day. Companions’ Day is an opportunity for those who support Chalice Well Trust to enjoy exclusive access to the gardens and listen to first class speakers.
Opening Time 2017
April 1st – October 28th*
10:00 am to 6:00 pm**
October 29th* – March 31st
10:00 am to 4:30 pm**
* It change from summer to winter opening times when the clocks change at the beginning and end of British Summer Time.
** Last admission is 30 minutes prior to above closing times.
Glastonbury Tor is a hill near Glastonbury topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower. Visible for over twenty miles, it floats like an island over the misty, verdant landscape. There’s something almost mystical about this hill and the ghostly tower atop it. Climbing up to it it`s an effort well worth as it is offering the most breathtaking 360° view of the Somerset countryside.
Glastonbury Tor has been a site of religious significance for over 1000 years – discover the site’s amazing past on your visit.
Glastonbury Tor is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Its pagan beliefs are still very much celebrated. Discover the stories surrounding its spiritual past and what makes Glastonbury Tor so special.
King Arthur and his knights of the round table, legend has it, visited Glastonbury Tor. Find out what they were looking for and what was found in Glastonbury Abbey in 1191 on your visit.