Chalice Well (The Red Spring) – Glastonbury, England - Atlas Obscura

Chalice Well (The Red Spring)

An ancient well nestled at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, shrouded in Arthurian legend and revered for its purported healing waters. 

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Steeped in Arthurian legend, Chalice Hill in Glastonbury offers a hidden oasis of beauty and historical intrigue. The heart of the site lies in the well, rumored to be the resting place of the Holy Grail. From this ancient well, water rich in iron content flows into a shallow pool, its shape echoing the Vesica Piscis, an ancient symbol associated with sacred geometry and spirituality.

Legend whispers of hidden springs and the veil between worlds thinning in specific locations. Chalice Hill, with its sacred Red Spring, considered holy water by many pagan myths, is said to be one such place. Visitors can drink from the well’s water, dispensed through a striking lion’s head, while marveling at the well cover, designed by Frederick Bligh Bond, which replicates the Vesica Piscis symbol.

Just opposite this famous site, down a little lane at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, lies its counterpart: the White Spring.

Know Before You Go

The water is extremely high in iron, so be wary of that while drinking it.


Check the website to be sure about opening times.

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