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Glastonbury may have been spearheading New Age enlightenment for some years now but don't be fooled into thinking it's a haven of rest and relaxation. You'l certainly discover such things by walking down certain passages and through particular portals but for the most part Glastonbury is a busy tourist trap full of the same amount of traffic, litter and loutishness you'll find in any popular small town. There is however one particular centre of solitude that you really do need to seek out - namely the Chalice Well Gardens.
The gardens are venerated as a site of peace and contemplation, open to all whatsoever there spiritual need or religion might be. Within the garden there are many places ideal for relaxation or thoughtful prayer - in fact a bell is rung at intervals throughout the day to remind people of the need for contemplation. I found the atmosphere relaxing and uplifting, respectful and caring. Goodness, did I just say that? It is not therefore the place to drag around unruly infants or sullen adolescents..well, not unless they are quietly sullen. But it is the ideal place to escape the busy High Street and find the 'Real' Glastonbury you were hoping for.
What can you find there? Well a real mix. Practitioners of Eastern meditation perched on one leg, readers of romantic fiction, ardent Arthurians, willowy wiccans...and tweedy chaps like me. All sorts - all welcome!
The good news is that the efforts of the volunteers who help run this delightful hideaway help ensure it stays open 365 days a year. Pop in any day between 10am and 4pm and you'll find it open; go between April and the end of October and you will be able to wander around for an extra hour and a half later. Prices are very reasonable: Adults £3.50, Senior Citizens £2.90, Children (5-17) £1.70 and you can if you wish avoid the fees by becoming a Well Companion. (see website)
Address: Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset. BA6 8DD
Phone: 01458 831154
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