Welcome to A Seekers Guide to Glastonbury and it’s sacred sites, for those that are seeking the magic, with both feet on the ground. Here is my advice on the best way to visit a sacred site to make the most of the magic you’ll encounter.
- Everything is frequency. Sacred sites also hold a specific frequency stronger than most. And we all hold our own frequency. Simply said some will resonate with you and some will not. Don’t take it personally.
- Do to give yourself the time and space for the place to connect to you.
In the wise words of Manon Tromp:
“Let go of expectations, go with the flow and take your time to let Avalon do what it needs to do”.
I also agree with Freddy de Silva’s views on why we visit sacred sites (paraphrased): Every sacred site we visit awakens a spark in us, and takes us forward on our journey of self-evolution. As each of us is on our own unique and pilgrimage, each of us will experience it in our own way.
Which is why I put together my own Seekers Guide to Glastonbury and what to visit while there;
A Pilgrimage to Glastonbury Tor
To keep me going I imagined all the pilgrims that had walked the path before me. All the ceremonies and processions that the hill must have seen over the ages.
Getting your toes wet at Chalice Well
Chalice well sits at the bottom of the Tor, across the road from the White Springs. It is a small park that costs £4.50 to enter. It’s a peaceful garden, well tended and with many areas to sit and reflect and meditate.
The ice cold red spring water at Chalice Well is the stuff of legends. One story is that the water gets its red colour from Joseph of Arimathea who added a few drops of Jesus’s blood to it. Another is that it is the spring of eternal youth or has healing properties.
The fact is the iron oxide gives the water the reddish colour. The well has been in use for thousands of years and is a constant 11 degrees all year around. There is a small pool you can walk through, and trust me when I say 11 degrees is cold!
Chalice wellsprings is run by the trust, website here. Address: 85-89 Chilkwell Street.
Dive into the Sacred White Springs
The White Springs sit as the foot on the Tor, managed by volunteers and open in the afternoons. It is free to enter.
The White Springs website can be found here. Address: Well House Lane.
Time Travel to Glastonbury Abbey
At a cost of £7.50, I had to consider whether it would be worth it to see a bunch of old stones. The curiosity of seeing King Arthur’s tomb and the original church of Joesph de Armithea drew me in.
I am very glad it did. Now the museum wasn’t that interesting. And I have my doubts that King Arthur ever existed let alone lay there. Rumour has it this may have been the churches money making medieval marketing ploy.
Alice was working and complaining about how a woman’s work is never done. Before beginning her story of the kitchens and abbey’s history. We sat down and had a nice long chat about ages past.
I heard that my fellow countryman from the Low Lands (Netherlands) visited the abbey in the 1500s. Brought over for their skills in silk weaving with the intention to teach those skills to locals. It was believed they spent time living in the kitchen of the Abbey. They never did pass on the skills. They fled when the Catholic King Henry came into power. As did most Protestants at the time to avoid prosecution.
I did the day tour with Alice later in the day, and also learnt that the Abbey was at once the richest in the country. Pilgrims and visitors coming from far and wide to visit the holy site, seeking to clear their sins.
It would seem that wealthy people had the biggest sins. Which was lucky for the church as the bigger the sin the more they paid to absolve it. Which is why the wealthy landlords left all their holding to the abbey in the hope of redemption.
Now in a cruel twist of fate, it is the same wealth that destroyed them. The greedy king, who had spent all his money on war decided to put the abbot on trial. From here the abbot was guilty, hung and quartered at the top of the Tor. The Abbey ransacked and it’s wealth sold and left to ruin.
You can enjoy the interesting stories and rich history by taking one of the guided walking tours. There is a tour every hour until 4 PM. The tour is included in the entrance fee.
The Glastonbury Abbey website is here. Address: Magdalene Street.
St. Margaret’s Chapel and Almshouses
This is a quiet secluded garden off the street. At the entrance, You’ll find a finger labyrinth, which is a meditation in itself and fun. You can pray or meditate in the small old chapel or garden. The little courtyard almshouses were once hospital rooms built in the 11th century.
One of them is open and set up with furniture from the era. You can see how small yet gracious it was. Those that had to stay would have been well looked after.
Wearyall Hill and the Holy Thorn
The Holy Torn, is where the original staff of Joseph of Armithea took root and grew, the tree is still there. It pains me to write that vandals killed and chopped branches from the tree. So it isn’t what it was.
The tre, or the remaining stump is still there and still holds an incredible energy. I recommend putting your hands on it and feeling it’s warmth.
It costs nothing to visit, and has great views over to the Tor and the rest of Glastonbury.
More Magical spots to visit
Glastonbury is full of unusual shops, people and places that you won’t find on your average High Street. From the magic shop like the Cat & Cauldron, where you can buy a real wand, staff or a host of other magic paraphernalia.
If you are into Esoteric and metaphysical books go and visit Avalon Library. In the same arcade 2-4 High street, is Star Child, an incredible essential oil and herb shop. And upstairs you’ll also find the Goddess Temple. Which hosts speakers and events most nights of the week.
Anyone for cuppa tea & a scone?
The Abbey Tea Rooms has stunning views of the ruins and some of the best Tea + Scones with clotted cream and jam and other English goodies which will give you the energy to climb the Tor or walk the Abbey gardens. Address: 15 Magdalene St.
For those that might be looking for a stronger sacred drink, the George’s hotel and Pilgrims Inn is a lovely old fashioned English Pub in a beautiful medieval building.
You can even book a night and stay over the inn. If you dare and do be sure to read a few spectral accounts and ghost stories of the Inn.
Where to Stay in Glastonbury
I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks doing a work exchange through Workaway at Earth Spirit Centre. Hence super lucky to met some truly magical people. The also run incredibly workshops throughout the year, so be sure to check their calendar to see what’s on.
The Magic never ends
Glastonbury can be many things, quirky, magical, spiritual and at times over the top. Is a reflection of our inner selves, is it whatever we want it to be (yes, be prepared for fairies and men with arrows and crossbows on the street).
What I love about it and the people I met there is that they are all doing whatever they want, being whoever they want and living life as they want.
In this crazy world – maybe this is the sanity of it all. There isn’t any seeking, but an authentic way of being. And that, in itself is kinda Magical.
For Further reading:
Freddy de Silva’s Website. Freddy de Silva’s book: The Divine Blueprint.
Manon Tromp’s Website, you can also find her on the Mystical Tours website.
Anyone interested in visiting Avesbury Stones can read more here.