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“Not the Friendliest place” 3 of 5 stars
Review of St. Winifred's Well

St. Winifred's Well
Holywell, Holywell, Wales
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Holywell
Type: Historic Sites
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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Not the Friendliest place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Went once to buy a statue of the Virgin Mary and they were far from friendly, the shop was quite bare,

Visited May 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful and suprising!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I really enjoyed our trip to St. Winifred's Well. As you enter, there is a small kind of museum with history about the well, St. Winifred and those that have been cured at the well. I found some of these stories quite suprising, as some letters from those that were cured are displayed in the exhibit.

Following this, you can have a look at the Well itself, and bathe in it at certain times if you wish. I found it as very peaceful, but also interesting to look at and admire. There are numerous candles lit by visitors to the attraction, and on the walls visitors from decades ago have carved their names.

I don't think that this would be everyone's cup of tea - my partner quite enjoyed the history side to the attraction but that was about it. But I would recommend it for a quick look if you're in the area. It's 80p to get in so won't break the bank! :)

Visited January 2013
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UK
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“A Blessed and Special Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

A dedicated and Holy Shrine to Saint Winefride. The oldest unbroken pilgrimage site in Great Britain and a wonderful experience for anyone visiting. Set on the site of the 7th Century Chapel of St Beuno, Pilgrims still to this day come to bathe in the waters of the well. The site offers not only the Spring and Well but also a small museum ran by informative guides. The entrance includes a large Christian Gift shop ran by a not so friendly woman. Sadly on the day of our visit a group of twenty or so Gypsy Travellers were at the Well, their behaviour was shocking, disrespectful and resulted in guides ejecting them from the building after much argument. I am sure on a different day a visit to the Well would be very peaceful.

Visited August 2012
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“Unusual and uplifting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Lovely, tranquil place to visit and, I believe, a wonderful place to visit on retreat as my Grandmother did!

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Telford
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“A Peaceful visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

Whilst recently touring North Wales we called into St Winifred’s Well after reading various articles on the internet that it was the Loured’s of Wales.

It was a very peaceful experience, the building is very beautiful and there is a pool to bathe in, however I think restrictions apply to certain times of day for this. There is a hand pump to collect drinking water to take away.

The lady in the Gift Shop was very helpful, the first part of the tour is a room filled with the history of St Winifred and the reported claims of healing through the centuries, this takes around 20-30min to read everything. We were told an audio tour is available for the outside grounds and the Well which takes 1hr.

The gift shop is very lovely, plastic bottles to collect the water in seemed very expensive, we took our own with us though. Entry however is just 80p

It is well worth the visit if your nearby, parking seems a little tricky, I found a small area to pull in off the main road, you could park in Holywell and its just a 10 min walk down the hill.

Visited February 2011
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