St Winefride's Well

Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7PN, North Wales

 

Information

Opening Times - The shrine is open daily throughout the year, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Opening times for the Holywell complex, the Interpretive Exhibition, and the Shop are as follows:

 

Good Friday closed at 2.00pm.  Reopen at 7.30pm for way of the cross with candlelight procession.

 

1 April - 30 September: Sunday -- Friday 09.00 - 17.00

 

  Saturday 09.00 - 17.00

 

1 October - 31 March: Sunday - Saturday 10.00 - 16.00

 

Closed 25th & 26th December

 

The Museum is open between 12.00 and 16.00, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3 April until 29 September, and Summer Bank Holidays or at all other times by prior appointment.

 

Admission Charges - Adult: £0.80 (over 60: £0.60); Child: £0.20; Family (2+3): £1.75; Student (with student card): £0.40 There are no additional charges to the Interpretive Exhibition or the Museum. All proceeds from entry charges and the Shop go towards the upkeep of the shrine.

 

Regular Pilgrim Services: These are held during opening hours, throughout the Pilgrimage Season i.e. between Pentecost and are open to all visitors and pilgrims.

 

Daily Service - Following an unbroken tradition first established over 100 years ago, throughout the pilgrimage season (Pentecost to the last Sunday in September) there is a daily service at the Well (15 minutes), Monday - Saturday: 12.00; Sunday: 14.30 to which all pilgrims and visitors are welcome. This includes the Litany and the Veneration of St Winefride's Relic and is led by one of the Vocationist Fathers, usually Fr Anil, the Parish Priest.

 

Sunday Mass is celebrated at the Well, throughout the year at 17.00hrs.

 

Rite of Bathing - People have been bathing daily at St Winefride's Well for over 1,000 years. They still do. Pilgrims wishing to bathe are welcome to do so, strictly at the following times, or by special arrangement with the Custodian:

 

 

1 April - 30 September: 09.00-10.00 and 16.00-16.45

 

1 October - 31 March: 10.00 - 11.00 and 15.00-15.30

 

Pilgrims should wear suitable attire for bathing. Towels are not supplied.

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Processional banner depicting the martyrdom of St Winefride. Painted in 1896 by Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo), the banner is on display in the Well Museum, along with four other Rolfe banners

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Relic of St Winefride in its silver monstrance. The relic is venerated by pilgrims and visitors at the daily service held at the Well

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