According to legend, this holy well sprung up in the 7th century when St Winefride was restored to life by St Beuno after a brutal attack that left her decapitated. Pilgrims have sought the curative waters here since the 12th century and modern pilgrims can still bathe in the large exterior well pool. The current Roman Catholic shrine was built in the sixteenth century. There is a museum and shop.
The shrine is open throughout the year with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Between Pentecost and the last Sunday in September there is a short daily service at the well to which all visitors and pilgrims are welcome – Monday to Saturday at noon and Sunday at 14.30. Bathing is permitted strictly at the following times:
1 April – 30 September: 9.00 to 10.00 and 16.00 to 16.45
1 October – 31 March: 10.00 to 11.00 and 15.00 to 15.30
Pilgrims should wear suitable attire for bathing and bring their own towels.
Accommodation is available at St Winefride’s Guest House
St Winefride’s Well,
North Wales CH8 7PN
Tel: 01352 713054