and Royal Magdalene Almshouses


St. Margaret’s is a Chapel of Ease – a place of quiet contemplation and prayer during the day, and is available in the evenings for group use.

Discover Glastonbury’s hidden gem

The Chapel, Almshouses and gardens are cared for by the Trustees and Volunteers of the Mary and Margaret Charity.




john-colemanThe end Almshouses include a simple iconography display and in the summer an iconographer can often be seen at work here. One Almshouse is also open to visitors to get a sense of life here in the 16th century. The gardens are tended beautifully, and are lovely to sit in. From the garden beyond the West gable you can appreciate the scale of original 12th century hospital.

The chapel is rather special and the place is a haven despite its proximity to the busy street outside.

The Future


There are plans afoot to extend the iconography exhibition to the middle almshouses, and to fill out the single almshouse with artefacts from, and information about, the past occupation of these buildings from the 16th century right up to the 1950s. We have plans to extend this exhibition in the future. After a very successful restoration project of the whole site we have also repaired the Chapel end window.

Aug2013-005-150x150Our plans for the future include restoring the blocked up almshouse doors, and providing more comprehensive information on the history and use of the site, for visitors and schools.

Most importantly we will continue to keep this precious site open to the public. We hope you will discover as much joy and serenity, and sense of the rich past of this tiny corner of Glastonbury, as we have.

A lovely, sacred space to visit and enjoy in quiet meditation or for singing/chanting. The acoustics are amazing!