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The Friars is owned by the Carmelites and the monks are resident here.

Most of the buildings are equipped with Wi-Fi, however, owing to the age of the buildings, it is not available in all guest rooms.

The Friars is open to day visitors and for those wishing to overnight. The guest house has 100 guest rooms, and groups of all kind are welcome. Facilities include a dining room, tea shop, gift shop, pottery and 40 acres of grounds. A number of lovely Chapels are located on the estate and vast gardens are a popular venue for many public and private events.

Trains depart from Aylesford Station on a regular basis and travel time to London averages 1 hour 15 mins.

If using a Satnav to reach The Friars, please use the postcode ME20 7BY.

Attractions in the property surroundings include the Kent Life Heritage Farm Park (and outdoor museum) near Maidstone (1.5 miles from The Friars), a vibrant and fun destination with host of attractions on it's 28 acre site, which offer a great day out for young and old.

Moated and stunningly beautiful Leeds Castle, once the private property of six of England’s medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon is an 8 mile drive from Aylesford.

The cathedral city of Canterbury is a scenic 30 mile drive. The historic city of Rochester (7 miles), with medieval castle, cathedral and cobbled streets is the childhood home of Charles Dickens.

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Maureen Ryan from Lisburn, Ireland25 Aug 2022

The Friars is on a most magnificent estate, where geese and ducks roam around the gardens and the atmosphere is one of peace and tranquility. Rooms and shared bathrooms are kept clean and I believe some ensuite rooms are available. The staff are friendly, the home cooked food good and the Pilgrim's Rest cafe busy at most times. A most enjoyable few days and well recommend.

Alex and Sonia Willman from Maine, United States18 Sep 2019

Step back in time and appreciate a slightly off the beaten track experience. We spent five nights here exploring the countryside and taking the train from Aylesford to spend an exhausting day in London. It was such a relief to return to the calming atmosphere of this vast religious complex. Cannot recommend highly enough for any traveller wanting to sight-see like a tourist during the day and retreat into heavenly serenity in the evening.

Maria and Colin Drew from Long Grove, United States16 Jul 2019

What a peaceful place. Don't come here if you want to party, but for a cosy (but no frills), peaceful, atmospheric, friendly and spiritual place situated in the midst of history, look no further. After racing around Europe for 2 weeks it was almost a relief to land at The Friars to wind down, rest and relax. We arrived home fully rejuvenated. Thank you to the wonderful staff.

The Friars
Aylesford Kent ME20 7BX

Set in the heart of Kent, England, The Friars - Aylesford Priory - is an ancient religious house of the Order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th Century. Many people visit The Friars on pilgrimage, perhaps as part of a Parish Pilgrimage or on an organised Pilgrimage Day. Some travellers stop over on their way to Canterbury, following the ancient Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury Cathedral. Tourists and visitors to the area are also welcome to stay overnight.

The Friars was a traditional pilgrim's stopover in medieval times and, in fact, the Pilgrims' Hall, the oldest building at The Friars, is so named because it offered hospitality and accommodation to travellers on their way to Canterbury and to those walking the Via Francigena, on their way to Rome.

This custom of offering hospitality to pilgrims continues today and each year a program of pilgrimages is arranged. The pilgrimages are focused around the Aylesford Shrine (Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) and the Shrine of Saint Simon Stock, Prior General of the Order of Carmelites in the 13th century.

Tourists are most welcome to stay overnight and day visitors will find plenty to do here. 




Room types Prices per room from* Remarks
Single with private bathroom GBP 76.50 inc. breakfast
Single with shared bathroom GBP 50.00 inc. breakfast
Twin beds with private bathroom GBP 116.50 inc. breakfast
Twin beds with shared bathroom GBP 100.00 inc. breakfast
Double with private bathroom GBP 116.50 inc. breakfast
Double with shared bathroom GBP 100.00 inc. breakfast
*En-suite facilities are few due to buildings being a Heritage Listed property. All meals are available if required.

Check In : After 2pm and before 5pm
Check Out : 9.30am
Checkin: After 2pm and before 5pm
Checkout: 9.30am
Closest airport
Gatwick 45km
Closest train station
Aylesford Station 5km
Distance to nearest town centre
Aylesford - 5 km
Distance to closest bus stop
Outside the property
On site parking
Street parking
Credit card accepted
Yes - not AMEX
Tourist information
Children & families welcome
24-hour reception
Check in: Between 2-5pm/Check out: 9.30am
Open year round
Services & Facilities
Daily Mass
Disabled /wheelchair access
Conference and Meeting Rooms
Audio/visual equipment available
Private functions
Cots, cribs
Communal televison
Special diets meal
Dining room
Public restaurant
Evening meal
Room Amenities
Toiletries including soap


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