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The Friars is open for day visitors and for those wishing to overnight as an individual, couple, or as a group. The guesthouse has 100 guest rooms. Facilities include a dining room, tea shop, gift shop, pottery and 40 acres of grounds. The main area is 13th Century. A number of lovely Chapels are located on the estate and vast gardens are a popular venue for many events. The Friars is still owned by the Carmelites and the monks are also resident here. The Friars is equipped with Wi-Fi, however, it is not available in all guest rooms. A bar is situated in the dining room. One twin guest room is wheelchair/disabled friendly.

If using a Satnav to reach us please use the postcode ME20 7BY.
Attractions in the property surroundings: Museum of Kent life, Leeds Castle, Rochester, Canterbury.
Ratings & Reviews
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 the 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 person from* Remarks
Single with shared bathroom GBP 47.50 Breakfast included
Twin beds with shared bathroom GBP 38.50 Breakfast included
Double with shared bathroom GBP 38.50 Breakfast included
Twin beds ensuite GBP 45.00 Breakfast included
Double ensuite GBP 46.00 Breakfast included
* NOTE: The above prices reflect low season charges. Prices in other travel seasons may differ.
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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
Communal televison
Cots, cribs
Special diets meal
Public restaurant
Dining room
Evening meal
Room Amenities
Toiletries including soap


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