The Friars - Welcome

The Carmelite community at Aylesford Priory bids you welcome to our ancient home!

When the friars returned to Aylesford in 1949 it was never with the intention that it should become a place of pilgrimage. However, as soon as we arrived home, so the people began to come to pray and to help with the enormous task of rebuilding and restoring the Priory. Today many thousands come on organised pilgrimages or alone, some for a time of retreat or relaxation, some for meetings or conferences. Some simply wander in from the road and are taken into the unique atmosphere of prayer and hospitality which is The Friars.


You have joined the increasing number of visitors who are making their way here from all over the world through the internet. We hope that you will take time to follow the various links and perhaps, before you leave, you will spend a few moments in prayer for the intentions of the Shrine and so become part of that vast sea of prayer which rises each year from the restored shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Simon Stock. Visitors are asked to pray for the following intentions:

  • a renewal of the spirit of faith;
  • that everyone may find truth and meaning in their lives;
  • for reconciliation, unity and peace;
  • for the intentions of all the pilgrims that come to The Friars

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The Friars, Aylesford
Kent ME20 7BX

Tel: 01622 717272
Fax: 01622 715575
Email: contact

Please note that dogs, other than guide dogs, are not allowed in the grounds of the Priory