1. South East and London
  2. Kent
  3. Aylesford

About The Friars Aylesford

Aylesford is home to a community of Carmelite Friars. The Friars is three miles north west of Maidstone on the River Medway. It is a popular centre of pilgrimage, welcoming pilgrims of all faiths and none.

The Priory, or The Friars to use its traditional name, was founded in 1242 and today is a blend of medieval and modern said to be one of Kent's hidden historic treasures.

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful grounds and stunning medieval buildings, and enjoy walks through the Peace Garden and Rosary Way.

Claim & Manage Attraction ListingTick Icon

Buildings from the 13th Century

The oldest part of The Friars is our medieval courtyard. Here you will find the Pilgrims' Hall, where you can enjoy a delicous homemade lunch.

Regular events

We hold multiple events throughout the year, suitable for all ages!

Walk in nature

Explore our stunning grounds, Rosary way, the Peace garden, and you can even by duck food!

Tick Icon


  • TOILETS iconToilets
  • FREE_WIFI iconFree Wifi
  • GIFT_SHOP iconGift Shop
  • CHANGING_ROOMS iconChanging Rooms
  • ONSITE_PARKING iconOnsite Parking
  • ACCESSIBLE_TOILETS iconAccessible Toilets
  • BABY_CHANGING iconBaby Changing
  • FOOD_AVAILABLE iconFood Available
  • WHEELCHAIR_FRIENDLY iconWheelchair Friendly
  • PUSHCHAIR_FRIENDLY iconPushchair Friendly
Timer Icon

Opening Times

Regular Times
  • Monday, 09:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday, 09:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday, 09:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday, 09:00 - 17:00
  • Friday, 09:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday, 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday, 09:00 - 17:00

During the darker months the opening of the Tearooms and Giftshop differ.

Ticket Icon

Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
  • Child (4-17) : Free
  • Adult (17-18+) : Free

Unless there is an event, it is free to visit The Friars

Book in advance for cheapest tickets

Find other attractions similar to The Friars Aylesford by visiting our attraction tickets section.

Timer Icon

Plan Your Visit


Stopwatch IconTypical visit time 2 - 3 hours

Tick IconSuitable for Kids and Adults too

Food & Drink Options

All dietary requirements can be catered for if booked in advance.

Please call 01622717272 for more information

Question Mark Icon


Yes, there is parking.

Pin Icon

Contact Details

The Friars
Aylesford Priory
ME20 7BX

For satnavs, use ME20 7BY If using public transport, our closest train station is Aylesford (about 25 minutes walk), turn left as you exit the station and then left after you cross the old bridge.

Tel: 01622717272

Visit Website
Pin Icon

Transport Information

Closest train station is Aylesford (turn right as you leave the station and right again after crossing the old bridge) approximately 25 minutes walk.

Our closest bus stop with a frequent service is Aylesford retail park

Tick Icon

Verification & Last Updated

Verified Status:Verified

This attraction has been claimed and verified. All information has been recently checked.

Last Updated: 12:32 20/09/2023

The Friars Aylesford Reviews

Day Out With The Kids - VIP Pass Advert

Recent blog posts

Beach Activities For Kids - Image
Jenny OsmondApril 19, 2024
Beach Activities For Kids

With summer just around the corner, many families are looking forward to spending time at the beach with kids. For parents, this can be a great opportunity to relax and unwind, but for kids, it’s all about fun in the sun! Beaches offer endless possibilities for entertaining activities that will keep children busy and…

Beaches Near Me
Things To Do
Mud Glorious Mud: 5 Must-Try Muddy Trails for Family Fun Adventures - Image
ShivaniApril 19, 2024
Mud Glorious Mud: 5 Must-Try Muddy Trails for Family Fun Adventures

Looking for a unique outdoor activity where you don’t mind getting a little dirty? Introducing the top muddy trails in the UK!

High Ropes and Outdoor Activities
Things To Do
Free Things To Do In Half-Term 2024 - Image
ShivaniApril 19, 2024
Free Things To Do In Half-Term 2024

With the May half-term coming, here are all the FREE half-term activities you can get up to with the kids! Indoor or outdoors!

School Holidays
Things To Do
Spring into Fun: Top Things To Do in May - Image
ShivaniApril 18, 2024
Spring into Fun: Top Things To Do in May

Looking for inspiration for things to do in May? Look no further than our guide to 15 of the best family events and things to do in May.

Events Near You
Things To Do
Brand New Event Coming To Manchester: The Hot Wheels City Experience! - Image
ShivaniApril 18, 2024
Brand New Event Coming To Manchester: The Hot Wheels City Experience!

Surround yourself with your favourite toy cars with the Hot Wheels City Experience in Manchester! Coming summer 2024!

Events Near You
Things To Do
Best UK Country Shows - Image
Jenny OsmondApril 16, 2024
Best UK Country Shows

Country shows and country fairs in the UK are a cherished tradition that brings together communities to celebrate rural life and showcase the best of British agriculture, livestock, and crafts. From agricultural fairs to horticultural shows, these events offer a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of the countryside. Whether you’re a farmer…

Events Near You
Things To Do
Things To Do This Bank Holiday Monday - Image
ShivaniApril 16, 2024
Things To Do This Bank Holiday Monday

Looking for things to do this bank holiday? We rounded the very best! From flower shows and afternoon teas to fairy trails and more!

Events Near You
Family Fun
Things To Do
From Screen to Plate: Discover the Magic of Taste Film London 2024 - Image
OliviaApril 15, 2024
From Screen to Plate: Discover the Magic of Taste Film London 2024

Watch and taste your favourite films at the same time! Curious much? Find out all you need to know about the immersive, Taste London…

Escape Rooms and Immersive Experiences
Things To Do