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The Friars

The Friars is the home to a small community of Carmelite Friars, who first came here in 1242. The Carmelites left at the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538. However, they were able to return in 1949. Today, The Friars is one of Kent’s hidden treasures and in the last decade it has become more and more part of the county. Visitors can enjoy the breath taking grounds and stunning medieval buildings, enjoy walks down the Peace Garden and Rosary Way and children can feed the ducks or run some of their energy off. If you love history then this is the place to be. Come and experience the amazing work of art by Polish artist Adam Kossowski. Pop into the pottery to see local artisans at work.

For some religious inspiration or some quiet space visit the chapels ranging from the simple, medieval Cloister Chapel to the awe inspiring St Joseph’s Chapel. And when all the activity is over and you’re hungry, pop into the Tea Room for delicious home-made cakes and snacks. Or have lunch in the 13th century Pilgrims’ Hall where you can treat yourself to a sumptuous meal made from scratch and with local produce by our expert chefs. And the gift shop is perfect to end your visit to grab souvenirs or gifts for your loved ones. Experience tranquility and relaxation amidst breath taking medieval history.

During these unsettled and frightening times so many people are suffering . You will be aware that most charities have been affected. The Friars are appealing, that if you are in a position to give a donation, it would be very much appreciated by the Carmelites. We hope to maintain The Friars as a place of peace, welcome and hospitality for all. Please help us if you are able. Please be assured of the prayers of the Carmelite community who pray twice daily for all pilgrims.