The Friars Aylesford

Conference Centre, Maidstone
  • No. of meeting rooms: 9
  • Meeting room max capacity: 120
  • No. of Bedrooms: N/A
  • No. of car parking spaces: 250
  • Nearest Motorway: M20
  • Nearest Train station: Aylesford
  • Nearest Airport: Gatwick

The Friars (or Aylesford Priory as it is also known) is a 13th Century Retreat House owned by the Carmelite Friars built on the banks of the river Medway.
It is a popular centre of pilgrimage with a guesthouse, extensive conference facilities catering from 2 – 120 people, chapels, coffee and gift shop (housed in the 17th Century West barn), 13th Century dining room, a pottery and upholstery. We also have a 17th Century North Barn which is used for pilgrimage groups, schools, exhibitions, weddings and functions.

– Unique, historical venue
– 40 acres grounds
– Carmelites still resident
– Caring, professional staff
– Peaceful, tranquil
– Flexibility
– Home cooked food
– Charity

Suites Name Capacity (People) Dimensions
Theatre Classrm Boardrm Cabaret Banquet Ushape Rec.
HLWA
Conference Centre 120 -/14.5/6.67/ 96.72
This large ground floor room has plenty of natural daylight and consists of a welcome lobby, toilets, coffee/bar area, main room to accommodate up to 120 delegates in a theatre style layout and 2 syndicate rooms (one to take up to 15 delegates and one up to 25 delegates). There is a small stage area at the front of the main room.
Thomas Walden Room 15 -/6.91/4.51/ 31.16
Ground floor, natural daylight. Lounge style room with armchair and coffee table – only layout possible.
St Alberts Room 20 20 -/6.67/6.12/ 40.82
Ground floor, natural daylight. Can take up to 20 people in variety of layouts
St Therese Room 60 -/6.67/15.45/ 103.05
This ground floor room has natural daylight and will take up to 60 people in a theatre style layout. Other layouts also possible
St Simon Stock Room 80 -/6.64/15.94/ 105.84
This ground floor room with natural daylights will take up to 80 people in a theatre style layout – other layouts possible. Access from this room onto the verandah and lawn.
Patrick Geary Room 40 -/6.7/12.19/ 81.67
Ground floor room with natural daylight. Access from this room on to the verandah and lawn. Up to 40 people in a variety of layouts
Elias Lynch Room 10 -/4.87/5.79/ 28.20
Situated in its own complex with the Kilian Lynch room, this ground floor room can accommodate up to 10 people but only in a boardroom layout. Natural daylight. Not wheelchair accessible. Toilets
Kilian Lynch Room 20 -/6.18/8.38/ 51.79
Situated in its own complex with the Elias Lynch Room, this ground floor room can accommodate up to 20 people in a variety of layouts. Natural daylight. Not wheelchair accessible. Toilets.
North Barn 150 -/9/22/ 198.00
Fully restored 17th Century Barn available for weddings, private parties or exhibitions. Maximum numbers 150. There is also an extension marquee which can be booked. Due to the historic nature of this barn certain restrictions on its usage do apply.

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