THE SHRINE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR THE FEAST IN OCTOBER EITHER.
The address of the National Shrine of Saint Jude and Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is: Whitefriars, 35 Tanners Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7JW. The Shrine is open:
March – October: 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
November – March: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm
Faversham is served by four trains an hour running from London Victoria to either Dover Priory or Ramsgate. There is also a high-speed train link to Faversham from London Kings Cross - St. Pancras. For train times please visit the website of National Rail.
The simplest way to travel to Faversham by road is via the M2 (Dover to London motorway). Leave the motorway at Junction 6 on the A251 and follow the signs for Faversham. This will bring you to a T-junction with the A2 London Road. Turn left and continue until you go down the hill into Ospringe. Turn right at the Ship Inn. Follow the road and take the 3rd turning on the left into Napleton Road. Take the first left at the 3 Tuns Public House into Tanners Street. You will pass the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on your right. After the Church and Friary turn right into the large gateway and follow round to the carpark behind the Church. There are steps up from the carpark to street level.
To see a streetmap of Faversham please click here (the arrow indicates the location of the Shrine).
To access the Shrine
Having arrived at Tanners Street, come in through the gate in front of the friary and enter the Church via the Sacristy door on your left. The entrance to the Shrine is via a door at the rear of the Church next to the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Disabled access is at the back via the Car Park.
Faversham is a wonderful market town. Why not visit more of the town after your visit with us? Have a look at the Faversham Heritage Map, below:
A number of parishes and groups organise occasional coaches from central London to the Carmelite shrines at Aylesford and Faversham, both in Kent. For details of forthcoming coaches please contact the Shrine Office.
If you are planning to bring a coach-load of pilgrims to the National Shrine, you must please contact the Shrine Office beforehand.