March – October: 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
November – March: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm
Please note that the church is currently closed as it goes through some major renovations. Fr Brendan hopes that the church will reopen at the end of July 2019.
To reach the Shrine by foot (about a 10 minute walk), leave Faversham Railway Station and turn right into Preston Street. When you get to Stone Street turn left and follow along to the end, then follow the directions given below.
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 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. There are steps down to the Shrine; for access by wheelchair please contact the Newsletter Office who will open an alternative route.
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.