Staying in a Monastery on the Augustine Camino

There are three religious communities along the Camino that welcome pilgrims to stay for the night.

Aylesford Priory is one of the original stops along the pilgrim routes to Canterbury. Founded by the Carmelites in 1242 it became a private dwelling at the Reformation but returned to its original purpose in 1949. The Carmelites welcome pilgrims who can stay in simple rooms with shared bathrooms and share their meals in the original medieval refectory. The Friars – Accommodation

Minster Abbey, one of the oldest monasteries in the country, founded in 664, it was established on the land that the pet deer of Domneva, a Saxon Princess and great grand-daughter of Ethelbert, could run around in a day. It was attacked by the Vikings but survived until the Reformation when the church was given to the parish and the other buildings used as a farm. In 1937 the monastery was re-established by German Benedictine nuns fleeing persecution from the Nazis. The nuns offer bed and breakfast in one of the modern buildings on their grounds and ask for donations to cover the cost. Residential Facilities – Minster Abbey Nuns

St Augustine’s Abbey Ramsgate was one of the first monasteries to be established in England after the Reformation. Designed by Edward Pugin, son of Augustus, the famous Gothic Revivalist and architect of Big Ben, the Abbey was originally home to a community of Benedictine monks who set up many of the local catholic parishes and ran a school. Since 2014 the Abbey has been a retreat centre run by Vincentians from Kerala in India. The Accommodation is simple and donations are requested. Divine Retreat Centre UK | (divineuk.org)