There are 17 Carmelite Monasteries in England, 6 in Scotland and 1 in Wales. Almost 400 nuns live in these 24 Carmels, their lives dedicated to prayer in silence and solitude.

The history of the Carmelite Nuns in Great Britain follows two distinct lines.

The sisters in Lanherne and Darlington trace their roots back to Belgium and were established in England in the 18th century. The second link is with France. The Carmels in London, Golders Green and Notting Hill, were founded from the Carmels of Lyons and Paris respectively in the 19th century.

Most of the other Carmels were founded from Notting Hill between 1907 and 1938. Four houses were founded from other Carmels in more recent years between 1953 and 1983.

There are Carmelite monasteries in towns and in the country, but wherever they are found they speak to the world of God and spiritual realities. The sisters value the companionship of Jesus above everything else. They are aware of sin and suffering, sadness and death throughout the world, and know that only Jesus has the answer. They are prepared to stake their lives on this. They want everyone to find the peace, love and happiness He has to give, so they choose on behalf of their fellow men and women to live out with Him the mystery of His life and death, through which all will come to His resurrection and His promise of fulness of life and joy. They unite themselves with Him "who lives ever to make intercession for the world" and their life's purpose is to love, and to bring all humanity closer to the Love of God.