Top Attractions in Herne Bay
Relax on the beaches with a picnic or take a dip in the inviting waters. The stretch of beach towards Reculver is a haven for those looking for a peaceful hideaway.
Walking and Cycling
With seven miles of open and accessible coastline, you can walk or cycle to Whitstable or, in the other direction, to Reculver and Minnis Bay. Kent Cycle Hire provides bicycles to help you explore the coastline.
There is plenty to keep the children amused with our traditional seaside entertainment including mini golf on the sea front.
Reculver Country Park and Towers
The Reculver Towers is an imposing landmark on the Herne Bay coast. The 12th century towers are the remains of an important Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort and Saxon monastery. The adjoining Reculver Country Park is home to a large and diverse collection of plants and wildlife and offers lovely country walks.
The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
From Dambusters to Floods, Piers to Punch & Judy, the delightful Seaside Museum has plenty of surprises under one roof. Displays include local paintings, prints and photos, prehistoric elephant tusks and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife and a Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb prototype from World War Two.
Herne Bay Cultural Trail
The Herne Bay Cultural Trail provides an opportunity to find the historical and general places of interest in the town. Points of interest include the statue of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, designer of the bouncing bomb, and a large mural depicting famous people who have lived or been associated with the town.
Herne Bay Memorial Park forms an integral part of the town and provides a relaxing atmosphere. There is a small lake, children's play area, tennis and basketball courts and sports fields.
Herne Bay Seafront
Stroll along the promenade with ice cream in hand and admire the beautiful seafront gardens creatively designed to add a rainbow of colour alongside the clock tower. The clock tower is one of the tallest in the country and it is believed to be the first freestanding purpose-built clock tower in the world.
The Central Bandstand is an ideal venue for those who enjoy café culture and is also a focal point for summer concerts, other musical events and children's entertainment.
The Pier Retail Village
The pier retail village is a must for those who enjoy quirky and retro products. Open most days weather permitting, you can buy from a huge range of goods including quality crafted silver jewellery and beadwork, bags, hats, gifts for the home and art.
Just a few minutes' drive from the seafront is Herne village, once the haunt of smugglers. Don't miss Herne Mill, a Grade I listed timber smock windmill dating back to the 18th century with original milling machinery and displays of milling history and memorabilia.
A short bus ride from Herne Bay is Wildwood, a unique woodland discovery park and home to over 200 British animals including wolves, deer, owls, badgers, wild horses, bison, boar and many more. Ideal for children as you can experience close encounters with the animals and enjoy a woodland play area.