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Herne Mill is the latest in a long line of mills which have occupied the site for centuries. It is a local landmark on the skyline above the ancient village of Herne and is a 'sea mark' from the Thames Estuary.
Herne Mill is a Kentish Smock Mill dating from 1789. It is Grade 1 listed, is owned by Kent County Council and cared for by the volunteers of the Friends of Herne Mill.
The mill contains original milling equipment, displays on the history and operation of the mill and displays of agriculture implements. The Wootton Room adjacent to the mill contains further displays on milling and the history of Herne Mill and has toilets for visitors (including a disabled access toilet). The mill is in working order and the sweeps (sails) will turn on open days provided the weather is suitable and there are sufficient volunteers to operate the mill. The ground floor and adjacent Wootton Room are accessible for disabled. There is limited on-site parking with additional parking on Mill Lane. The mill is surrounded by a colourful garden with seating available on the old mill stocks. Guided tours are available or visitors may explore the mill at their own pace.
Children under 16 free
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Road access is signposted from the A291 Herne Bay - Canterbury road from A299 Thanet Way.
If travelling from Thanet, take the turn off sign posted to Canterbury/Broomfield; proceed parallel to the A299 and turn left into Mill Lane at the windmill signpost.
: 2 miles from Herne Bay station