Welcome to the Herne Mill website

Herne Mill is now closed for the Winter
will re-open to visitors at Easter 2014

Regular work parties will take place throughout the winter
to care for and maintain the mill

An Introduction to Herne Mill

A short video introduction produced by local film maker, Kiall Baker:

Herne Mill

Herne Mill is a Kentish smock windmill dating from 1789. It is Grade I listed and is owned by Kent County Council and cared for by the Friends of Herne Mill.

The latest in a long line of mills which have occupied the site for centuries, the windmill is a local landmark on the skyline above the ancient village of Herne in Kent. It can be seen from the A299 Thanet Way, which passes nearby; from the Thames Estuary where it is a ‘sea mark’ and from the countryside around.

Opening times:  

The open season is normally from Easter to the end of September:
        Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the season
        National Mills Weekend (second weekend in May) open Saturday and Sunday
        Thursdays in August 
        Heritage Weekend (second weekend in September) open Saturday and Sunday - free admission 
Opening times are from 2:00pm to 5:00pm with last admission at 4.30pm.
The mill is also open by appointment. To make an appointment please go to the Contact Us section.

£1.00 each for all adults.
Children (who must be in the care of a responsible adult at all times) - free admission.
Cash Only - we have no credit card facilities.

Closed Season Work Parties:
From October to Easter, the Friends organise occasional work parties at the mill, which are advertised in the Diary Section.
These are social opportunities as well as a chance to get involved in the mill maintenance (anything from cleaning to replacing curb teeth), learn how to operate the mill and how to act as a mill guide.

Membership of the Friends of Herne Mill:
Yearly - £2.50 / adults, £1.00 / children. Membership gives free entry to the mill on open days, copies of the Friends' occasional newsletter 'Gleanings' and the opportunity to act as a volunteer at the mill.

Road access is signposted from the A291 Herne Bay - Canterbury road and the A299.
If travelling from Thanet, take the turn off signed Canterbury/ Broomfield, proceed parallel to the A299 and turn left into Mill Lane at the windmill fingerpost.
Parking: Limited parking is available at the mill.
Pedestrian access from Herne Bay - use the Pigeon Lane footbridge over the A299, turn right into Mill Lane.
Public Transport:
Rail: 2 miles from Herne Bay station.
Bus: 4/4B/6/6B Canterbury / Whitstable / Herne Bay http://www.stagecoachbus.com/uploads/CanterburyTriangleMap%5B1%5D.pdf

Disabled Access: Disabled access to the ground floor of the mill and to the museum in the Wootton Room. Disabled access toilet.

Latest News
  • Work Parties

    Weekly work parties throughout the year
    have now changed to Wednesday mornings
    10:00 am - 12:00 noon
    If you would like to help with gardening, cleaning, general maintenance or specialist mill maintenance (training given!) - please come along on Wednesday morning to meet us and volunteer.

Herne Mill
Mill Lane
Kent CT6 7DR

Map reference: TR 185 665, OS Sheet 179

Website updated:
30th September:
Home page updated - Herne Mill closed to visitors for the winter
22nd August:
Contact phone numbers up dated
Video introduction to Herne Mill added to Home page.
Photo page amended to include video.
4th August:
Thursday openings in August added
30th May:
Photo of Herne Mill in the snow added
17th May:
Home and Open Days pages updated
10th May
Home and Open Days pages updated
28th March 2013:

Home and Diary pages updated
8th February 2013:
Open Afternoon details added
28th January:
Visit Kent website link added

Herne Mill a traditional Kentish Smock Mill owned by KCC
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