Welcome to the Herne Mill website
Open on Thursday afternoons in August
as well as Sunday afternoons!
Celebrating 30 years of being open
to the public this year
30 years ago, on 19th July 1986, Herne Mill
was officially opened to the public by Roger Gale MP.
The Friends of Herne Mill (FoHM) also reformed the same year
and are still managing the mill now.
is open for the
On Sundaysand Bank Holidays
from Easter until the end of September,
plus Thursdays in August.
Further details below or on the Open Days page
Regular work parties
take place throughout the year
on Wednesday mornings
to care for and maintain the mill
- no work parties in August, though!
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.
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.
£2.00 each for all adults.
Children (under 16) - free admission.
(Children under age of 12 must be in the care of a responsible adult at all times)
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.
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.
An Introduction to Herne Mill
A short video introduction produced by local film maker, Kiall Baker: