Welcome to the Herne Mill website

Herne Mill
is now
to the public until
Easter 2016
(Sunday 27th March)

Further details below

Regular work parties
take place
throughout the year
on Wednesday mornings
to care for and maintain the mill

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.

£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.
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.

An Introduction to Herne Mill

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

Latest News
  • Work Parties

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

Herne Mill
Mill Lane
Kent CT6 7DR

Map reference: TR 185 665, OS Sheet 179

Website updated:
13th November:
Photo of shutter removal on 11th November added to Mill photos page
10th November:
Home, Friends of Herne Mill and Committee pages updated
6th November 2015:
Details of AGM added
16th October 2015:
Link to TripAdvisor's Herne Mill page added
27th September 2015:
Home Page updated - Mill now closed.
26th September 2015:
Last opening this year on Sunday 27th
27th August 2015:
Home page updated
22nd August 2015:
Mill closed on 23rd August
14th August 2015:
Home page updated
12th August 2015;
Closed on Thurs 13th August
24th July 2015:
Link to Herne Mill Facebook page added
21st July 2015:
Home page and Diary pages updated
Closed dates added
23rd May 2015:
Mill closed on 24th May.
Children's art competition prizegiving photos added.
21st May 2015:
Link added to Canterbury Times story & pictures of Art Competition prizegiving
10th May 2015:
Art Competition Prizegiving 17th May
Home Page redesigned
28th April 2015:
Winning designs for Art Competition added
25th April 2015:
New page added -
Children's Art Competition
with the 5 winning designs
13th April 2015:
Mill now open for 2015 season
26th March 2015
2015 opening dates added to Home Page
Committee and Opening Times Pages updated
30th January 2015:
Credits added to 1938 Photo of Herne Mill.
Photo also placed on Mills Photos Page
15th January 2015:
Photo added to Home Page of Herne Mill in about 1938

Herne Mill a traditional Kentish Smock Mill owned by KCC and managed by the Friends of Herne Mill
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