Welcome to the Herne Mill website

Herne Mill

is now closed to visitors until Easter 2017
Thanks to all our visitors 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.

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 are held throughout the year
    on most Wednesday mornings
    from 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:
26th September 2016:
Home page updated - Mill closed to visitors until Easter 2017
11th September 2016:
Home page updated
2nd September 2016:
Home page updated
4th August 2016:
Home page updated
25th July 2016:
Home Page & Latest News updated
9th July 2016:
30th Anniversary details added.
26th May 2016:
Mill Photo and History Pages updated.
Photos from 1932 and 1939 added
donated by Peter Lawrance
17th May 2016:
Home Page updated
12th May 2016:
Home Page updated for National Mills Weekend
28th March 2016:
Home Page, latest News & Photo pages up dated.
Easter opening, Volunteer of the Year 2015.
22nd March 2016:
Home Page and Open Days updated
6th January 2016:
Home page updates - new fanblades fitted!
4th January 2016:
Home page updated - work to fit the new fantail planned for 6th January
2nd January 2016:
Home page updated

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