Welcome to the Herne Mill website
is now closed until Easter 2015
Regular work parties
take place throughout the year
on Wednesday mornings
to care for and maintain the mill
Herne Mill in about 1938
This photo was taken by Celia Fossey.
She used to holiday each year with an uncle in Dover, who was blinded in WW1. She was about 18 when she took this photo on a Brownie camera.
The photo was sent to us by her daughter.
An Introduction to Herne Mill
A short video introduction produced by local film maker, Kiall Baker:
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.