Welcome to the Herne Mill website

Herne Mill

is open to visitors on
Sunday afternoons from

1st April - 30th Sept 2018
and also on
Bank Holidays
... including 28th May

(any special events will be advertised on Facebook, Twitter and Evensi)

Herne Mill was officially opened to the public on
19th July 1986
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 - £3.00 / adults, £1.00 / children. Membership gives free entry to the mill on open days, notice of events run by the Friends 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
  • Cap turning again

    Following work by the millwrights, IJP, on 22nd May the cap is now turning automatically again.
    Heavy duty brackets were fitted to the support beam for the end bearing of the worm drive shaft to prevent sideways movement of the shaft. A spare fan blade was also fitted in place of the broken blade so that the fantail can now turn again.

  • Millwrighting work

    Tues 22nd May - Millwrights, IJP Owlsworth, will be fitting brackets to fix and strengthen the support timbers to the worm drive shaft and also packing out the end bearing to the shaft. Once this work is complete, the worm drive should be capable of winding the cap safely again.

  • Fan blade snapped off

    30th April - one of the fan blades was snapped off in the gales.
    Fortunately it was the chained blade and volunteers were able to make it safe.
    The following day, the broken blade was removed and the remainder of the fantail was lashed to the support timbers.
    Hopefully, a replacement blade will be fitted soon.

  • 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.

  • Loss of old Friends

    Sadly, the Friends of Herne Mill lost 2 stalwart members during March and April 2017.
    David Slocombe died suddenly at the end of March.
    Alan Francis died in early April.
    They will both be much missed.

Herne Mill
Mill Lane
Kent CT6 7DR

Map reference: TR 185 665, OS Sheet 179

Website updated:
23rd May 2018
Membership costs and details updated
Latest news updated
18th May 2018
Home page updated
Latest news updated -
Millwrighting work, fan blade snapped off and cap not turning due to problems with worm drive shaft.
12th May 2018
Home Page updated
10th March 2018:
Home, Committee and Open Days pages updated
7th November 2017:
Home page updated
16th May 2017:
Home page updated.
Mill photo page updated with1919 photo of the mill and copy of a 1950s painting by RR Tomlinson.
13th May 2017:
Home page updated - National Mills Weekend
5th May 2017:
Home Page, Committee & Open Days updated

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