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Address: Herne Windmill Mill Lane, Herne Bay CT6 7DR, England
Phone Number:
+44 1227 687487
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Herne Mill is a Kentish smock windmill dating from 1789. It is Grade I...

Herne Mill is a Kentish smock windmill dating from 1789. It is Grade I listed & is owned by Kent County Council and cared for by the Friends of Herne Mill. Herne Mill Opening Times: Herne Mill is open to the general public from Easter 2015 until the end of September. The mill is open on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 5:00pm with last admissions at 4:30pm (subject to the availability of volunteer staff). The mill is also open by appointment. Admission: £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. Access: Road access is signposted from the A291 Herne Bay - Canterbury road and the A299. 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 Disabled Access: Disabled access to the ground floor of the mill and to the museum in the Wootton Room. Disabled access toilet.

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I visited here on an open day I was given a tour round by myself and the guide was very knowledgeable

Reviewed 6 November 2016
June F
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

I visited here on an open day I was given a tour round by myself and the guide was very knowledgeable

Thank June F
herne bay
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

We visited the mill on Heritage Open Day so it was free which was a bonus. It is a work in progress as the shutters had been removed from the sails for repair. However there were extremely informative and enthusiastic guides to explain the workings and the history of the mill. It was probably more suited to an adult than... More 

Thank HerneBayCharley
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Fabulous tour of this superb 18th century windmill. The VOLUNTEERS are second to none. Very informative, went at my pace, answered my questions very knowledgeably in an understandable way. £2 entrance fee a steal. I came away really inspired to visit other local windmills and ensure I re-visit this one. Whole-heartedly recommend a visit for all ages....(NB :Some working parts... More 

Thank Arthur A
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Highly recommended. We had an excellent guided tour with some fascinating insights into the processes and equipment of milling. Very educational in an engaging and non-patronising way. Possibly not ideal for young children with steep, narrow ladders up to the third floor. Wonderful views across the bay and countryside. The volunteers who invest their time and energy into maintaining this... More 

Thank If_only_I_were_rich
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

It was so interesting to see yet another smock mill on our tour of Kent and this one dating from 1789.A smock mill was a windmill with 6 or 8 sloping sides with a roof/cap which rotated.This one was powered by wind then steam but not since 1980, we learned.Their base was usually stone or brick as the wood would... More 

Thank John L
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

No complaints quick and pleasant staff. I like the rapid isle very good idea and there is eating space out side overall a good experience

1 Thank leonie c
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

No many of these left and this one you can see it workings inside, worth a visit especially to young people who dont even know what they was for when you ask them... the last time i visited this it was in good order

1 Thank G F
Chatham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

Travelling around Herne Bay the Wind Mill is easily seen and looks amazing in the summer against a blue sky. It is open to the public but only on certain days at certain months of the year so if you want to visit the inside of the Mill you need to check its opening times. That said, I visited out... More 

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HerneMillKent, Herne Mill Committee Member at Herne Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review Carol. Lovely to hear the Mill is enjoyed even during the months it is closed to the public. Not long until we are open again for the 2016 season - we hope to see you then for a tour inside Herne Mill. Thanks again. More 

Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

I use to live right by this mill and have watched it grow to the beautiful mill it is today, well worth a visit and do join Friends of the mill

2 Thank Janet F
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

A lovely Kentish Mill run by very friendly folk and all volunteers. Open Sundays and really good value WELL wothe a visit !!!

3 Thank Brian E

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