Just a few kilometers from the medieval city of Canterbury, and very well served by "the triangle" bus from Whitstable and Canterbury, Herne Bay is a beautiful seaside town that deserves a visit. We like to go for a walk on the long avenue overlooking the sea, visit the museum that tells us more about the history of the town, or simply enjoy a little stroll on the pebble beach. A great relaxing day trip away from the bustle of the much larger settlement of Canterbury.
Nestled in the heart of William Street, linking the High Street to the beachfront promenade, the Mascot Bakery is definitely the best bakery in town. With cheesecakes that are both creamy and crunchy at the same time, donuts and apple pie to die for, it is reasonably priced, and enjoying one of these pastries on the nearby beach is just heaven!
Located in the heart of the city on William Street, a short walk from the beautiful pebble beach of Herne Bay, the City Museum is an interesting place to visit. Entry is free and the museum explores the history of Herne Bay, focusing in particular on the town's role at war. It's fun for the children but also very interesting.
Extending over several hundred meters, Herne Bay beach, just a short distance from the city center, the High Street and its pretty shops, is one of my favorite places in the region. You can have a lovely view across the bay, and the water is clear and pleasant (although still too cold for my tastes), and you can try some water sports like jet skiing and water skiing. Lovely when the sun shines.
A common meeting point for tourists, the Herne Bay clock tower has to be one of my favorite places in this town. It's nothing unusual in itself, but it overlooks the beach and has stunning views across the bay, cliffs, small houses, windmills ... and is surrounded by many restaurants which offer tempting snacks and ice-cream. A great place to take a little break.
Located just outside the center of Herne Bay, the memorial park shouldn't be missed. It's a large, well-maintained park bordered by Kings Road and Dearing Road, and extending over several tens of square meters, offering visitors an oasis of greenery and freshness. Most tourists gather instead on the seafront promenade, so you can enjoy a quiet walk around the lake here.
A few hundred meters from the beautiful seaside town of Herne Bay, Reculver is the one of the main points of interest in the area. Easily spotted from the Marine Parade or Beacon Hill in Herne Bay, it's a pair of twin towers built in the twelfth century to guide sailors, clearly silhouetted against the blue sky and reflected by the turquoise water.
Located on the main street of the town, the famous High Street, you can not go past the Baptist Church in Herne Bay without noticing this beautiful building. Built in a Romanesque style, it is rarely open to visitors, but definitely deserves a quick look.
All along the beautiful central parade, there are well-landscaped gardens which offer a touch of freshness and greenery. These gardens are a great place to go for a walk, admire the flowers, and enjoy the views across the bay. Don't miss them.
One of the largest arteries in the town, and certainly the most popular, especially in summer, Central Parade is one of Herne Bay's most beautiful streets. A wide, pedestrianized avenue, it offers walkers great views of the beautiful long sandy beach, the sea, cliffs and nearby gardens.
Overlooking the pebble beach and offering beautiful views of the bay, the North Sea wind farm, and the cliffs in the distance, Beacon Hill is one of the prettiest parts of the seaside town of Herne Bay. We love to walk in this green space and enjoy the sunshine.
Nestled between the High Street and the sea promenade of Central Parade, two of Herne Bay's main streets, Mortimer Street is also worth a visit. It's always busy, and you can find very pretty traditional shops here.