Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach - Kent
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Hampton in the Herne Bay area, about 4 miles east of Whitstable, is a good example of a regenerated seaside resort - so much so that some locals refer to it as Islington-on-Sea.

The main beach here stretches east from Hampton Pier to Herne Bay Pier.  The beach, which is lined by pretty-coloured beach huts and backed by the Spa Esplanade, is mainly pebbled, with some sandy patches. 
At low tide a wide are of mudflats can be seen.  Small, picturesque fishing boats can usually be seen dotted around the foreshore.

Walking east, past the yacht club, a number of wooden groynes stretch out to sea - this area has a history of coastal erosion.  It is an easy walk from here to Herne Bay with its pier and other amenities and attractions.

Parking can be found close to Hampton Pier.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Jet-skiing


  • Toilets
  • Pub nearby
  • Slipway
  • Promenade
  • Pier

Nearest town

Herne Bay



OS grid ref.

TR 1597 6827


Parking available near the pier

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