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Herne Bay East Beach

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Herne Bay East Beach - Kent

© Nigel Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Herne Bay is a quintessential English seaside resort with a pier, a promenade and a Victorian bandstand. There are plenty of good facilities to be found here including some excellent seafood restaurants.

East of the town, beyond the breakwater known as Neptune's arm, a short drive east will bring the visitor to The King's Hall. It is possible to park close by, and the stretch of coast between The King's Hall and Reculver is a good spot to come for long walks. It is also quite popular with kayakers, boaters and crabbers.

The beach itself is mainly shingle, and a number of groynes stretch out into the sea. Herne Bay east beach is backed by a sea wall and behind that, grassy slopes, known as The Downs are criss-crossed with a number of footpaths. This area is a haven for birdlife and has been designated a Special Protection Area for birds.

From the beach, the cliffs and romantic ruins of Reculver Castle can be seen.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Sailing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Beach hut hire

Nearest town

Herne Bay



OS grid ref.

TR 1850 6846

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Quality Coast Award