Reculver Beach

Reculver Beach - Kent
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Recluver Beach is a small, tranquil stretch of shingle, backed by rocks and grassy areas around 3 miles east of Herne Bay.  The remains of a 12th century church, with its two towers, known locally as “The Twin Sisters”, make a romantic backdrop and provide an excellent photo opportunity.  Come here to spend a few hours walking along the many paths in the area, or just to relax in this evocative, peaceful place.

There was once a Roman fort on the site, a few remains of which can still be seen. After the Romans left, a Saxon church was built here, and later, the church whose towers we see here today. The grassy area behind the church ruins is suitable for picnics, or just sitting and taking in the view across the sea.
In more recent history, during the Second World War, the sea off the coast here was used to test the Barnes Wallis “dam-buster” bouncing bomb.
The car park here is reasonably priced, although visitors will need to remember to bring coins to pay. Access to the beach is via a slipway.  Children of all ages will enjoy playing at the nearby playground.

There is plenty of wildlife to see around Reculver. In the winter months, thousands of migratory birds gather here, on their journey to the Arctic Circle.  In summer, sand martins nest in the cliffs above the beach.
Nearby Recluver Country Park, is a 64-acre site, with coastal paths and circular walks.  It is home to some interesting flora and fauna.  There is a visitor centre (temporarily closed at time of writing).

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Sailing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Pub nearby
  • Promenade

Nearest town

Herne Bay



OS grid ref.

TR 2273 6934


Parking including disabled parking available.

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