Santa’s Grotto on The Pier

Traditional Seaside Fun for All the Family!

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm Weather Permitting. Individual huts may have different opening times. Please check with them directly.

Herne Bay Pier

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Herne Bay Pier

Herne Bay Pier is a bright, colourful, bustling place where fun can be found for all the family; where you can choose from a wide range of delicious meals & snacks, have a drink, ride an old fashioned fairground horses, have a go on the helter-skelter, browse the numerous, interesting retail huts or just pass the time enjoying the sea air and all that this traditional seaside town has to offer.

Herne Bay Pier is run by Herne Bay Pier Trust, a registered charity.

Opening hours

  • Open daily 10 am to 5 pm weather permitting.
  • Attractions are open at weekends, on public holidays and during school holidays.
  • The Retail Village and Food Court are open daily but, some may have varying opening hours.

Dates for your diary

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What our visitors say on Google ...


Great place to eat and drink throughout the winter months and nik nacks to buy.

james bailey 30 November 2023

Great bagle place, nice for a little stroll

brandon short 27 November 2023

This made a good morning out, there were Christmas market stalls which made it a pleasant stroll.

Pauline Butler 27 November 2023

Nice food outlets. And lovely shops with very different gifts.

Geoffrey Bullard 27 November 2023

Nice in winter. Better in summer

tracey laming 25 November 2023

Great views.

Phil Martin 13 November 2023

This quaint short pier has all the things you want on a pier, amusements, fishing/crabbing from the end, huts for the local vendors to sell their wares, tea/coffee huts, ice cream parlour and information boards. A really enjoyable hour or so spent here.

Paul Liddard 13 November 2023

Plent of small eateries and a bar , also some cabins selling craft and art products .

Ivor Willson 13 November 2023

nice place to go

Cheuk Cheuk 4 November 2023

Caught crabs

Damian Doran 3 November 2023

Прекрасно място за разходка и релакс.

Mariana Petrova 1 November 2023

Can't be beaten as a place to sit down with a cold drink and watch people on a warm sunny day!

Rosalind De Sailly 1 November 2023

Great public space. Good food choices. Sea views. Seating areas. Toilets. Fun fair too. Worth a family visit. Also holds open air concerts.

Robert Walker 31 October 2023

Parking is free from October to March so its much easier to pop here for an afternoon for fish and chips and a dog walk along the prom. The pier is a short walk but lovely on a sunny day.

Elaine Sheppard 28 October 2023

Lovely place to stroll

Trish Fernee 28 October 2023

Nice pier. Some stalls selling craft nits and places to eat and drink.

Lynne Blainey 25 October 2023

Well cared for little pier, with just enough to entertain the family for a morning or afternoon

Taz Manian 25 October 2023

Beautiful clean town. Pier lively and interesting. Public toilets are pretty grim though

Jackey Weightman 24 October 2023

Lovely seaside pier with entertainment and food

Mary MAC 21 October 2023

Great for crabbing.

John Kirby 17 October 2023

Had a lovely refreshing afternoon

Fiona Sifiso Samson 16 October 2023

IM here because IMA building a wall and doing painting and decorating for somebody I know do you need some done cheap

Ashley Bloomfield 14 October 2023

Nice afternoon with the family easy parking..

Stephen Buckley 10 October 2023

Good mix of fun & small shops. Liked the glass shop

Andrew Samways 10 October 2023

Tagged along on a No politics ride out with some really cool people

abbi droz 10 October 2023

Great pier had a few doughnuts. Very clean lots of sheds with original crafts

martine 9 October 2023

, very nice


Okay but money can flow out of your pocket very quickly

Alan Archibald 30 September 2023

We loved it! Such beautiful people.

Paulette Reeves 29 September 2023

Today I managed to get to the sea for the first time this year and only for an hour. Oh what a glorious hour I had. I missed the sea and the sand/stones between my toes. Thank you Herne Bay you made my week. I didn't go to the pier but I enjoyed seeing it.. and I got to see the original Zoltar Speaks from the movie "Big"!!! Very happy boy lol.. 🏴‍☠️❤️🔥🌞😎

Sean O'Meara 26 September 2023

Small but nice

Howard Coan 24 September 2023

Lovely place for kids and for adults too to have some fun, hot food, ice cream, some rides and arcade games.

Asef Mahdi Rakin 24 September 2023

What a transformation since I was last here. That awful monstrosity of an ugly building at the end had been removed. On its place are small beach hut shops selling all manner of wares plus a fun fair and coffee shops.

Andrew Barton 23 September 2023

Lovely old pier. Nice to take a stroll along. Great mixture of rides, amusements & little outlets.

Debra Harding 22 September 2023

Nice and tidy little seaside town with the uks old buskers singing songs from the 1960s. Pebble beach with enough room to park ones derrière should the tide and weather permit. I like the fact they have kept the old feel about the place and not destroyed the historical value it clearly holds. Kent should be proud of this little gem. 👏👏👏

Kevin Herring 22 September 2023

Free pier. Short but quite interesting. Small arcade of gift shops etc.

John Dealey 20 September 2023

My Grandson 🩵 Jordon loved Crabbing off the Pier.

Sandra Sobey 18 September 2023

Love it. Worth a visit anytime to chill out .

Ian Frost 16 September 2023

A couple of tea/coffee places. Friendly.

Bob Hodges 14 September 2023

Loads to see loads of walking also .

Melvyn Ingram 14 September 2023

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