Weather Permitting the Pier will be open daily from 8.00 am with the retail outlets opening at 11.00 am. During the winter months we will close at 3.30pm

Traditional Seaside Fun for All the Family!

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

  • Weather Permitting the Pier will be open daily from 8.00 am with the retail outlets opening at 11.00 am. During the winter months the we will close at 3.30 pm
  • 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 ...



Mariia Zubyk 16 April 2024

Lovely things to look at-full crab kit for a tenner, including food, net and line 👍the free standing toilets smelt DISGUSTING! The beach was lovely and clean

Claire Lewis 14 April 2024

Always a nice place to go. Loads to do with the kids.

Craig Honeyman 13 April 2024

Not a bad place to visit only problem was the parking most machines are not working. Added the ap which was also a nightmare we paid cash machines are quite off-putting but once parked a nice walk along the bay.

Walter Bird 12 April 2024

Lots of things to do and different food to try at good prices

Victoria Doust 11 April 2024

Saw an incredible sunset here. 32 years I've been alive and I've never seen a sunset before...

DrakesVeryOwn 11 April 2024

lovely little pier good selection of gift huts and you can even get married lovely to see families crabbing

Debbie Bovey 8 April 2024

Very naysayers plaice for wolking

Serghei Leanca 8 April 2024

We had a lovely visit. So much to see and do plus lots of lovely places to grab a bite to eat. Wasn't too busy and had a really nice atmosphere. Highly recommend a visit!

soozy woozy 7 April 2024

We had a good time

Ian Glover 5 April 2024

Lovely pier. Little shops along the side, which is quaint and a few rides at the end. Shame it doesn't stretch a far as the old pier but quaint.

Mandy Smith 4 April 2024

Cute little pier with some independent retailers, fair ground rides, and reasonably priced food and drinks.

Lisa Simmonds 3 April 2024

Such a fun place to drink, eat and play games

Aditi Shenai 2 April 2024

A great experience, a beautiful place for kids.


Amazing beach and pier

Kerry potter 31 March 2024

First time excellent

DAVID SARSON 28 March 2024

Pier was open but the huts on the pier were not open. Always nice to stroll along a pier. It's well maintained with plenty of seats.

Jonathan Taylor 28 March 2024

Small but perfectly formed. The little retail village was a pleasant surprise. There's a stage at the end of the pier with a program of artists advertised

Jeremy Edwards 24 March 2024

It was nice, free entry , even the ice cream shop was open .

julie morton 23 March 2024

The pier was very nice, with different stalls to look at, and the coffee was good at a very good pruce

Annette Chinn 18 March 2024

Quaint little pier with lots of beach hut type stalls lining the stretch before you find a pavilion of food and drink stalls. There is also a few rides for smaller children. Fabulous views.

charlotte beeston 16 March 2024

Went to the bagel shack and had a salt beef bagel and it was delicious. Herne bay needs this. It was so good I went back for a Nutella 1. I will definitely be back the tea and hot chocolate was even good!

Genty Lee 14 March 2024

Try the fish and chips on the pier, always good and a little cheaper than others in the area

Ian Andrews 11 March 2024

Had a quick stop on our way to Broadstairs lots of great little shops to look at

lee jamieson 6 March 2024

Brought a take away coffee

Kirk Bottoms 27 February 2024

The beach is truly stunning, featuring clean, well-maintained gravel sand, and the water is quite clear with a sandy bottom. It's definitely a must-visit during the summer months. Conveniently, there is nearby parking available at no charge for up to four hours currently. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking. The only downside was that the pier was disappointing as it was closed and not available for children's activities, despite visiting on three different occasions. However, I would still suggest families visit this beach for its beauty and the wonderful walking experience it offers.

Andy Singh 20 February 2024

Beautiful day spent in the sun lovely place too visit


Not too busy, friendly people.

Ghulam Nadeem Sohail 11 February 2024

Love this Pier. Great in the Summer

steve dunbar 5 February 2024


Glen Fleming 2 February 2024

Ein wunderschöner Ort um im Januar die Seele baumeln zu lassen. Es war zwar kaum was auf, aber dafür Ruhe und Sonnenschein 😉

Steff Mik 1 February 2024

Very nice view from the pier

Tharun Karthik 31 January 2024

The best place to be in Herne Bay.

John Fisher 23 January 2024

Freezing cold when we went in the Winter, but still some nice shops set up, friendly people and a lovely crepe with a nice view!

Barry 15 January 2024

Прекрасно и приятно място за разходка, има къде да поседнеш или пък да хапнеш, ако огладнееш. Има прекрасни магазинчета по крайбрежната алея и уникален английски чай!


Windy so blew away the cobwebs this morning

Colin Huckstepp 7 January 2024

Had a really nice time visiting the pier for the first time, so much variety with the venders and the food selection was amazing

Andrew Davison 25 December 2023

First Pier (1832): The story begins in 1830 when two London businessmen constructed a landing stage to connect to the shore. This pier extended far enough that even during low tide, passenger trips could dock at all times, making it convenient for visitors to this popular bathing resort. Designed by Thomas Telford, the first wooden pier was an impressive 3,613 feet (1,101 meters) long12. It cost £50,000 (equivalent to £4.6 million in 2023) and was completed in 1832. The pier featured a sail-powered car called Neptune’s Car, which ran the entire length, carrying passengers and baggage. When the wind was insufficient, pier employees physically pushed the trolley. Unfortunately, the first pier faced challenges due to damage caused by the toredo worm and winter storms. London steamers ceased operating in 1862, leading to its eventual closure. In 1871, the pier was sold for scrap. Second Pier (1899): The second pier, known as the Herne Bay Pavilion Pier, was constructed in 1899. It was a remarkable 3,787 feet (1,154 meters) long and served as a landing stage for passenger steamers. Notably, this pier appeared in the opening sequence of Ken Russell’s first feature film, French Dressing. Tragically, the second pier met its end during a storm in 1978 and was dismantled in 1980. Today, only a stub with a sports center remains at the landward end, while part of the landing stage remains isolated at sea! Third Pier (Current Stub): The remnants of the third pier stand as a testament to its storied past. Although no longer the grand structure it once was, it continues to evoke memories of Herne Bay’s maritime heritage. The modern structure has also had a chequered past including a time when someone broke in to the newly created stalls and vandalised them and stole stock and cash! Herne bay Pier is a must-see for any visitor in the area. There are some rides that are fun to take in and drinking and food huts that offer many options, it's difficult to pick one because they're all delicious! The atmosphere is really fun. There are huts filled with unique products for sale as well as seaside souvenirs. In the summer time, there are occasions when there is live music that is available to attend. A charming Herne bay pier with everything for every person. A great place to go Crab Catching with your children! Plenty of reasonable restaurants that have something for everyone , and even amusement stand-ups. A charming traditional seaside town , with vibrant beach huts that line the shoreline, and some have distinctive designs. One of the best things about Herne Bay Pier is its retail village. This village has an area for 30 small businesses that are operating their business at this beautiful pier. In this retail village, there are many stalls where you will find clothes, craftworks, paintings, household stuff, and jewellery. Also, the prices for the stuff at these stalls are pocket-friendly. When I first visited in the 1980's there was a rollerskating rink on the pier!

john Hippisley 19 December 2023

Although the pier has never been rebuilt to its full glory following the storm in the 70's. They have done a good job of placing children's activities, micro pub, hot food outlets, quant shops, toilets on what's left of it.

Nick Taylor 16 December 2023

Every bit as beautiful and romantic in the winter.

Stephen Fletcher 15 December 2023

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