Herne Bay Travel Guide

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Herne Bay Things to Do

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    Herne Bay Museum, Kent, England.

    by planxty Updated Aug 25, 2013

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    These two things may seem an odd combination, but they are two of the main themes of the small but interesting Herne Bay Museum.

    During the Second World War, bouncing bombs were tested at nearby Reculver, dropped from Mosquito aircraft from RAF Manston. The finished product was eventually used in the famous dambuster raids in the Ruhr valley in Germany. There is an interesting display in relation to this.

    About half of the upper floor is given over to a history of the Punch and Judy show, with particular reference to it's use as a political instrument. I found it fascinating.

    Apart from these displays, there are various paintings and also artefacts dating from the Iron Age to the present day, including a copy of a 1994 record called "Where's Herne Bay?" Strange.

    Admission free and allow about an hour to see it all.

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    herne Bay beach, Kent, England.

    by planxty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Let's face it, that's what the place was built for, and it is still the main attraction. the beach is very clean , having won several awards. It is undoubtedly more pebble than sand which you may find an advantage or disadvantage depending on personal preference.

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    Clocktower, Herne Bay, Kent, England.

    by planxty Written Aug 31, 2005

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    If you are on the seafront at Herne Bay (and. let's be honest, that's the major reason for visiting) you can't actually miss this. It's not so much something to do as something to look at.

    It appears that the clock tower was donated by a Mrs. Thwaites, cost £4000 in 1837, and was once the tallest clocktower in England. More than that I can't tell you, but it is a fairly inpressive sight.

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Herne Bay Restaurants

  • by lindytoo Updated May 13, 2007

    Our local Wine Bar has just began opening on Sunday for Sunday lunch. I went today and was extremely impressed. At last in Herne Bay there is a venue for a relaxed home cooked sunday lunch. We tried both the roast beef and the roast lamb. They were equally tender and full of flavour accompanied by home made roasties and veggies cooked to perfection. Good value meal with a friendly atmosphere and great service.

    Favorite Dish: The roast beef with horseradish sauce and fluffy yorshire puds on a sunday! Delicious. Smashing lunchtime menue through the week too.

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Herne Bay Transportation

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    by planxty Updated Aug 31, 2005

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    If you don't drive (like me) your best bet to get to Herne Bay is by train. There is a good (half-hourly) service weekdays and journey time is around 95 minutes.

    The Station is about ten to fifteen minutes walk into the main part of town (the seafront).

    The town is well signposted from the Station and vice versa.

    The website will help you plan your journey.

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Herne Bay Off The Beaten Path

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    Reculver towers, Kent, England. 1 more image

    by planxty Updated Aug 25, 2013

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    If you walk along the Thanet coast, or even get the train on the London Victoria - Ramsgate line, you really can't miss the twin towers of the Saxon Church at Reculver. In a predominantly flat landscape they dominate the skyline for miles around.

    The towers share an English Heritage site with the old Roman Fort (see seperate tip) which I find quite ironic, as the Roman Fort was built to keep Saxon invaders out! Obviously, they didn't do a good enough job.

    The first Saxon church was built here in 669AD, although the towers were added later in the 12th century.

    The majority of the church was demolished in 1809 but the towers were retained as a navigational aid to mariners.

    If you are of a nervous disposition, you might not want to listen to the tale the locals tell about ghostly children being heard crying here. Perhaps it has something to do with the infant skeletons excavated underneath the Roman Fort - or maybe it's just a story.

    Update August 2013.

    I have amended this tip to alter a now defunct website hyperlink. Hopefully, the one now provided will work.

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    Reculver Roman Fort, Kent, England.

    by planxty Updated Aug 25, 2013

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    The reason I've put this as an off the beaten track tip is that it's a bit out of Herne Bay itself, but the VT system doesn't have the location.

    About three miles East of Herne Bay, along a pleasant coastal path, lies the small hamlet of Reculver, which is essentially now a group of caravan sites. There are two main points of interest here. The first is the Roman Fort, which I will deal with in this tip, and the second, the Saxon church, which I will compose a seperate tip for.

    Perched as it is now right at the sea's edge, it is difficult to imagine that, when built, the place was a mile or more inland. Sea erosion has altered the coastline considerably since then. So when was it built? Probably around 43AD, making it one of the first Roman forts in Britain, although then it was probably just a wooden structure to secure a landing stage. The Roman name for it was Regulbium.

    The remains you see now are that of a later period of building, believed to be about 210AD when the place was "beefed up" to counter the threat of Saxon pirates who were then ravaging the British coast. Although little now remains, it must have been a considerable fortress as we know that approximately 500 troops were garrisoned there.

    It's certainly not the most impressive Roman structure you will ever see, but I rather like it.

    Update August 2013.

    I have amended this tip to alter a now defunct website hyperlink. Hopefully, the one now provided will work.

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    King Ethelbert Inn, Reculver, Kent, England. 1 more image

    by planxty Written Oct 2, 2006

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    If you have walked from Herne Bay to Reculver (a pastime I thoroughly recommend) or even if you're coming the other way and have yet to arrive in Herne Bay, you may well be in need of some refreshment. This is just the place, this being the King Ethelbert Inn.

    Almost in the shadow of the Reculver Towers (see seperate tip) it is a very pleasant 19th century pub, populaced by a friendly mix of locals and (during the season) caravanners from the local sites. The staff are equally friendly and efficient, and the interior is full of all sorts of knick-knacks. My favourite was the collection of old projectors on the window-sill (see photo). I have no idea why they were there.

    I visited in mid afternoon when the kitchen was shut, but the menu looked quite good.

    A word of warning, though. once you get in, it's not that easy to leave!

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