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Feb 14

Herne Bay – Overview

Herne Bay is a seaside resort situated in the South East of England.   It is approximately 7 miles (11 km) north of Canterbury and about 2 miles east of Whitstable.  It is famous for its sunsets, its safe clean beaches, and for being one of the sunniest and warmest places in the UK.

During the early 1800s Herne Bay was a smugglers paradise and consisted of not much more than a couple of shacks on the beach and some fisherman’s cottages.  But during Victorian times the town grew into a prosperous and popular seaside spa town, famed for its “champagne” air and its healing waters.

Herne Bay now has a population of around 35,000.   It falls within the local authority control of Canterbury City Council but shares its MP with parts of the Isle of Thanet.

It is easy to get to Herne Bay by road or rail from anywhere in the UK or from the continent of Europe.  On the edge of the Thames Estuary, a mere 60 miles south east of London, the town is reached by the A299 or Thanet Way, a dual carriageway linking to the A2 at Faversham.  We are less than an hour by car from the Eurotunnel terminal at Folkestone and even closer to the major ferry port of Dover.  Trains to Herne Bay run from London St Pancras International or London Victoria.   The new high speed service from St Pancras to Faversham or Canterbury West, make Herne Bay less than 90 minutes away from the capital.  For more details see Getting to Herne Bay.