Candy floss stands, penny arcades and a beautiful beach are all a stroll away from holiday cottages in Herne Bay. This classic Kent seaside town lies on the coast between Whitstable and Margate. After starting life as a shipping community for passengers and goods on their way from London to Dover and Canterbury, Herne Bay developed into a popular resort in the early 19th century. With its promenade, pleasure pier and two-mile stretch of sand and shingle, it remains one of Southeast England’s most idyllic spots for a break on the coast.
Backed by colourfully painted beach huts, gardens and a bandstand, the beach is perfect for long days by the sea. Self-catering holidays in Herne Bay are also a great excuse to enjoy nostalgic seaside attractions including helter-skelters, crazy golf and Punch and Judy shows. There are excellent events to look out for including Sci Fi by the Sea and the spectacular Southeast Airshow. And for a glimpse into the town’s Victorian heyday, pop into the Seaside Museum, featuring remarkable displays of holiday memorabilia.
The town centre is home to a variety of independent businesses including La De Da boutique, Briggsy’s Antique Emporium and Ophelia’s gift shop. There are outstanding places to eat, too, including renowned Casa Mia pizzeria and the long-standing local favourite Makcari’s. Wandering around Herne Bay, you will notice striking landmarks such as the world’s first freestanding clock tower on the seafront. There are also a number of lovely green spaces. Don’t miss Herne Bay Memorial Park with its lake, play areas and gardens, or the clifftop paths through Waltrop Gardens and Reculver Country Park.
A holiday cottage in Herne Bay is hard to beat if you want to explore the county of Kent. Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate and Canterbury can all be reached in less than hour, while trains to central London take less than 90 minutes.