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“bare with things- from little acorns............”
Review of Herne Bay Pier

Herne Bay Pier
Ranked #3 of 40 things to do in Herne Bay
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Owner description: An interesting pier with different thing to do on it
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“bare with things- from little acorns............”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

I know it doesnt look much but the pier trust has started to sort out a start of development to hopefully bridge the gap between the landward end to the isolated pier end 1/2 mile out.The middle bit was lost to a storm in the 1970's.
2 years ago there was an ugly sports hall on the landward end and only got knocked down 2 year ago!!I would say try and support the pier rather than criticise- it doesnt try to be like Southend but seems to aspire to be better and longer- talk to the pier trust staff for more info.
There are plans to put clear perspex in the central panels to enable clarity for the beach hut shops- ideal startup resources for small businesses and great refreshment outlets. This will be increased in numbers to reflect its success.Its free to go on the pier.
The last year has seen the helter skelter arrive with other fairgound stalls planned,so should add to the fun for younger people. Most recently has been the start of a craft/ farmers market with several excellent stalls from local beers to confectionary and meats.
So please dont judge the pier harshly, understand its problems and try and support it and the things that go on it,for its come a long way in the 2 summers since losing the real eyesore. That way it may be restored in time to its former glory. If you stand on the downs looking towards the pier you get the most amazing sunsets on lovely days.

Visited June 2014
5 Thank Sue C
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Level 6 Contributor
1,168 reviews
322 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7,587 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2014

Probably the worst pier in the world,not really a seaside pier,a few shop type units,but nothing to write home about.Shame the whole seafront seems to have gone down hill.

Visited April 2014
5 Thank bigbarryEssex
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Dartford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A pier but not a pier”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

This was a very last minute decision to stop at the pier on our way home from another destination. When we made our way onto the pier we was pleasantly surprised by the little converted beach huts which are now shops and tea huts, selling vintage clothing, jewellery, chocolates, cookies, bags, wood sculptures and ice-cream. Spent a lovely hour wandering the pier and enjoying a drink. There is obviously building works being undertaken as it looks like part of the pier is unattached and several hundred yards out to sea, but it didn't detract from the overall experience.

Visited April 2014
Thank Tara B
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Jesus wept!”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

There is now a 'village'. Assortment of huts which are blocked by a massive screen, so you won't see them. There is a tiny banner on the side of the pier. I know, because someone pointed it out and asked what it said. Make sure you have money, because the nearest cashpoint is in town, unless you want to use Cains cashpoint, which has a standing charge.
There is always a 'Pier Trust' thing. I cannot for the life of me see what they are trying to save, or finance?
This area is always totally packed at the slightest sight of sun and there is such a big opportunity missing here.
Get a grip someone...this is awful!

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Pete M
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worst Pier in UK”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Pier seems to be unfinished? Came here on a monday for a stroll and saw some builders standing at the end staring at a part of the pier which is about 100m further but not connected to the main part? There is literally nothing on the pier. Most probably the worst pier in the UK.

Visited November 2013
Thank Knguyen24
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