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Be beside the seaside

The coastal Kent town of Herne Bay has over 2 miles of beaches to enjoy. This traditional seaside area has plenty to keep families entertained, from an abundance of ice cream parlours to the immersive public garden. Photographers will love the rows of brightly coloured beach huts, while the promenade boasts the Neptune's Arm sea-defence jetty, and an 80-foot tall free-standing clock tower.

Blaze a trail

This section of the Kent coast is an ideal place to explore on bike or on foot. There are plenty of family-friendly paths and routes to try, with some of the trails themed. The Herne Bay Cultural Trail directs you around the town, seafront and Downs, while the Art Trail reveals the local public art and Herne Bay's historical associations with famous artists. Or you could discover oysters, crabs and Vikings on two cycle routes that run along the coast.

Roam to Rome

Looming over the bay is the impressive Reculver. Consisting of two towers of a medieval church, it was here that the earliest Roman forts were built. The site later became a monastery before being transformed into a church in the 12th Century. Around it is the wonderful Reculver Country Park, filled with grasslands and cliffs. It's also a great spot for bird watching. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Herne Bay? The Travelodge Canterbury Whitstable Hotel is just a short drive from the town and close to the bohemian fishing port of Whitstable.