The imposing twin towers of the medieval church at Reculver dominate the skyline of Herne Bay, acting as a navigation marker for ships at sea. This was the site of one of the earliest Roman forts built against Saxon raids on the 'Saxon Shore'. It later became the site of an Anglo-Saxon monastery before becoming the parish church for Reculver. The tall towers were built in a remodelling of the church in the 12th century.
Much of the site has been lost to coastal erosion, but alongside the twin towers are the ruined remains of the early Roman fort.
Read more about the history of Reculver Towers and Roman Fort.
Before You Go
Access: There is disabled access to the grounds, via a long slope from the car park.
Opening Times: The exterior only is available for viewing. View details.
Parking: There is a charged car park next to the site, not managed by English Heritage.
Facilities: There are toilets available, not managed by English Heritage.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
After exploring the ruined 12th century church and remains of a Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort, why not continue the Roman theme at Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, evocatively situated amid the East Kent marshes. In AD 43 it overlooked a sheltered channel where the invading Roman forces first came ashore.
Just outside the medieval walls of Canterbury, you could also visit St Augustine's Abbey, one of the most important sites in English history. Marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, the abbey was founded by the saint himself.
Finally, you could end your day at the coast at Walmer Castle and Gardens. Discover how the castle honoured the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and enjoy homemade refreshments at the Lord Warden's Tearoom.
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