Local tide tables

Our published tide times are for Whitstable Harbour Approaches - subract 10 minutes for Herne Bay tide times.

Whilst every care is taken in the creation of these tables, the council cannot accept any responsibility for errors.

Alternatively an online version of the tide times is available:

More tidal information

'Tides' is a generic term used to define the alternating rise and fall in sea level caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and the sun and the rotation of the Earth


Each tide is a repeat cycle of sea level change, and common terms used include:

Flood: Over several hours the water rises up the beach.

High water: The water reaches its highest point and begins to turn. This is also known as 'slack water' or 'slack tide'.

Ebb tide: The water levels recede back down the beach.

Low water: The water reaches its lowest point and the cycle begins again. Along the Canterbury district coastline the cycle takes approximately six hours from start to finish.

In addition to the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, local weather conditions can also influence the tide. Atmospheric pressure and the frictional force of the wind can both cause an effect.