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The Shell Grotto

33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
+44 1843 220008
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A nice little gem

It's rather tucked out of the way but it's your looking to venture further into Margate town it's... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
rebz1000
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Small but beautifully formed!

Had never heard of this place before we were taken there today. Never seen anything like it before... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Martin G
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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The Shell Grotto is one of the world’s most mysterious places: a series of underground rooms and passageways covered by 2000sqft of exquisite mosaic created with 4.6 million shells. Discovered in 1835, nobody knows who created it, when, or why. “The grotto is simultaneously haunting and homely. It could be a lost pagan shrine or have ‘A Present From Margate’ picked out in the shells - it wouldn’t matter. It’s still magical, mysterious and (once it’s in your head) impossible to forget.” Far From the Sodding Crowd: More Uncommonly British Days Out, Penguin Books, 2007
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
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+44 1843 220008
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's rather tucked out of the way but it's your looking to venture further into Margate town it's worth a visit. It doesn't take long to go round, but it is pretty and a nice little experience. If you have got an hour to spare...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had never heard of this place before we were taken there today. Never seen anything like it before! Fascinating place. Very friendly staff and good value shop. Well worth a visit, the children loved it.

Thank Martin G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small but perfectly formed. Why was it built? So much work to create it but no records? Well worth a visit!

Thank Charlie A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small grotto style tunnels filled with patterned freezes of sea shells. tiny museum and gift shop. very friendly staff and worth a look.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting place. The grotto is quite small but it has has a fascinating story: in 19th century it was discovered by sheer luck, nobody knows when and by who has been made… it's a subterranean small tunnel with mosaic on its walls made entirely...More

Thank Jenika I
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

one of the most mysterious places, I've been. who did created these amazing shell patterns? Margate's suprise, worth to see!!!

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The Shell Grotto was another attraction our hosts at Glendevon House (Ramsgate) suggested to us. To be honest we didn't expect such an impressive exhibition. We were lucky as our visit there coincided with a local lady being interviewd by the radio. That was a...More

Thank Martin H
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Who would believe this was here . From the outside it looks like a shop that sells shell ornaments e.t.c . But when you venture further you are in a different world .

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

I've been to margate on day trips many times over the years but not really ventured off the beach. So glad we decided to look for random things to do. The Shell Grotto has been there for hundreds of years, ten mins from the beach,...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Really interesting find. Only £4 each to enter. There is a cafe, a small gift shop and presentation area. The Grotto itself is not very big but still a curiously amazing human achievement.

Thank emow2016
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LaurenL_724
31 May 2017|
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Response from Maz S | Reviewed this property |
No. Hope you have a nice time.
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jay s
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Response from KadieandStu | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately it is down below ground level. Accessed by stairs.
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dzanatta1
25 June 2016|
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Response from Jan C | Reviewed this property |
The Shell Grotto is not situated in the Old Town o Margate or Dreamland but on Grotto Hill.
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