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The Shell Grotto

33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
+44 1843 220008
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Hidden Treasure

What a hidden treasure, great value for money and just long enough to keep the kids occupied. With... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
via mobile
A really good little trip to do!

The shell grotto is very interesting and pretty! It's almost unbelievable that it was so hidden for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike G
London, 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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“gift shop” (60 reviews)
33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
+44 1843 220008
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a hidden treasure, great value for money and just long enough to keep the kids occupied. With over 4.6 million shells it truly is incredible to see them all in the passageways. Shop is very good value for money too!

Thank KT81KAH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The shell grotto is very interesting and pretty! It's almost unbelievable that it was so hidden for so long! But the story is interesting and the patterns are really interesting!! If you're in Margate I would definitely make it a stop off :)

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here after seeing it on trip advisor. It's worth a visit as it's stunning and the history behind it is fascinating. Lovely staff and little shop also. Only thing I would say is don't come to margate just for this as you can actually...More

2  Thank Peta P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing about grotto is that nobody really knows how this place was discovered and most importantly: what was the purpose of it? It is quite fascinating. You won't spend much time there as there is not much to it, really but it is...More

Thank GlendaBijou
Reviewed 1 week ago

The owners of the place try to build up an atmosphere of a mystery. I'd prefer if someone just did a proper scientific dating of the site and the mystery would be solved. The place would still be interesting for what it is - an...More

Thank Marcin D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Albeit small, this must have taken an age and to be lost for so many years. It won't take too long to walk round but well worth a visit.

Thank Carol P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very unusual place, I've never seen anything quite like it. parking nearby can be a bit difficult but it is worth it.

Thank Enid19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really unusual place. Looks like nothing from the outside- weird to be in suburbia and this to be there! Love how it's really mysterious how it got there! Would definitely recommend!

Thank Imogen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having read about this place on trip adviser we were intrigued. On arrival we were a little unsure as it is the middle of a road of houses and nothing special from the outside. We entered via the shop to be greeted by a lovely...More

1  Thank Debbie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing attraction and well worth a visit. We saw it on TV sometime ago & decided to have a look, & we were very glad that we did. There's a very good gift shop & small tearoom. It is a bit of...More

Thank Caryl1948
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31 May 2017|
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Response from Maz S | Reviewed this property |
No. Hope you have a nice time.
jay s
5 August 2016|
Response from KadieandStu | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately it is down below ground level. Accessed by stairs.
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.