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Absolutely unique!

The only way to realise how different/unusual/interesting this grotto is-----go there and see it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Crc746
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
A LITTLE BIT OF FANTASY IN MAGICAL MARGATE

Don't miss this little gem hidden away in a quiet part of Margate. Staff are friendly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
trickywoo12018
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Margate, 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...more
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33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The only way to realise how different/unusual/interesting this grotto is-----go there and see it for yourself!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this little gem hidden away in a quiet part of Margate. Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Great for all ages but there is a slope to get down to the chapel.

Thank trickywoo12018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really is a mystery why it's there but it is certainly very beautiful and i would reccomend for everyone to visit at least once

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth going to visit and understanding a bit more of our local history. Amazing the time taken to have achieved the design created and almost eerie to think what must of been going through their minds. A must visit putting yourself in their shoes...More

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Sarah V, Owner at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit, thank you Lynn.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend took me here, and when I got into the accompanying shop I thought we'd gone shell shopping. At the back is the desk to buy your grotto tickets and in you go. At first, you're presented with some information. A fair amount to...More

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Sarah V, Owner at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit Ben! The Grotto certainly is quite a spectacle...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an extra ordinary place. Discovered in 1835 no one knows who created these fabulous shell tunnels or why. No disabled access but they are hoping to make a video experience.

Thank AKD O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A rainy day option in up and coming Margate. Mysterious and eccentric.Tucked away in the back streets of Margate, finding it will reveal interesting aspects of this seaside resort. The shop has a wonderful selection of shells from all over the world

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why,or when.....all covered with sea shells.Was it a pagan temple or a meeting place for some secret cult?definitely worth visiting!

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Sarah V, Owner at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Tomasz! Pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous, weird grotto with no real idea of when, why or by whom it was created. Magical place for all ages and very close to Tudor House to make a fun morning for hildren and adults

Thank Helen-Sarah48
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard of the Shell Grotto, but it was only on picking up a leaflet in the Information Building, that we decided this was a must do. On foot, it is a little walk out of the centre, but extremely worthwhile. In turning into...More

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violetmedina
5 September 2018|
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Response from Peter L | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I am disabled and have trouble walking. However, I managed quite easily. Take your time. It is not a "huge" venue and I think you could manage reasonably well. There are no exceptional "ups and downs". It is well... More
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10 August 2018|
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Response from Cheryllegg | Reviewed this property |
As you arrive, there is a reception area where you can buy your admission tickets.
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No. Hope you have a nice time.
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