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The Shell Grotto

33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
+44 1843 220008
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Lovely little place very interesting but lasts only ten mins but cheap enough and staff very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Norwich, United Kingdom
via mobile
Fascinating and weird

A very odd but interesting place to visit, quirky and charming. It is not a whole day out as it is... read more

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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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33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
+44 1843 220008
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely little place very interesting but lasts only ten mins but cheap enough and staff very friendly . Parking is on streets near by but rough area to leave car

Thank caltay
Reviewed yesterday

A very odd but interesting place to visit, quirky and charming. It is not a whole day out as it is small but sandwiched within a day trip it took around 45 minutes to an hour.

Thank Jesca84
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was told about the shell grotto many years age but I have never visited until last week. My granddaughter (aged 12) was staying with me and the weather forecast was not too good so I decided to take her to the shell grotto and...More

Thank Lin34_12
Reviewed 2 days ago

Really nice place for a visit. If you're walking it's well signposted from the centre of town, but just a bit further than you think.

Thank Janet G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a lovely inexpensive place to visit. It's full of theories of how it came about all very interesting and spellbinding to add to the imagination. Lovely staff there. Very informative and treat every customer exceptionally well. Totally worth a visit

Thank Emily S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'd call this a hidden gem...what a bizarre place, intriguing! A bit of a walk from the town centre but well worth a visit, very helpful and informative staff and a little shop selling all sorts of gifts and novelties made from shells. The walk...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having read the background story, this was an unmissable attraction to visit. However, the impact of years of gas lighting has reduced the appeal of the grotto which is now an elaborate succession of corridors decorated in grey and white shells.

Thank Aj8709
Reviewed 6 days ago

we visited the shell Grotto a few weeks ago on a morning when we had nothing particular to do. fascinating place with a hint of mystery and a bit spooky!

Thank Roberto F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The thing is, it's inexpensive. You will think you are getting lost on the way ( not far from old town but tourists always think they've ventured to far due to surrounding area) therefore adds to Margate adventure. It's weird. It's part of the culture...More

Thank GillianFF
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thus place is amazing and beautiful, and to think it was found like this, it's defo a must see, there's a lovely gift shop aswell as you excit, took some lovely family photos here

Thank cazza230178
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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
6 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.