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Address: The Grandstand Pontypool Park Trosnant Street, Pontypool NP4 8AT, Wales
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+44 1495 766754

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very very nice place to visit

very bery nice place to visit if you like very very long walks uphill anybody with walking probelms should not go there

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Mike W
Pontypool, Wales, United Kingdom

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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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208 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a lovely place and so unique.The Shell Grotto was finished in the 1780's and decorated in the early 1800's.and because of it's isolated location has stood the test of time - although with extensive and sympathetic restoration in recent years The shell decoration inside is lovely and it is almost a spiritual place to visit. The floor... More 

Thank gilwernboy
Pontypool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Not open often. Look out for Santa at Christmas. Magical experience for children. Look on Facebook for Friends of Pontypool Park

Thank johnekillick
Newport, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Stunning inside. A real treat to see. The walls and floors decorated with many shells. This grotto only seems to open around Easter time. Such a shame.

Thank Freezingwater2016
Pontypool, Wales, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

very bery nice place to visit if you like very very long walks uphill anybody with walking probelms should not go there

Thank Mike W
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95 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Only found out it opened up reading other reviews. I still enjoyed the walk up there and looking around the outside of it. Good views too

Thank AlexLS2000
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Walked all the way up to find it was closed, the walk up is over 40 mins, there should be a sign up somewhere detailing the opening hours so you DONT waste your time

1 Thank AT6Texan
Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

requires a bit of a walk, but well worth it to see the groyyo covered with shells, sometimes there are poetry events there

Thank angie j
Pontypool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The grotto is uniquely covered inside with not only shells but bones, believed to be deer and sheep that once roamed the hillside. Part of the Hanbury estate, it was once thought to be home to a hermit. Very quirky, but open for only a limited number of days, check with the park beforehand. About 1.5 miles from the folly... More 

1 Thank Jayne L
Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

This should be a must to visit if visiting Pontypool park in the summer months, as it is only open then. very intresting decoration and history!

Thank Mark T
Wales, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2016

This is a stunning and unique historical structure and is definitely worth the muddy and uneven walk. This was a former hunting lodge and the interior is made of shells, mother of pearl, bones and starfish. It was created in the 1700s and has been carefully preserved. The only two drawbacks is that there are two routes and both are... More 

1 Thank TheWanderingWoman

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