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The Shell Grotto, Margate

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Descend into the The Shell Grotto and discover 4.6 million shells decoratively set in 21 m (70 ft) of winding underground passages leading to a rectangular chamber. Read about the 1835 discovery of this mysterious place, and the guesses that have been made about when and why it was created. Let your imagination run wild, admire the ornate designs, and appreciate the dedication and skill of whoever put them there. Browse the onsite shop and pick up a souvenir inspired by one of the designs in the grotto. Visit the cafe for drinks and light snacks. Be sure to have your photo taken with the Shell Lady who resides in the cafe. To visit The Shell Grotto and other attractions in Margate, use our Margate journey planner.
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  • Really interesting and unusual place to visit. Does not take very long as it is v small. Also a very cold place to seek refuge on a hot day!  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this place. It's really quite old and must have taken an age to create. No one seems to know how is was made and there's much speculation about it...  more »
  • We love it here fab place and v warm welcome. It is an essential must see in Margate. The time taken to make it must have been enormous  more »

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