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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 on your trip to Margate, use our Margate travel itinerary planner.
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  • Very interesting, curious, strange, magic, mysterious place. I went to visit it with my mind full of curiosity and questions and came out with a couple of millions of more questions. How they did it? ...  more »
  • Small but perfectly formed underground caverns covered in shells. Eerie atmosphere and lots of info at ground level to help understand it, although nobody really knows... Didn't buy anything from gift...  more »
  • I found for me the £4 entry fee a little steep compared to other local attractions. I found it an interesting find but so little is actually known about it. For the entry fee I would have expected it ...  more »