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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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  • August 21, 2017
    Further to an Antique Roadshow programme on TV we visited Margate with the objective of visiting the Shell Grotto which was shown on the programme. I have visited Margate many times during the 60s and...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Wow. Amazing. And good value too. So glad we came. The shop was amazing too and our kids loved spending some pocket money on treasures.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Very interesting and definitely worth a visit! You'll find so nicely done and different shapes and figures by different shells there, all around walls and ceiling...  more »

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