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The Shell Grotto, Margate

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#1 of 32 in Parks in Isle of Thanet
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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  • this is a creepy visit but also fun. A grotto made of shells in tunnels and there is a room a seance was done in. Its interesting  more »
  • Very unusual, unique little "museum" & well worth a visit.Interesting patterns made with shells - history unknown. Sweet little shop + coffee shop with very friendly staff. Suitable for all ages, thou...  more »
  • I visited this with my little granddaughters. It was my first visit even though I’ve lived here for years! Amazing place even though it’s only small, and fascinating to see. Not expensive to get in an...  more »
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