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The Shell Grotto, Margate

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#1 of 30 in Parks in Isle of Thanet
Cave Mysterious Site
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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  • Haven't been anywhere like this before! We were walking down a residential street when we came across it. Quite unusual. You walk through a gift shop and down some steps into a small grotto beautifull...  more »
  • It cost ¬£4 EACH to go down a hole in the ground covered in dirty dust covered shells. Not the place to go if you have a dirt phobia. It works out at about ¬£1 a minute to walk round and it's in a rough...  more »
  • Really interesting how no-one knows who did this or when. Makes me want to research it myself. I go every time I'm in kent  more »

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