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The Shell Grotto, Margate

Categories: Caves, Mysterious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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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  • Although this is only a tiny place and rather dingy, it is quite a curiosity. No one seems to know why it is there or what it was previously used for. It would be easy to scoot round it in a few minut...  read more »
  • It's shell galore and I loved it! It's hidden away inside the quiet streets of Margate. Staff were very helpful and polite. We had a baby so we carried him down to the grotto and it was fine, he loved...  read more »
  • Really, really, really interesting little curio of a place. To be honest, we were giggling about our impending trip to the “Shell Grotto” – it sounded highly unlikely as a tourist attraction outside o...  read more »
  • Very unusual underground cave experience. Shells cemented to the cave walls everywhere. Fantastic patterns. Interesting history. Great shell shop and good prices. Get someone a different present. Well recomended visit.
  • Really interesting place! Im not sure what I was expecting when entering but the amazing tunnels covered in shells from top to bottom makes this place completely unique!
  • Doesn't really take longer than ten minutes to look around, but definitely worth a visit. The mystery behind who made it and why is fascinating.
  • Over excited 5 year old loved it. There was a space with a table and colouring pencils.
  • This mysterious cavern is well worth the admission. No one knows its origins despite the hundreds of hours that must have gone into its construction. The shell mosaics are meticulously constructed. Unfortunately their original colors cannot be recovered, but a demonstration plaque created in recent times gives one the sense of the original.
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