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Address: 33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
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+44 1843 220008
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The Shell Grotto is one of the world’s most mysterious places: a series of...

The Shell Grotto is one of the world’s most mysterious places: a series of underground rooms and passageways covered by 2000sqft of exquisite mosaic created with 4.6 million shells. Discovered in 1835, nobody knows who created it, when, or why. “The grotto is simultaneously haunting and homely. It could be a lost pagan shrine or have ‘A Present From Margate’ picked out in the shells - it wouldn’t matter. It’s still magical, mysterious and (once it’s in your head) impossible to forget.” Far From the Sodding Crowd: More Uncommonly British Days Out, Penguin Books, 2007

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Unique and fascinating place to visit in Margate

A hidden gem in the backstreets of Margate. Well worth a visit. Small underground caves with beautiful patterns created from thousands of shells. Beautiful and intriguing.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A hidden gem in the backstreets of Margate. Well worth a visit. Small underground caves with beautiful patterns created from thousands of shells. Beautiful and intriguing.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If ever your in Margate do not forget to take a walk down to the shell grotto ... It's amazing ... well worth seeing

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very curious and interesting place to visit - I highly recommend taking a trip here if you're interested in oddities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You will feel like this is a surreal experience as it is unbelievable. The work and care taken by people so long ago has left a legacy!

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Thank Rebecca E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Margate with a group of friends for my 30th Birthday and I wanted to make sure that we did something out of the ordinary. This place was at the top of my list so I made sure we all got stuck in. It wasn't far to walk and the entry price was a bargain. The gift shop... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A really weird and lovely little gem of an attraction. Quite amazingly intricate cave decorated with shells. Would quite like to visit again sometime.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

This place is really cool, it's good value for money, £4 for an adult. We stayed in broadstairs and left the car there and caught the loop bus, which goes broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate, it's super cheap and u can hop on and off all day. Saving time and money wen it came to parking. The loop buses run every 5... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This place, somewhat hidden away from the main drag, is amazing. How did it get there? Who built it? Why?? So many questions, no answers but a great visit and not too pricey either.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Had visited here as a child and interested in seeing it again. Hidden away through some residential streets (follow the signs). Go up a hill and enter through the shop selling everything to do with shells. Not too expensive and lots of information about the place (many stories and legends about the Grotto's origins although they're not sure who built... More 

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Barnet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This place is brilliant if you want something different and slightly weird. It's easily accessible once you get there (and only about a ten minute walk from the seafront). Fascinating history. The shop is also amazing if you love shells, which I do!

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