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An unexpected surprise

It’s not big but the shell work is incredible. The history behind it is unknown but certainly a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
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Day out

My 6 year old son and daddy enjoyed visiting whilst I stayed upstairs in their seating area with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
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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...more
33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
+44 1843 220008
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s not big but the shell work is incredible. The history behind it is unknown but certainly a labour of love. There was a feeling of a presence there but not frightening at all a very welcoming feeling. The staff were kind and efficient. Definitely...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 388alistairt
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My 6 year old son and daddy enjoyed visiting whilst I stayed upstairs in their seating area with the buggy as you can’t get down with it. Both said it was interesting it’s definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KarenJ423
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fascinating place - most unexpected! Definitely worth a visit. Historically very interesting, but good for all ages.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 192kvh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My second visit and still is intriguingVery interesting place more questions than answers a pleasure to visit again

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank debbiewH7898IO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tiny but well worth the visit. Shrouded in mystery, slightly spooky, clad from head to foot in shells. Thoroughly recommend.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nomadtrailblazer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My parents took me here 55 years ago. It's a hidden gem which is glibly said but in this case it is. We could smell the sea as we went down. People had little to enjoy in the days when the shells where fixed in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank A3303XQpaulh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it doesnt take long to do but it is a wonderful look into the past.The staff are very freindly and helpful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wellerbigorange
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here with my young children and in laws. It’s hard to comprehend how there’s something like this that’s been hidden away surrounded by mystery. My mother in law found it a little creepy and actually wouldn’t go down- she’s quite spiritual. Once we...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Amy M
Reviewed 13 January 2019

Very interesting and so pretty. Off the beaten track slightly but not difficult to find. Doesn’t take long to explore.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank denles
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

Was pretty disappointed with my visit here expected a lot more from reading of previous reviews. Reckon it should be free entry with a purchase from the cafe this would be more reasonable

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank staceymariej
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4 September 2018|
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Response from Peter L | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I am disabled and have trouble walking. However, I managed quite easily. Take your time. It is not a "huge" venue and I think you could manage reasonably well. There are no exceptional "ups and downs". It is well... More
10 August 2018|
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Response from Cheryllegg | Reviewed this property |
As you arrive, there is a reception area where you can buy your admission tickets.
30 May 2017|
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Response from Maz S | Reviewed this property |
No. Hope you have a nice time.