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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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Shells Shells Shells, and more Shells !!!!!!

I've been to the Shell Grotto many many times since I was a little girl. It's beautiful and lovely and different and very special - well to me anyway!! Why is it here ? Who put it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to the Shell Grotto many many times since I was a little girl. It's beautiful and lovely and different and very special - well to me anyway!! Why is it here ? Who put it here ? No- one really seems to know. Is it just Rich Mans Folly ?? My dad said the Fairy Folk built it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably the most interesting and intriguing place to visit in Thanet. It is unique in the area, and I would think in all of britain

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing, fantastical place, that has been lovingly restored by its owners. Its got a great history, and really has to be seen to be believed.

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can sum this place up as quite small but as you go round it's a series of wow's. It's quite extraordinary and it's origins are mainly unknown. It's tight in the grotto and unquestionably not for those with mobility issues. It's really worth a visit. Didn't try the cafe as the eating choices were limited. If they had cakes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a walk here (its about 20 minutes out of the centre) and was instantly blown away by the uniqueness of the grotto! You have to go there!! The fact that no one truly knows why it even exists is an added bonus and the coffee shop is delicious. Great Day Out.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved it here. The Shell Grotto was found in 1835 and there is no history as to how it got here or why its here as there is nothing documented about it. The Grotto consists of an underground tunnel and its walls are decorated with strange symbols Mosaiced in millions of shells, well 4.6 million shells is stated but I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifull place, lot of shells. In the shop i bougt hand painted shells, fridge magnet, biscuit and coffee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing place! Even my 6 year old & 3 year old were fascinated. Who made it? Why is it there? Short walk from town, or there is plenty of parking in the nearby streets, very cheap for a family of 4. You can spend 5 minutes in there or an hour. There is a little area within the... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Poitou-Charentes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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