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Address: 33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hue, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Clairec58
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank 134Martin
Barnet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank hannah_sultana
Dorking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Follow the signs out of Margate Town Centre and tucked away up a side street is Shell Grotto. Its not expensive to visit the Grotto and it asks more questions that it gives answers why its there, but its so unusual its a must to see. The associated gifts in the shop are very good value, so much so went... More 

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

This is quite small but an interesting, mysterious, quirky place. Not too expensive. Worth visit if you are exploring the retro trail as its off Northdown Road.

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Thank 14Lavender88
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Fun family trip. Not a particularly long visit, but great to see. Offered information and colouring for the children and lots of information to read. Shells on wall are just fantastic

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Thank 617kas1973
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The shell grotto is unusual because 1) you stumble across it in an ordinary residential street, 2) there is still mystery around how it came to be and 3) it is an amazing work of art in its own right. There is a small museum at the entrance that explores the possibilities and how it came to be among other... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Its a nice small suprise in the town although its just for 5-10' Dont expect to spent a lot of time there.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

£8 entry for 2 adults &2 children. Recommended by a friend, Wow what a hidden gem. Entry is by a little cafe and gift shop. Descending down into a magical grotto decorated by millions of shells. Fascinating due to the mystery of how and who made it..!!

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