The Shell Grotto

The Shell Grotto, Margate: Hours, Address, The Shell Grotto Reviews: 4.5/5

The Shell Grotto
4.5
Caverns & Caves • Mysterious Sites
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Pre-booking advised. 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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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LondonHeather
London87 contributions
Mar 2022
Wonderful quirky place, love the eccentricities of it.
Go and see thousands of shells placed in the wall in intricate patterns, mind blowing how long that must have taken
Written May 10, 2022
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Nathan
Portsmouth371 contributions
Apr 2022
What an interesting attraction in a residential area of Margate. How, why, when.... no one knows but well worth a look. Cheap to see, great shop above and free parking on the streets nearby.
Written April 17, 2022
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Simon
Harrold, UK15 contributions
Apr 2022
This is well worth a visit in Margate, fascinating and quirky. Literally thousands of shells in mosaics. Excellent shop for gifts.
Written April 11, 2022
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davethedrill
Hemel Hempstead, UK2,121 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Difficult to describe the shell grotto
Yes there are lots and lots of shells and it is a grotto
It’s the mystery and magical feel you have when in here that is impossible to put into print
Just visit
It’s a Margate must
Written March 19, 2022
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chrishordern
London, UK122 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
This place is awesome. Get yourself there for a look. It’s pretty amazing and the fact no one knows when or who built it (never mind why!) adds to the experience. There is a decent shop too for a few souvenirs.
Written February 17, 2022
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sce196
Cambridge, UK18 contributions
Feb 2022
Having paid entrance fee in the shop, head down the stairs into the caves to see the walls adorned with shells. Many of the shells are now quite dirty, but it is possible to clearly make out the pretty designs. Unless you are really into shells, you'll probably be in and out in less than 30 minutes.
Written February 15, 2022
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marita k
London, UK508 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Interesting place and well worth the £4.50 entrance fee. Also nice gift shop. Not much more i can possibly add to the review.
Written January 28, 2022
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Paul
Dartford, UK68 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Staff so friendly ,it is small there is some steps down not to hard to walk down ok for young kids .
I would say come here only issue is parking the car but there is some side streets.
Written January 23, 2022
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tizzicat
Witham, UK18 contributions
Nov 2021
Very interesting to see the shapes and all the shells. Interesting information board too telling you about its history.
Written November 26, 2021
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NaimahCallachand
Padstow, UK1,216 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
We absolutely loved the shell grotto - a real hidden gem in Margate. Really unusual attraction and amazing to see. Worth a visit and very reasonably priced
Written November 14, 2021
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