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Interesting oddity

A rainy day option in up and coming Margate. Mysterious and eccentric.Tucked away in the back... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Greater London, United Kingdom
Simply stunning!

Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why,or when.....all covered with sea shells.Was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tomasz S
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 4 days ago

A rainy day option in up and coming Margate. Mysterious and eccentric.Tucked away in the back streets of Margate, finding it will reveal interesting aspects of this seaside resort. The shop has a wonderful selection of shells from all over the world

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why,or when.....all covered with sea shells.Was it a pagan temple or a meeting place for some secret cult?definitely worth visiting!

Thank Tomasz S
Sarah V, Owner at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Tomasz! Pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous, weird grotto with no real idea of when, why or by whom it was created. Magical place for all ages and very close to Tudor House to make a fun morning for hildren and adults

Thank Helen-Sarah48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard of the Shell Grotto, but it was only on picking up a leaflet in the Information Building, that we decided this was a must do. On foot, it is a little walk out of the centre, but extremely worthwhile. In turning into...More

1  Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in because I'm a fan of all things mermaidy, but I was blown away by the mystery and intricacy of the grotto, maybe not for everyone, but we really appreciated it's beauty and it's very reasonably priced gift shop. The staff member we...More

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Sarah V, Manager at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So pleased to hear you enjoyed it; it's certainly an enigma!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

More people should know about this place! The Shell Grotto has to be seen to be believed. The intricate shell-work along the grotto which was discovered by accident in the mid-1800’s, with its origin still unknown adds to the mystery about the place. There’s a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The roads and pavements are very steep around the grotto. If you can find your way to Dane Road there might be a few spaces to park the car, which will be free. Grotto Hill leads off Dane Road and it is only a few...More

2  Thank Catherine T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, allow about 45 mins. Nice shop, cafe and friendly staff. This subterranean mystery is a real surprise and more extensive than I realised, not just a small alcove. Cost £4 per adult. Kids will love it too, very atmospheric. No one...More

1  Thank Lorna W
Sarah V, Manager at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review Lorna, pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed my second visit. The place is a must see. My only concern is that children are touching and pulling at the shells ( I Had to tell two children to stop touching )- their parent's were stood right there letting them do It,...More

Thank Mathmos76
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped over here on Sunday while it was raining. Well worth a look around, never seen anything like this before. Also quite a mystery as in such a random place, nobody knows why or how. Also has a little cafe and shop, but we didn’t...More

1  Thank uk_travel_girl
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5 September 2018|
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Response from Rachel S | Reviewed this property |
There are some steep steps down into the grotto itself so it could be an issue for people with limited mobility
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.
31 May 2017|
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Response from Maz S | Reviewed this property |
No. Hope you have a nice time.