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this is a creepy visit but also fun. A grotto made of shells in tunnels and there is a room a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Unique place for quick visit

Very unusual, unique little "museum" & well worth a visit.Interesting patterns made with shells... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clitheroe, 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 5 days ago

this is a creepy visit but also fun. A grotto made of shells in tunnels and there is a room a seance was done in. Its interesting

Thank BazRex
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very unusual, unique little "museum" & well worth a visit.Interesting patterns made with shells - history unknown. Sweet little shop + coffee shop with very friendly staff. Suitable for all ages, though set on a hillside so some restrictions sensible.

Thank 16carol
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this with my little granddaughters. It was my first visit even though I’ve lived here for years! Amazing place even though it’s only small, and fascinating to see. Not expensive to get in and a lovely gift shop and tea room. Well worth...More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s what you expect it would be. It’s cool to check out and the “mystery” of it makes it more special. Couldn’t spend much more than 20mins there in total though.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This unusual and very ethereal place is a delight. Great gift shop and cafe too. A real must see when in the area.

Thank Marian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Shell Grotto is Margate's mystery, no one knows when it was created or who by. At only £4 for an adult ticket it's worth the walk up the hill to visit. Lots of information is given, we found it very interesting.

Thank JackieW21234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Shell Grotto is very well worth a visit. It's intriguing and quite a mystery. Beautiful cards for sale in the gift shop. Take the time to see if you can spot the designs (you'll be given a map). Very atmospheric. Thank you.

Thank Sally M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place to visit. It's hidden away but well worth searching out.If your in Margate find it and be amazed.

Thank 879stevegil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our three children aged 11, 8 and 1. There were lots of ‘wow!s’ from our children (even the 1 year old) I found the grotto a little bit creepy personally, not sure what it was, perhaps the photo of the seance that...More

Thank Majid D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like fascinating little sites, this is for you! It’s a little walk through that is literally covered in different shells. There’s a little history about it too. £4 seems a lot to pay when you’re in there for less than 10 minutes, but...More

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5 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.
31 May 2017|
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Response from Maz S | Reviewed this property |
No. Hope you have a nice time.