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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
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I visited here with my young children and in laws. It’s hard to comprehend how there’s something like this that’s been hidden away surrounded by mystery. My mother in law found it a little creepy and actually wouldn’t go down- she’s quite spiritual. Once we...More
It is what it says on the tin. "A small fascinating grotto decorated with 4,000,000 shells". Interesting but for £4.50 entry I'd hoped for a bit more. However, that's my problem as they promised no more than they gave. It was my expectation of being...More
Not really sure how to describe this and do it justice but it’s something you really should see! Located on a normal looking street the outside gives you no idea what might be inside! No-one seems to know who built it or why which adds...More
Wow, this really is a spooky little gem! It does take about two minutes to walk around but I loved having the opportunity. I know of a few towns with tunnels (minus the shells) like this that aren’t open to the public at all.
amazing shells! amazing staff!! this place is just fantastic to visit for all the family. love the activity table and learning about the history of the grotto would absolutely recommend a visit whilst in Margate
Date of experience: December 2018
Sarah V, Manager at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for your lovely review, pleased you enjoyed your visit!
Very friendly place. You enter into a small coffee souvenir shop, pay your entrance fee at the bar and off you go to explore this rather small but amazing old mysterious place. Complete with atmospheric music. A real thought provoker.
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
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 worth the visit. I suggest you try it. If I can manage - most will! Enjoy your visit. Peter