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The Shell Grotto, Margate

#1 of 36 in Parks in Isle of Thanet
Cave · Mysterious Site
Descend into the The Shell Grotto and discover 4.6 million shells decoratively set in 21 m (70 ft) of winding underground passages leading to a rectangular chamber. Read about the 1835 discovery of this mysterious place, and the guesses that have been made about when and why it was created. Let your imagination run wild, admire the ornate designs, and appreciate the dedication and skill of whoever put them there. Browse the onsite shop and pick up a souvenir inspired by one of the designs in the grotto. Visit the cafe for drinks and light snacks. Be sure to have your photo taken with the Shell Lady who resides in the cafe. To visit The Shell Grotto and other attractions in Margate, use our Margate journey planner.
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  • Total awesome place, not what i expected, a little pricey on the entrance fee but gift shop is reasonable and bought a few gifts and postcards.  more »
  • Always take friends visiting here... it's a special experience, totally magical down there, and I can't wait to go again!! The gift shop always has beautiful items, great for unique gifts too.  more »
  • interesting story, but parking difficult
  • In absolute amazement by this place
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