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The Shell Grotto, Margate

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#1 of 35 in Parks in Isle of Thanet
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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  • ... If you have a thirst for mysterious places, you can visit this grotto for a 4.5 GBP fee (rather expensive for what it is worth); it has 4.6 million shells artistically arranged on the walls and ce...  more »
  • This is a quirky place. There is loads of info upstairs before you go down the stairs to the grotto. Some of the carved shells are absolutely beautiful. The handout provided as a sort of guide offers ...  more »
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