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Not really sure how to describe this and do it justice but it’s something you really should see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Eerie and fabulous!

Wow, this really is a spooky little gem! It does take about two minutes to walk around but I loved... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Herne Bay, 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 2 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

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. My...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Thank charlieburrow99
Sarah V, Manager at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your lovely review, pleased you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PaulSuttle
Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible place. Quite speechless. Really highly recommend a visit. Hard to imagine actualky how it was all done

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dragonette2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

The effort required to create this place is spectacular and the mystery surrounding its origins are thought provoking. I have visited several times with friends visiting Margate. It does not take long and should not be missed.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank KiwiLegend999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a special place. An underground grotto beautifully decorated in shells. I loved the fact that no one knows when it was created or why and it was just randomly discovered in the 1800s. Such a stunning, magical treasure which lets the imagination...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JWatermelon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shells are arranged in intricate patterns and are very eye-catching, but the grotto itself is very small, and if there are more than a few people in the corridors, it quickly feels crowded.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank DeedeeDavies
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve always wanted to see the Shell Grotto and my husband took me for a birthday treat today. It’s a bit tricky to find ;(although loads of signs and great directions) as it looks like a shell shop from outside. It was creepy and fascinating....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank strawberrygiraffe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The shell grotto is an interesting place with intricate designs on the walls. It’s worth a visit and the gift shop also contains some nice items

Date of experience: November 2018
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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.