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Review of The Shell Grotto

The Shell Grotto
Ranked #3 of 58 things to do in Margate
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 grotto is simultaneously haunting and homely. It could be a lost pagan shrine or have ‘A Present From Margate’ picked out in the shells - it wouldn’t matter. It’s still magical, mysterious and (once it’s in your head) impossible to forget.” Far From the Sodding Crowd: More Uncommonly British Days Out, Penguin Books, 2007
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This place is so cool – and is just a place of pure wonder. It’s amazing how they build it, and amazing that no one knows why! There is a small museum with loads of information, a souvenir shop and a tea shop. I loved looking at all the shell patterns. I would recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Interesting half hour on a rainy afternoon. Staff friendly and helpful and lots of things for younger children to do.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Tucked away in a side street, the grotto could be seen amongst run down and derelict buildings in a decidedly grotty area. There is nowhere to park, except, if you’re lucky in a side street. The grotto is interesting in itself, but underwhelming and expensive for what it is. The cafe is nothing to write home about, the view through the wide cafe windows resembles a war zone with a rusty barbed wire topped gate into a builders yard and builders materials strewn about, not the most pleasant of views in Margate.

1  Thank John F
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Sarah V, Manager at The Shell Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

I'm pleased you found the Grotto interesting in itself; we think it's quite amazing having been found in 1835 with no known history. It's a shame you have rated the Grotto against it's immediate local area-we don't have any control over that!

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful thing to do to get you away from the seafront, this is it. It's very small and intimate but the little cafe and cake makes it worth the trip. Not a whole day but an hour or two we'll worth a visit. Where else can you see a dinosaur made entirely of shells. The staff are smashing and friendly

1  Thank Kathy D
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Really interesting and unusual place to visit. Does not take very long as it is v small. Also a very cold place to seek refuge on a hot day!

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