Shell Grotto

Shell Grotto information

Margate , United Kingdom
Address
Street Grotto Hill
More information
www.shellgrotto.co.uk
Prices
adult/child £3.50/1.50
Opening hours
10am-5pm Apr-Oct, 11am-4pm Sat & Sun Nov-Mar
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Lonely Planet review

Margate's unique attraction is this mysterious subterranean grotto, discovered in 1835. It's a claustrophobic collection of rooms and passageways embedded with 4.6 million shells arranged in symbol-rich mosaics. It has inspired feverish speculation over the years but presents few answers; some think it a 2000-year-old pagan temple, others an elaborate 19th-century hoax. Either way, it's an exquisite place worth seeing.