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The Shell Grotto

33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
+44 1843 220008
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Quirky attraction

'Wow!' That's what you will be saying! It is an unconventional place! If you were in Margate visit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jone P
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London, United Kingdom
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Fascinating place!

I've never seen anything like this place, it's worth going to show the kids just once. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
craigedwards45
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Toronto, Canada
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  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
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“gift shop” (55 reviews)
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33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

'Wow!' That's what you will be saying! It is an unconventional place! If you were in Margate visit it but please do not touch the walls!!! Follow the instructions! Price for adult £4 in May 2017, a worthy amount. It has a coffee shop and...More

Thank Jone P
Reviewed yesterday

I've never seen anything like this place, it's worth going to show the kids just once. Beautiful. I'm still wondering how it got there!

Thank craigedwards45
Reviewed 2 days ago

"Quirky" "unusual" "bizarre" - just some of the words I'd use to describe the Shell Grotto. It's a fascinating place, unlike anything you've seen before. The gift shop has a surprisingly wide range of items, very reasonably priced.

Thank Mediatwin
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Shell Grotto is a must-see place. We made a special side-trip from a visit to Canterbury (only 30 minutes by train) and it's well worth it. Walking distance from Margate railway station. From a cute shell shop/tea room in a nondescript residential area you...More

Thank cl1811
Reviewed 5 days ago

Made one wonder at the workmanship and why it was made. A vast collection of intricately placed shells, question of Faith perhaps?

Thank raymond_goodwin415
Reviewed 6 days ago

Small and quaint nice gift shop selling a range of goods cheap to expensive. We were expecting something a lot bigger but it's a quirky place that took an hour to visit including shop and a drink

Thank Audra K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not sure what to expect but enjoyed our visit at this somewhat bizarre place in what is in effect in the middle of a residential area under a house. As this place is small an average visit will probably take about 30 mins...More

Thank busygirl6
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unusual tourist attraction, an unexplained grotto with designs on the walls made of shells. Can speculate as to why they are there, but the question seems to be unanswerable. Staff are friendly and obviously enthusiastic about the site. Well worth the 4 quid and the...More

Thank Dean S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden gem in Margate, this place is amazing when you think of how long it must have taken to make & nobody knows how long, when or why it was made. We really liked seeing this, nice little shop with snacks & drinks at a...More

Thank whitbyabi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Margate and ended up having a kind of 'George Clark's Amazing Spaces' weekend (Bus cafe, converted garage to stay in, and here -which was actually on the program)! Easy to find, and cheap to enter. Great little museum/ information part and a...More

Thank Jacqueline F
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jay s
are mobility scooters allowed around the shell grotto or are they not suitable for this attraction ?
5 August 2016|
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Response from KadieandStu | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately it is down below ground level. Accessed by stairs.
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dzanatta1
Is the shell grotto located in the old town of Margate or in Dreamland?
25 June 2016|
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Response from Jan C | Reviewed this property |
The Shell Grotto is not situated in the Old Town o Margate or Dreamland but on Grotto Hill.
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steve w
Are dogs allowed in?
27 November 2015|
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Response from Paul T | Reviewed this property |
If it is guide dog probably yes otherwise no
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