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The Shell Grotto

  • Margate
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Caves and Mines

Attraction Information

Discover over 70 feet of atmospheric underground passageways and a cool rectangular chamber, first unearthed to the landowner's surprise in 1875, with some 4.6 million shells mosaiced in mysterious patterns and pictures on the walls. Still nobody knows who made it or why! A wonderful trip for all ages, and one the kids will be pondering for a lifetime!

Why not go beach combing after and collect some shells for your own (probably less ambitious!) craft project at home? Strike while the kids are inspired and be sure to take bags for them so they're not running miles back and forth with one shell at a time!

It may not be a terribly long stop, but that's ok you're in Margate! Hit the DOWTK listings and check out the oodles of fun ways to extend your family day out right on the doorstep. Hooray!

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Opening hours

Open daily from 19th March from 10 AM until 5 PM (including Sundays & Bank Holidays) From 30th October hours change to weekends only from 11 AM until 4 PM


Adults £4 Child £1.50 Concessions £3.50 Family £8

Travel & Contact Information


Grotto Hill, Margate, Kent, CT9 2BU, England

Phone number

01843 220008



Click here to visit The Shell Grotto's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

The Shell Grotto has not told us about their parking.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

The Shell Grotto has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

No, The Shell Grotto is not wheelchair friendly.

No, The Shell Grotto have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

The Shell Grotto has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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