Shell Grotto

Local nameShell Grotto
LocationMargate, UK

The Shell Grotto is an ornate subterranean passageway shell grotto in Margate, Kent. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 2,000 square feet of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells. It was discovered in 1835, but its age and purpose remain unknown. The grotto is a Grade I-listed building and is open to the public.

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More information and contact


Official website


Phone +44 (0) 1843 220 008

Address Grotto Hill, Margate, CT9 2BU, UK

Coordinates 51°23'15.971" N 1°23'21.885" E

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