The Shell Grotto
Discovered in 1835, Margate's Shell Grotto is an astonishing find; 70ft (21 metres) of winding passages decorated with 4.6 million shells.
The walls are covered in images of gods and goddesses, trees of life and patterns made of whelks, mussels and oysters.
Some think it is an ancient Pagan grotto, others that it is simply an ornate Regency folly; but with no definitive explanation or history, the Shell Grotto is Kent's greatest mystery.
Group Visits are to be Pre-Booked
Open from Friday 5th April to the end of October Half Term, daily 10am to 5pm
In Winter, open Fridays and weekends from 11am to 4pm.
Check website for other School Holiday opening times.
Credit cards accepted (not American Express)
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
Children: £2.00 (Child age range: 4-16, under 4s free)
Concessions: £4.00 (Concessions entry qualification: Students, Seniors (over 60), Registered Disabled, Armed Forces (serving and veterans))
Family ticket (2 adults & up to 2 children) £10
Groups: A 10% reduction on our regular admission prices. PLEASE PRE-BOOK.
Min visitors per group: 10
Max visitors per group: 50