The Shell Grotto

*Open Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th November 11am - 4pm. Closed from Thursday 5th November. Please pre-book your visit* 

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

Opening Times

*Open Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th November 11am - 4pm. Closed from Thursday 5th November*

In Winter, open Fridays and weekends from 11am to 4pm.
Check website for other School Holiday opening times.

Address

Grotto Hill
Margate
CT9 2BU

Entry Price

Adults: £4.50
Children: £2. (Child age range: 4-16, under 4s free)
Concessions: £4. (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