The Shell Grotto

Discovered in 1835, the Shell Grotto is an astonishing find; 21 metres of winding passages decorated with 4.6 million shells - images of gods and goddesses, trees of life and patterns 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.

Opening Times

From the beginning of Easter school holidays (30th March 2018) to the end of October Half Term, daily, 10am to 5pm.

In Winter, Friday and weekends, 11am to 4pm, plus daily during February Half Term (Week beginning Monday 12th February) .

Check website for opening times over Christmas.


Grotto Hill

Entry Price

Adults: £4
Children: £1.50 (Child age range: 4-16, under 4s free)
Concessions: £3.50 (Concessions entry qualification: Students, Seniors (over 60), Registered Disabled, Armed Forces (serving and veterans))
Family ticket (2 adults & up to 2 children) £8

Groups: A 10% reduction on our regular admission prices. Adults £3.60, Concessions £3.15, Children £1.35. PLEASE PRE-BOOK
Min visitors per group: 10
Max visitors per group: 50