The Shell Grotto

Discovered in 1835, the Shell Grotto is an astonishing find; 70 ft of winding passages decorated with 4.6 million shells - images of gods and goddesses, trees of life 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.

Opening Times

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.


Grotto Hill

Entry Price

Adults: £4.50
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