The Shell Grotto

Discovered in 1835, Margate's Shell Grotto is an astonishing find; 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 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

From the beginning of Easter school holidays to the end of October Half Term, daily, 10am to 5pm.

In Winter, weekends only, 11am to 4pm, plus daily during February Half Term. Check website for opening times over Christmas.

Address

Grotto Hill
Margate
CT9 2BU

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