Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Shell Grotto


Thanks for popping in.

Today we'll be looking at Margate's Grade I listed Shell Grotto which was discovered in 1835.  Absolutely nothing is known about its construction but there are 4.6 million shells over its 104 ft length.

You enter underneath a shop  quite a way inland from the sea in a place you just wouldn't expect.  Walking down through the chalk tunnel  you enter the Rotunda, a circular path, go under a dome to the serpentine passage until you reach the altar chamber.  Let's have a look.

It's been open to the public from 1838 and lit by gas lamps so much of the decoration is somewhat dark.  In the museum room a modern reproduction shows what it could have looked like when new.

Hundreds of hours of work has gone into this grotto, it's very impressive.  Such a mystery.



  1. Wow, that is amazing, I've never seen anything like this before.

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    1. Such a lot of work and a big mystery as to what it was used for. Have a good weekend Jan.

  3. It is stunning, I have never seen anything like it.