I can't remember when the idea of visiting The Margate Shell Grotto entered my head, but it's been there quite a few years.
So, to Margate, the shell grotto, and the paper guide:
- Discovered: 1835
- Number of shells: 4.6 million
- Length: 104ft
- Date of construction: Unknown
The Grade I-listed Shell Grotto opened to the public in 1838 and has remained a privately-owned attraction since.
As yet, no documents that mention the Grotto and pre-date it's discovery have been found: no correspondence, no maps, nothing to date the construction of the Grotto beyond doubt.
So, for the time being, theories on the Grotto's origins are just that: theories, .
We do not know who made it, when or why.
A walk through:
I couldn't resist applying some spooky organ music to the film.
Margate's... certainly living through 'interesting' times.