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Shell Grotto, United Kingdom

From series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
The wonderful Shell Grotto has placed in Margate, Great Britain. There is no accurate date of the building and the original purpose of the Grotto. It was found accidentally by local, James Newlove, in 1835. He wanted to make an artificial pond at this place. During the irrigation projects, he found an unusual tunnel decorated with artificial mosaic from sea shells. It was subsequently learned that the tunnels were leading up to the huge underground 20-meter corridor.

Shell Grotto, United Kingdom The walls and the ceiling are decorated with the mosaic form various shells of the unbelievable beauty. The researchers are sure that this Grotto was man-made. Although, who and for what built this underground asylum with the outstanding decoration, we can’t even suppose. The specialists counted that about 4 million shells were used for the decoration of the walls and the ceiling.

At first, the researchers suppose that this Grotto was built in the ancient times and devoted to the ancient gods. Later, there was a theory about the Medieval times. They thought that this place was an asylum for secret cult meetings. The mosaics on the walls can mean a lot and even can uncover some mysterious of this Grotto. Since the time when Shell Grotto was discovered, it was privately owned by Newlove’s family. At a moderate charge everyone can visit this place. With an excursion you can see not only all Grotto’s nooks but also listen to some interesting stories about its discover and researching works. To the beginning - Baalbek

Shell Grotto - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'ATM' located in 0.37 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Lobster Van Hire' is located in 0.7 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Shell' in 0.89 km
Supermarket: 'Justin Fruit Markets' in 0.19 km
Parking: 'Trinity Square Car Park' in 0.42 km
Apotheek: 'Central Pharmacy' in 0.31 km
Police station: 'Margate Police Station' in 0.54 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Mar Mar' in 0.22 km
Railway station: 'Margate' in 1.22 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Southend Airport SEN - in 51 km
 »  Lydd International Airport LYX - in 57 km
 »  Calais - Dunkerque Airport CQF - in 61 km
 »  London City Airport LCY - in 93 km
 »  London Biggin Hill Airport BQH - in 94 km
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Best hotels near Shell Grotto

The Warwick Guesthouse

Located in 0 km from Shell Grotto
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Rooms: 5
Each of the 5 rooms are light and spacious and feature a flat-screen TV, iPod docking stations and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms are en suite and come … More: photo, rates and booking
Westbrook Lodge Guest House

Located in 1 km from Shell Grotto
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Rooms: 12
Each cosy room at Westbrook Lodge Guest House has facilities for making tea and coffee, as well as a TV and a hairdryer. Mini-fridges are available … More: photo, rates and booking
Hussar Inn

Located in 2 km from Shell Grotto
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Rooms: 6
Each bedroom at the Hussar Inn is spacious and has its own bathroom with a bath, a shower and free toiletries. Guests can also enjoy tea/coffee … More: photo, rates and booking
The Fayreness Hotel

Located in 3 km from Shell Grotto
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Rooms: 30
The Fayreness boasts a range of facilities to ensure a pleasant and relaxing break by the sea, whether you are visiting on business or leisure. Take … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Shell Grotto - Canterbury

Canterbury doesn’t fall asleep after sunset. That being said, tourists need to keep in mind that the majority of entertainment establishments are located in the northern and western parts of the city. There are three nightclubs where visitors can listen to pop and rhythm and blues music. There is a university in another part of the city. Visitors can attend interesting concerts here. Besides that, there is a theater that regularly hosts various events, and local actors prepare interesting performances and plays.

The easiest way to reach Canterbury is from London. You can get to the capital of the United Kingdom from virtually any county in the world. Most capitals have direct flights to London. Having arrived in London, head to Victoria or Charing Cross stations as there are high-speed trains that depart from them. In just one hour, you will reach the beautiful capital of Kent County.
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