South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, has visited the Grade 1 listed Shell Grotto in Margate and hailed the attractions ornate subterranean rooms and passageways “one of Margate’s great little gems”.
Discovered by the Newlove family in 1835, almost all the surface area of the Grotto’s walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 2,000 square feet of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells.
Craig Mackinlay MP, said:
“I really enjoyed my long overdue visit to The Shell Grotto and shop.
“It’s a magical, mysterious and beautiful place – one of Margate’s great little gems on the tourist trail in Thanet.
“I would encourage all who have not yet seen it to go.”
The Shell Grotto’s Manager, Rebecca Welby, added:
“Recently we found a stash of vintage posters in our archives and were able to sell these to fund three new roundels in the Serpentine Passage; since then we’ve had a surge of enthusiasm for the sponsorship of roundels.
“They make such a positive impact on the space - it’s an exciting transformation to witness, and we are very much looking forward to continuing with our conservation efforts."
The Shell Grotto is situated at Grotto Hill, Margate, CT9 2BU.