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THE SHELL GROTTO – a fascinating place to visit

There are plenty of great places to visit in and around Broadstairs, just a short walk or bus ride from the College.

One of these is the fascinating Shell Grotto in Margate, which is an ornate subterranean passageway. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 190 sq metres of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells. It was discovered in 1835, but its age and purpose remain unknown. The Grotto is a Grade I-listed building and is open to the public. 

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