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The Shell Ladies of Margate

Welcome to Margate, our Shell Ladies. These larger-than-life beauties have been made by artist Ann Carrington, each of the 13 containing 900 shells and being named after a famous, or infamous, lady of Margate.

Below is our own shell lady: Fanny Newlove, discoverer of the Grotto and later its first female proprietor. She presides imperiously over the café.


UPDATE! 27 November 2008

The bronze shell lady, Mrs Booth, has today been hoisted into position on the end of the Harbour Arm.







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2021 SEASON

We've put together a FAQs list so you can find out all about booking tickets, our COVID safety measures and what to expect from a visit to the Grotto.

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TRIP ADVISOR AWARD 2020

We're pleased and proud to say that we have been awarded a 2020 Traveller's Choice Award, putting us in the top 10% of attractions on the site worldwide.

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IN MEMORY:
CHRIS PEARSON

We're incredibly saddened by the death of Chris Pearson, who has died at the age of 68. Chris served as an archivist for both the Shell Grotto and Margate Caves.

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