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Through the Looking Glass

We recently discovered that Lewis Carroll came to see the Grotto, on this day – 28 September – in 1870. He described it in his diaries as “a marvellous subterranean chamber, lined with elaborate shell-work”.


In 1862 Carroll had made up a story for a young Alice Liddell, and she persuaded him to write it down. He presented her with Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in November 1864, and it was published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland a year later. So by the time he visited us, he was already a celebrity.


And this year, we’ve had visits from Jarvis Cocker and Paloma Faith (not together, sadly, as that would have been interesting!). Will we mark Jarvis Cocker Day next year, we wonder?


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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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