On the surface, Margate is a hellish clash of disgruntled locals and yuppy Londoners who are just there to drive up house prices and force flat whites down everyone’s throats like some unholy elixir of gentrification. But there’s also something far more magical: a subterranean cave decorated with countless shells. Shit yeah, folk art, m’er f’ers. It was discovered in 1835 when some bloke dropped his son into a hole in the ground made during the digging of a duck pond (naturally). What that poor kid saw was a warren of tunnels and domes covered in intricate shell art. No one is sure when the cave dates from or who built it. Is it a Regency folly or a site of pagan ritual sacrifice? Or maybe it’s the first ever attempt at gentrifying Margate. Properly scary, either way.
Grotto Hill, Kent, CT9 2BU. Open daily until Oct 29, 10am-5pm. £4, £3.50 concs.
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