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Bank Holiday History

Walked the dog through Pontypool park on Bank Holiday monday to visit the Grotto. Steep climb up... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2018
chewy110
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
Well preserved history

The Shell Grotto is a well preserved bit of history in Pontypool, Torfaen. It’s wonderful to be... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
jsstrange
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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All reviews pontypool park unique building visited today well worth the effort steep climb fantastic views bank holiday few times shells grotto animals volunteers information history teeth council shame
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

Walked the dog through Pontypool park on Bank Holiday monday to visit the Grotto. Steep climb up from the Park Gates entrance but well worth it with superb views. Dogs not allowed inside but can be tied up right outside. Volunteers man the grotto and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank chewy110
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

The Shell Grotto is a well preserved bit of history in Pontypool, Torfaen. It’s wonderful to be able to see this building atop the mountain, and even better to step inside and see the intricately designed shell walls. The Grotto only opens on bank holidays,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jsstrange
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Walk up this hill for the views and the scenery, but don't go for the grotto alone, unless you like dusty old bones and dry shells set in concrete. Yes, this is a curiosity and an oddity and perhaps worth the visit if 'unusual' is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RubyRusk
Reviewed 19 June 2018

A very enjoyable visit to the Shell Grotto in a very lovely surroundings of Pontypool,s natural Park .. A very interesting place, lovely to learn and see a lot of beautiful she'll work and learn a lot of very interesting history ...

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank parpam2
Reviewed 20 March 2018

you would'nt know it was there unless you were told and walk there went there as a kid and still go every now and again it makes you think

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank garn5
Reviewed 28 December 2017

this marvellous building decorated internally with sea shells a site to put on your list, at the top of Pontypool Park, the original park of the local squire family Hanbury, dont miss it

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank robertjA8653EO
Reviewed 22 November 2017

A good brisk walk with views across the channel on a clear day.... good walking boots required...check to see when the grotto is open generally bank holidays.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank juliesparkes
Reviewed 7 November 2017

The uphill walk through woodland is worth it at the summit wonderful views. Then there is the wonderful Groto only open at certain times as run and looked after by volunteers Set in the floor are bones and teeth of animals set in patterns to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Pontypam
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We have been fortunate to see inside this place on previous visits to Pontypool. Unfortunately this wasn't the case on this visit. I would consider this a good place to visit but would check on opening hours if travelling a distance. It is quite a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank stevejen2016
Reviewed 14 September 2017

It's a beautiful walk up to the grotto with views of the mountains and you can see to England on the one side. There's a sweet little horse in one of the fields near by. It's a massive shame that the folly was closed (not...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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