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very interesting

requires a bit of a walk, but well worth it to see the groyyo covered with shells, sometimes there... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
angie j
Blaenavon, United Kingdom
Worth the walk but check opening times

This is a stunning and unique historical structure and is definitely worth the muddy and uneven... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2016
Wales, United Kingdom
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The Grandstand Pontypool Park Trosnant Street, Pontypool NP4 8AT, Wales
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Walked all the way up to find it was closed, the walk up is over 40 mins, there should be a sign up somewhere detailing the opening hours so you DONT waste your time

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

requires a bit of a walk, but well worth it to see the groyyo covered with shells, sometimes there are poetry events there

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank angie j
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The grotto is uniquely covered inside with not only shells but bones, believed to be deer and sheep that once roamed the hillside. Part of the Hanbury estate, it was once thought to be home to a hermit. Very quirky, but open for only a...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Jayne L
Reviewed 30 March 2016

This should be a must to visit if visiting Pontypool park in the summer months, as it is only open then. very intresting decoration and history!

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Mark T
Reviewed 6 March 2016

This is a stunning and unique historical structure and is definitely worth the muddy and uneven walk. This was a former hunting lodge and the interior is made of shells, mother of pearl, bones and starfish. It was created in the 1700s and has been...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank TheWanderingWoman
Reviewed 20 February 2016

This C18 shell grotto has photos and its history on boards outside but the building sits behind a tall locked fence and sturdy door.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank JonestheBowler
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Visited today 30th January 2016. Very windy but on a clear today like today you can see for miles and miles so well worth a visit. The grotto isn't always open but you can find out when it is on Facebook as they have info...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank richardj132019
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Having walked all the way up the hill to this, found it was closed. Would have liked to have gone in. Sad as there were a lot of people in the park and I am sure more would like to visit

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank cennenypedr
Reviewed 3 July 2015

Views from outside the grotto are great & inside it is quite a sight but it's only open once in a blue moon. I know the Santas grotto is held there which is supposed to be great, but I think the owner(s) should open this...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank smaa2015
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Lovely views from the shell grotto but wish I could go inside to see what it is like. You can walk to the folly tower as well from here

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank David G
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