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Closed but worth the walk

The grotto was closed the day we walked up there, but the views are spectacular. There is a bench... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2015
Meirionnydd : Cymru ~ Wales
Great views!

I went up there on a hot sunny day and it was fun, the view from the top of the mountain was... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2014
Brooke S
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 May 2015

Pontypool Park Friends have received queries about opening times for the Grotto. There are no regular openings but if groups contact us, and we have volunteers available, we will do our best to allow people to enjoy this treasure. It will be open on Friday...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank 201Jenny
Reviewed 3 March 2015

The grotto was closed the day we walked up there, but the views are spectacular. There is a bench outside, so if you want a walk and a picnic then this is a perfect spot. The walk isn't easy - some steep parts, but I...More

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Eirianwen
Reviewed 21 February 2015 via mobile

Lack of sineage. No indication on the lone sign how far it was, or that the path was only suitable for goats...but after awhile there were no signs...we almost gave up until we spotted people in the distance. Paths steep...And in an horrendous condition...And if...More

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I went up there on a hot sunny day and it was fun, the view from the top of the mountain was OUTSTANDING! Only downside is, the actual grotto wasn't open. Definitely would go there on a nice day.

Date of experience: June 2014
1  Thank Brooke S
Reviewed 22 April 2014

After following the signs from the park to the grotto we were disappointed to find it all locked up. Could read about it on information post and see photos but not what we expected on sunday afternoon. Views worth the walk though!

Date of experience: April 2014
1  Thank angles_9
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Unusal,Amazing ! couldn't beleive this was on my doorstep! doesn't take too long to look around bu..t the craftmanship is breathtaking..a wee bit difficult to get to if you have mobility issues but I think you can be driven there if required.

Date of experience: October 2012
1  Thank Don K
Reviewed 1 August 2013

Worth seeing if you are in pontypool. It is on top of a steep wooded hill magnificent views on a good day.downside is its mostly locked, contact torfaen council

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank gagamummy
Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

This is a nice walk up to a spot with good views across the valley. The grotto was closed when I reached the top but its still worth it for the views.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Gemvh
Reviewed 6 May 2013

I made the steep climb up to the Shell Grotto yesterday Sunday 5th May 2013 only to find it was not open. I had checked the Torfaen Council website for opening times but found nothing. It was a beautiful day and the views of the...More

Date of experience: May 2013
2  Thank 201Jenny
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Can be accessed through Pontypool Park, but also along the ridge of the mountain from the Folly. A walk with wonderful views to the Bristol Channel on a clear day. The bones, shells and other decorative ornaments date back to the time of the Hanburys,...More

Date of experience: January 2013
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