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Welcome to Scott’s Grotto

What is Scott’s Grotto?

Scott’s Grotto is a magical place of rooms and tunnels clad in a variety of shells, fossils and other materials. The tunnels extend over 20 metres into the chalk hillside with the deepest chamber being some 10 metres below the hilltop.

It was built in the 1760’s by local poet John Scott, a “most active and public spirited man”. Restored in 1990 an entrance porch was added, to replace the original which had been demolished, and lighting of the main chamber installed. Other than this the Grotto remains today much as Scott intended.

Scott’s Grotto is now owned by a charitable Trust – Scott’s Grotto CIO – to both preserve this site for the future and open it for the public to appreciate this unique place.

Scott’s Grotto is open on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 2.00pm to 4.30pm between 1st April and 30th September.
Admission is free, however, a donation of at least £1.00 per visitor will be appreciated, and will be put towards the maintenance of this historic site.

For further information about how to find us and access limitations, please go to our Visit page.

Covid-19 – Visitors are asked to:-

  • Check-in for Test & Trace
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Wear face coverings within the Grotto and Summerhouse