The Shell Gallery

You can still see the stairs to the Shell Gallery on the first floor © NTPL/Geoffrey Frosh

You can still see the stairs to the Shell Gallery on the first floor

A true work of art

Like nothing you’ve seen before, the Shell Gallery is utterly unique.

Rising up from the ocean-like Octagon below, the Shell Gallery resembles a seaside grotto, covered in as many as 25,000 shells all arranged in intricate patterns. Lovingly created, a shell at a time, by the Parminter cousins, the size and detail takes your breath away.

Discover the intricate artwork of the Parminter cousins © NTPL/Geoffrey Frosh

Discover the intricate artwork of the Parminter cousins

Get closer

Now you can now experience this fragile gallery in minute detail for the first time since its closure 20 years ago.

A high quality 360 degree touchscreen virtual tour at the end of your visit allows you to enjoy this masterpiece. Take control of the camera to explore all the nooks and crannies and see what the gallery has to offer.

Get a glimpse of the glorious Shell Gallery © NTPL/David Garner

Get a glimpse of the glorious Shell Gallery

A sneak peek

Take a look at our interactive video of the Shell Gallery for a taster of the wonders that await you here. Pop into the house and you can also view a similar video of the drawing room, home to much of the Parminter's incredible artwork. There's also an interactive film of the views from the roof gantry looking out over the Exe Estuary.

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