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Gilmerton Cove

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Address: 16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 7914 829177
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Enter one of Scotland's most curious heritage sites. An archeological...
Enter one of Scotland's most curious heritage sites. An archeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 300 years. Gilmerton Cove is a series of chambers and passageways lying hidden beneath the streets on the South side of Edinburgh. Join us on a guided tour and help us unravel the mysteries of this strange mysterious labyrinth. Please note this attraction is by appointment only, please call to book a slot.
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Peaks your Imagination

I am claustrophobic so I was very nervous to venture down into the cove, but there were exit signs here and there and once you are down there you don't feel that scared. Our tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I am claustrophobic so I was very nervous to venture down into the cove, but there were exit signs here and there and once you are down there you don't feel that scared. Our tour guide Margaretanne was wonderful and my 14 year old daughter was convinced the Illuminati was responsible for building this underground labyrinth. It is a 20... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting place outside of the city. Easily reachable with the bus. It's pretty fascinating how these caves were created and there was a lot of mystery surrounding the place. It did bother me a little bit however that not a lot of facts were known, instead most of the stories were based on speculation. Still, it was worth a visit.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

No idea why this place isn't more well-known!! I was truly amazed. I went expecting it to be just a small cave with a couple of chambers, but it's much bigger than you expect, which only adds to the mystery of how it came into existence. It's an incredible feat of engineering, and I can only hope that one day... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was such an interesting tour!! I knew there was caves but had no idea of the stories that I would hear for what was done down there. Sadly there were some paths blocked off by rocks where they were waiting on approval to discover what was on the other side, but for what you see it's pretty fascinating. I... More 

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Lanchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

From the outside We were not sure if we had arrived in the right location for Gilmerton Cove, a simple sign on the Main Street was not what we expected for a tourist attraction, yet this simple facade led into a fascinating tour of the cove. In a group of four our guide was informative and entertaining. The value for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a wonderful place with many stories. It is what you want it to be, with many variations of its history and what it may have been used for. You have to book in advance and it's easy to find - arrive 5/10 mins before your allocated slot. There are only a few time slots per day and it... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We pre-booked this as it had good reviews on Trip Advisor. We were provided with directions and bus info. Caught 11.30 am bus from the centre for our 12 noon booking. Unfortunately bus was slow and took just over 35 mins to get there. Fortunately there were two guys waiting outside when we got there so waited patiently until 12.15... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Amazing place located just out of the city centre. A must see attraction. Tour guide was very informative and kept you interested. Very reasonably priced.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Amazing and fun we rocked the cove with80,s music and champagne!. Had a fabulous 50th birthday party on 6th feb. Thank you Margaretanne. Will never forget it!. Everyone had great fun!. Xxxxxxxxxxxx Unique experience never to be forgotten by everyone!. 20 out of 10!.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Loved the tour and the girl who guided it was wonderful! Such an incredible find undernearth the city and so brilliant to hear the history of the place! Furious at the nearby super market for cementing up the remaining tunnels - shouldn't be allowed.

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