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Gilmerton Cove

16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
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Ranked #8 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enter one of Scotland's most curious heritage sites. An archeological mystery that has baffled...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

It is almost an underground house carved into the rock. Our guide may not be any the wiser as to who carved it out but she gave the most informative tour and clearly enjoys what she does. That translates into a fantastic tour and makes this a hidden gem on the Edinburgh tourist route. Well worth the trip.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We had walked past the front door several times and finally visited on an 'Open Day'. It was very crowded but the girl in charge coped so well - she was welcoming, cheery and well organised. We did not have the chance to do an organised tour and instead read the information boards and and had 10 to 15 mins... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time wondering around the cove. If you're in Edinburgh I would definitely recommend visiting the cove.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We saw this trip on tripadvisor and were interested in checking it out. We are glad we did as this is a very cool one hour trip that dives into the history of the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh.

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Russell Island, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is a bit strange. An underground living and eating and possibly worship quarters carved from sandstone. Interesting enough, but the whole thing seems to be a little contrived - the guide, incredibly nice and enthusiastic, perhaps tries too hard to make too many speculations about the purpose of this place. Certainly it's a mystery. If you've seen the royal... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Edinburgh last month. We did the guided tour of the Gilmartin Coves on a wet and miserable Saturday afternoon. We didn't really know what to expect from the tour but it was absolutely brilliant. The coves are a bit of a mystery. They could be as old as two thousand years and indeed the craftsmanship... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Really interesting and informative, but how crazy to have a city below the city. It was really wired, but you could smell the cows in their stables even centuries later.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a really intriguing and bizarre place - we had a great time exploring! Our tour guide was lovely and the more she told us the stranger the place became - we both left wanting to know more!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My wife and I visited this basically not well known attraction. The tour was meant to last about 45 mins but we were the only 2 .......there is a max of 12 for safety ang logistical reasons.the knowledgeable lady took us round and knew her stuff and was very helpful and our tour over ran by about 30 mins. Not... More 

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Midlothian, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What fantastic history and story telling. Brilliant thought provoking stories and told with the most excellent enthusiasm. Well priced and well worth it

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