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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Absolutely fascinating !!

A fascinating 45-ish min tour of hand-carved passageways and chambers. Highly recommended for history/archaeology lovers!! Easy to reach via public transport.. remember to plan a... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A fascinating 45-ish min tour of hand-carved passageways and chambers. Highly recommended for history/archaeology lovers!! Easy to reach via public transport.. remember to plan a few extra minutes for travel time as you are expected to arrive 10-5 mins before tour starts. The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and excellent storyteller. Pre-booking a must!! Wear sensible waterproof footwear i.e. wellies... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A true hidden gem of Edinburgh! Well worth the short bus ride out of town to visit this true mystery in Edinburgh's history. Staff were super friendly and informative. Excellent value for money -be Indian Jones for an hour and come up with your own theory for the purpose of the caves.

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2 Thank daniellefildes
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unique and interesting visit just a quick bus/taxi from Edinburgh centre. Arranging the tour took a few phone calls. However the guide was good and the actual place was intriguing. I wonder what has gone on there in the past. Much better than any typical tourist thing like Loch Ness boat trips or national museums etc.

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3 Thank Joe H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Visited on a wet afternoon if going from Princes St.allow plenty of time with the buses a no.3 or 29 a good 25 minutes.Met by and shown round by a very enthusiastic guide. Several of the areas with water underfoot due to the heavy rain.We donned hard hats which were needed.Several of the caves you could see had been laid... More 

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2 Thank PLAYHOUSE068
Edinburgh
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Carved out caves under a bookie shop - what's not to investigate? Very informative guide who gave lots of history but also intrigue and amusing tales. Wear decent shoes as it was wet underfoot on the day we went as it was pouring outside. Torches are provided but you might like to take your own.

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1 Thank mandy003
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Loved looking round the cove, very friendly interesting tour guide. Would definitely recommend, however just to warn visitors, there is absolutely nothing else in Gilmerton so don't plan spending any longer there than tour lasts (about 1 hour)

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We came here with the family after being suggested to us by a friend - its based in gilmerton so you need a bus from city centre (aprox 35mins) or car 15 mins - its just amazing a cove under the street you would never of think of this being based here - the cove is small so you be... More 

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3 Thank KaDdeer
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We had a great visit to Gilmerton Cove. Our guide, Margaret-anne was excellent. We had always meant to visit it, but you have to book and we had never got round to it. There is so little known about why it is there and you leave having various ideas of how it has come to be there.

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2 Thank Bonita_Preacher
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is an under rated historic Scottish wonder. The unbelievable official story, back-filled unexplored passages and nothing to carbon date? An excellent rainy day excursion that will prove inspiring to young and the young at heart.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

A relatively new attraction as these underground caverns were only discovered when workmen were digging out for a new building. Well worth a visit. Our guide,Margaret, was great in explaining how it came to be found and what they thought the origins were although a lot of it is still a mystery.

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