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Gilmerton Cove

16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
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Ranked #10 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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 investigators for over 300 years. Gilmerton Cove is a... more » 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. « less
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The day we visited they had problems with their lighting, so we felt some of the atmosphere was diminished. Our guide was a lovely day who put us all quickly at our ease. Unfortunately there seem to be more questions than answers regarding the 'cove', so we came away feeling as though we had not learned a lot...but for all... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is worth every penny, one of the best attractions I have visited in ages. The tour took about an hour after which we could explore for ourselves. The caves are very well preserved, just as they would have been when whoever used them in the past. It's a mystery exactly who that might have been, which adds to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I absolutely loved Gilmerton Cove. It's mysterious and the passageways are fascinating. Definitely a must visit when you're in Edinburgh. It's totally worth it.

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Cumnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Fabulous tour of an unknown underground mystery. Great place to visit after having been to Rosslyn Chapel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

This great attraction is just a short bus ride or an even shorter drive from the royal mile. We'll worth the distance and a great attraction for those looking for an underground tour. The best underground tour of my trip!!

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Camarillo,California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

While in Edinburgh our family did the underground vault tour and Real Mary King's Close. We were concerned that doing Gilmerton Cove might be a bit redundant. We are so glad we did it, Gilmerton is completely different than the other two tours. It was interesting and very thought provoking. Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I honestly believe... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Off the beaten track but easy to find . Well what can i say . If ur looking for a fun day out this will be right up your street . Stunning views and great info on hand .

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Tianjin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Don't miss out on a visit to Gilmerton Cove. This is a great use of only an hour or so and puts you in touch with Edinburgh's mysterious past. I called in the morning after I saw it was raining and managed to get a time slot easily enough. Margaret Ann is a fantastic guide and her knowledge and enthusiasm... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Although not in central Edinburgh, the cove is easily accessible by car/bus, (we took direct bus that took us 30 mins to the city centre). The journey however is well worth the effort, as you will be able to visit one what turns out to be a fascinating and revealing trip back in time. The cove is still largely unexplored,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting tour. A must if your visiting edingbourgh. Don't think 'I will just do the valuts tour as it is in the centre'. This is a different experience to the valuts tour and I would recomand doing both. Easy to get to, short bus ride which was £1.50 each way. Go to Lothian's website for times and stops. Number... More

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