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Gilmerton Cove

16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
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Ranked #11 of 209 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I can't believe this place is not over run with tourists - it's a real hidden secret of mind blowing, no glitz , raw mystery. I don't want to give too much away but ....oh my goodness!!!! Margaret Anne is a fabulous knowledgable tour guide . All other historic buildings on edinburgh have been accurately researched and understood - Gilmerton... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Weather was not too good so we decided to look for something "indoor". This was a great choice. Amazing attraction in the oddest of locations. Made all the better by all the mystery around its origins and purpose. Incredible setting made even better by a fantastic guide. Well worth a visit.

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Gilmerton Cove is a really interesting site to visit. A half hour bus trip (no 3 or 29) is worth the effort. Beneath the town at Gilmerton are a series of hand dug tunnels, the use of which is yet to be understood. They do know that the tunnels were there in the 1700s ... But were they built by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

What a fascinating labyrinth of unknown origins. The crude architecture is amazing and using your imagination about what goings on happened down there only adds to the intrigue. Margaret Anne the guide was very welcoming and enthusiastic. You phone in advance and it was opened specifically for our tour. The tour took 45 mins and Margaret Anne let us explore... More

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Fantastic guide. Fascinating place which left us both satisfied and intrigued. Small group size made tour more personable. Great value for money

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

It was good to have access to this site. The guide was competent and well-informed. The information boards were interesting. It is a puzzling site, and its origins and purpose are still fairly obscure. It is worth a visit. TIP -take a wee torch of your own.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

An excellent visit and well worth the bus trip. The proprietor was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. The caves are at least 300 years old and probably more like 1,000 years old. Caves are of differing sizes but you can stand upright in them easily. It is a complete mystery how the caves came to exist in the first place.... More

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West Midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It's not a cove of course, because it's inland a few miles out of Edinburgh. Our guide took us through several of the dimly lit passages and into several rooms. There's not a huge amount of walking but the floors are uneven and can be wet. Also it's always quite cool in there, even in summer, so wear something warm.... More

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The tour guide was so enthusiastic and imparted lots of interesting stories. . If you are in Edinburgh, this is definitely worth the visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I love underground tunnels and mysteries so really enjoyed exploring Gilmerton Cove. It's little off the beaten track so we took a taxi from Princes Street and got the bus back. Not a lot is really known about the tunnels -such why they were made or when, which is part of their intrigue. However, they have been known of for... More

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