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Gilmerton Cove

16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
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Ranked #12 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Austin, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place is small but amazing. It's a secret that needs to be told. There is more to be excavated and hard to tell what secrets might be told. Well worth a stop.

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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was a low key but interesting and very informative tour. If you go on a weekday your guide will probably be Margaretanne who was lovely, giving lots of back story and theories about the place. Gilmerton Cove is truly mysterious in that none of the experts (archaeologists, engineers etc.) can definitively say when the complex of caves were carved... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I had heard about this attraction and finally got around to booking a visit. Depending on the time of year I believe that you have to pre-book a visit as it is not always open for a walk in. The tour guide was very knowledgable and allowed plenty of time for us to wander around. There is a patchy history... More

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Coniston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We didn't really know what to expect when we booked this attraction but we were more than pleasantly surprised. We had the added bonus of being the only 2 people on the tour. Margaret Anne is a brilliant guide & really knows her stuff. A number 3 or 29 bus stops just across the road. Well worth a visit.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Gilmerton cove is hard to get to a short bus ride away but we were given good instructions of what bus to catch and when to get off the bus. when you arrive a lovely guide will greet you and will helmets on you descend down stairs into the cove. The tour was very interesting and she was full of... More

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Sunderland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We jumped on a bus from princess street to go to this attraction - underground caves. Now there are a few available around the centre, but this is a 20minute bus ride out, so is not as widely known about. It is a listed heritage site and therefore does not feel as commercialised as the city centre tours. It only... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Read through the panels above ground and you'll get an idea of the various theories about the origins of this unique site. Then put on your hard hat and descend underground yand be really impressed by what you see. Tour guide was excellent and did a fine job bringing the stories to life.

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Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you enjoy tunnels and mystery then this is the place. An excellent guide will take you through the tunnel and history.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This tour is a little off the beaten path but well worth it, just a short bus ride from High Street. Once inside you're given a hard hat to wear since you descend down a small set of stairs into the actual cove. Our tour guide, Margaret Ann, was very friendly, welcoming and knowledge about the history of the coves... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Fascinating tour of a network of caves. Great guide (Rebecca) who really seemed to know her stuff. Well worth the easy bus ride from the city centre.

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