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Gilmerton Cove

16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
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Ranked #11 of 199 attractions in Edinburgh
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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We had a great time here, it was something very different and enjoyable. Margaretanne, our tour guide, was really enthusiastic and informative. I hope they can one day excavated all the tunnels!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Ever since it was featured in the first season of Cities of the Underworld, I've been dying to go to Gilmerton Cove. It was fantastic to see; the entire underground dwelling was hand-carved from the stone. The tour guide was awesome; she told us the stories associated with the Cove. Even the one where they got the creepy EVP. I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This place is a little bit different and unlike anything else we did in Edinburgh during our visit. I was worried that the the kids (15 & 12) wouldn't enjoy this, but they got into the mystery surrounding the place and contributed their own theories. There was only 1 other person on our tour so we basically had the place... More

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scotland
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Had a trip planned to this area and pre-booked a tour of the strangely named Gilmerton Cove. I booked online and Margaretanne couldn't have been more helpful. She also took our tour round. The passageways and 'rooms' weren't as extensive as I'd expected, given that the tour lasts an hour, but that was because of Margaretanne's knowledgeable commentary and taking... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Well worth a visit. Interesting tour and very mysterious. Definitely need flat shoes and warm clothes.

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Visited the Cove on the recommendation of a friend. Really fascinating place and left wondering which of the possible origins was most likely. We were the only two on the tour so great opportunity to ask questions and wander about afterwards. The guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable making for an interesting and intriguing tour. Would certainly recommend to others... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Surprisingly, even some locals had no idea this place existed ! Hidden beneath a crossroad and next to a betting shop, lies this little gem. We booked a tour last Saturday and really enjoyed it. The tour guide was relaxed , friendly and very informative and its great to wander round somewhere that is surrounded in mystery. Nice to get... More

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We went there and while already on our way (by reading users reviews online) we realized it was by appointment only. When we got there it was closed, as expected. We called twice and got an answering machine. But they tried to call us back and even sent us a text message to suggest an appointment 2 days later... As... More

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GilmertonEdinburgh, Manager at Gilmerton Cove, responded to this review

Many thanks for getting in touch! Apologies for the inconvenience you experienced I am deeply disappointed you had a wasted journey. We state on all our advertising 'booking is essential' as we are only open by appointment especially over the winter months and at busier times we are limited to only 12 in the underground. We have asked Trip Advisor... More

edinburgh
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great tour guide interesting find good activity for an afternoon out and def worth a visit at least once

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Take a short bus ride out to one of Edinburgh's hidden treasures. I visited today and had a great tour of the Cove, a small tour group and plenty of time to look around. Quite why the cove was built remains a mystery. They do know that someone wanted to stay out of the way so much that they hand... More

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