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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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Not a typical attraction

The most untouristy place you are likely to find in Edinburgh. The guide was a real hoot, really enthusiastic. Don't look for historical accuracy, there are few confirmed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The most untouristy place you are likely to find in Edinburgh. The guide was a real hoot, really enthusiastic. Don't look for historical accuracy, there are few confirmed facts about this place. You enter from what looks like a typical but'n'ben then descend into a different world. Who would have thought. Well done to the staff, you made the visit... More 

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Newbury, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We visited having read a bit about the history of the place. It is small, but well presented and very interesting. We spent a while looking round and coming up with theories for what the cave might have been used for. Great for firing kids imagination (of all ages)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A very interesting fascinating yet eerie place which leaves you thinking how where and why is there so much mystery to this place..better phone scooby doo.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We caught the bus and took a direct easy route from Minto Street. These caves are easy to get to but away from the tourist crowds and good value for your money. The tour was lead by enthusiastic and passionate individuals that had extensive knowledge of the work being done to excavate and discover more about this underground mystery. We... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Both my boyfriend and I really enjoyed our experience at Gilmerton Cove. We felt it was very good value compared with some of the other things to do in Edinburgh, and was exactly what we expected. Our tour guide was excellent and provided us with a great experience and something to think about for a while to come. Although my... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you like a mystery, this is certainly one. Saved from becoming the concreted over for a local bookie's shop, this is one of Edinburgh's more unusual attractions. Small in size but big on intrigue, it is well worth a visit and being a bit off the usual tourist trail, a much more intimate and personal experience. You may not... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Gilmerton Cove is a really interesting place, really wonder what this place was initially intended for. The tour guide made the visit better than it should have, although I really think this place will explode more with tourists if the blocked tunnel is ever opened, fingers crossed that happens sooner than later

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The upshot of the Gilmerton Cove tour is that nothing much is known about it other than conjecture and rumours. However that said it is an absolutely fascinating underground space. There are a number of small rooms, corridors, tunnels etc and the space seems to be permanently cold. If you are a fan of the much better known Rosslyn/Roslin Chapel... More 

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is a good tour which gives you more questions than answers. Easily accessed by bus if you have a car. Community cafe next door is a great place to call in for lunch

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was a very well presented tour from a very enthusiastic Margaretanne whose entertaining wit and passion for her subject are admirable. The cave is so much bigger than we thought and not claustrophobic at all.

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