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Gilmerton Cove

Address: 16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 7914 829177
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Ranked #8 of 194 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It is a real puzzle for what this place was origionally constructed for. Interesting position as it part located under a betting shop! It has obviously housed many things over the centuries,but what is for sure you will leave with your mind full of imagination as for the origin of its use. Tips : You must pre book, my wife... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Probably the less said about this the better, so you can be surprised and charmed by this unique attraction. The unassuming exterior gives no hint as to what's inside, and only adds to the shock and wonder when you see it. It was only the two of us being taken for the tour, which might have been awkward, but our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

What an amazing place! Secret carved out caves on the edge of Edinburgh; you would never know it's there. Lovely guide who exudes enthusiasm and answers any questions. Not far underground but feels like another world with such a mysterious history and interesting details. Your imagination can run riot wondering what it was made for. It's not ruined by interactives... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I actually visited this place prior to February 2014, possibly around Halloween. The lady who showed us round was both friendly and interesting. It is a hidden gem for those interested in mystery and history.

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Rhynie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

During a weekend visiting friends in Edinburgh, we decided to seek out some of the local attractions. We came across Gilmerton Cove and seeing as our Edinburgh friends hadn't visited it, we booked our place. The look from outside the building and the warm welcome within were the first signs that this was going to be a great outing. Information... More 

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

We've lived in Edinburgh for years and had no idea the cove existed. Just looking for something different to do on a rainy day. Very interesting and the guide we had was really friendly and enthusiastic. Amazing to think this cove has been there for years and the experts can't work out how old it is or what exactly it was used... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

It is almost an underground house carved into the rock. Our guide may not be any the wiser as to who carved it out but she gave the most informative tour and clearly enjoys what she does. That translates into a fantastic tour and makes this a hidden gem on the Edinburgh tourist route. Well worth the trip.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We had walked past the front door several times and finally visited on an 'Open Day'. It was very crowded but the girl in charge coped so well - she was welcoming, cheery and well organised. We did not have the chance to do an organised tour and instead read the information boards and and had 10 to 15 mins... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time wondering around the cove. If you're in Edinburgh I would definitely recommend visiting the cove.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We saw this trip on tripadvisor and were interested in checking it out. We are glad we did as this is a very cool one hour trip that dives into the history of the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh.

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