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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
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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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What a revelation...... They are still not sure how or when it was discovered and it's purpose.... possibly hewn out by freemasons for sacrifices..... alleged ghost down... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

What a revelation...... They are still not sure how or when it was discovered and it's purpose.... possibly hewn out by freemasons for sacrifices..... alleged ghost down there...... very interesting. They give you a hardhat to wear but it's underground so quite cold. Amazing place just outside the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This place is off the beaten track but very much worth a visit. You can take the no. 3 or 29 bus out to Gilmerton (about a 25 minute journey from North Bridge). The visit is by appointment so you will need to book in advance, I booked the day before. It's a small site but there were only 6... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very interesting place. Get's your mind working over-time as to it's purpose. Who built it? When? who's buried in it ??

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Gilmerton Cove is a complete curiosity and complements well other " underground tours" of which Edinburgh has several. The Gilmerton Coves charm lies in the lack of certainty of what or who created it and how it has been used since that time. In age of answers it is a refreshing change that an archeological site should reveal so few... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

A very unusual set of underground caves with an entertaining guide who gave free range to her and our imaginations in seeking to solve the mystery of why these caves are there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was a most interesting place to visit. No one knows when or who created this underground cove, but it is well worth a visit. About half hour out of the old town Edinburgh by bus which stops just across the road. Unlike most underground tours, this one is by appointment only and is not yet on the tourist trail.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

What an odd little place! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour given my Margaret, who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The purpose of the labyrinth of hand carved tunnels remains a mystery but one can't deny its charm and beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Wow, what can I say, we found the Cove on Trip Advisor as an attraction not far from where we were staying for our Scottish Trip. Not as obvious to find if your not looking for it but you do need to book in advance. As soon as we were inside the door Margaret was very welcoming, warm and helpful.... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My girlfriend and I visited Gilmerton Cove on the last day of our long weekend in Edinburgh. I would agree with others, that the trip outside of the centre of Edinburgh is definitely worthwhile. We had a really great tour, and Margaret was a fantastic host, and guide. The place itself is extremely interesting and I would highly recommend to... More 

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Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Although well off the beaten track this attraction is well served by reasonably priced and regular public transport. Tour, taken by a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Margaret Ann, lasted about 45 minutes, although she seemed happy for visitors to spend as long as they liked. She acted both as receptionist and tour guide, so you need to book and be... More 

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