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Gilmerton Cove

16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
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Ranked #11 of 207 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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Camarillo,California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

While in Edinburgh our family did the underground vault tour and Real Mary King's Close. We were concerned that doing Gilmerton Cove might be a bit redundant. We are so glad we did it, Gilmerton is completely different than the other two tours. It was interesting and very thought provoking. Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I honestly believe... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Off the beaten track but easy to find . Well what can i say . If ur looking for a fun day out this will be right up your street . Stunning views and great info on hand .

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Tianjin
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Don't miss out on a visit to Gilmerton Cove. This is a great use of only an hour or so and puts you in touch with Edinburgh's mysterious past. I called in the morning after I saw it was raining and managed to get a time slot easily enough. Margaret Ann is a fantastic guide and her knowledge and enthusiasm... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Although not in central Edinburgh, the cove is easily accessible by car/bus, (we took direct bus that took us 30 mins to the city centre). The journey however is well worth the effort, as you will be able to visit one what turns out to be a fascinating and revealing trip back in time. The cove is still largely unexplored,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting tour. A must if your visiting edingbourgh. Don't think 'I will just do the valuts tour as it is in the centre'. This is a different experience to the valuts tour and I would recomand doing both. Easy to get to, short bus ride which was £1.50 each way. Go to Lothian's website for times and stops. Number... More

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Absolutely amazing experience. Jaw dropping and incredible. Right under your feet as people wander about their daily business. Margaretanne was a fantastic, interesting, informative guide with a great sense of humour and a delivery to match. Could have stayed far far longer.Not sure I want this to become too popular but very very glad I have visited. Gold star attraction... More

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Ross-on-Wye
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After a few visits to Edinburgh, it's understandable that we're a bit weary of the City Centre. We've seen the Royal Mile, been around the Castle, shopped on Princes Street and seen the Scottish Parliament. We've not yet been on a tram - by my understanding there's still a 3-year waiting list! Gilmerton Cove is a triumph both for Edinburgh... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Ignore other posts- there are 2 buses leaving from ed city centre (3 & 29). They come every 10 minutes, it is about 20-25 minutes away. Very easy to get to, alight at Lidl and it is next to Ladbrokes. Our guide Rebecca was excellent and knowledgeable. She showed us around the cove with the tour lasting for approximately 45... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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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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