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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
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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Edinburgh, Scotland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

It was good to have access to this site. The guide was competent and well-informed. The information boards were interesting. It is a puzzling site, and its origins and purpose are still fairly obscure. It is worth a visit. TIP -take a wee torch of your own.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

An excellent visit and well worth the bus trip. The proprietor was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. The caves are at least 300 years old and probably more like 1,000 years old. Caves are of differing sizes but you can stand upright in them easily. It is a complete mystery how the caves came to exist in the first place.... More

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West Midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It's not a cove of course, because it's inland a few miles out of Edinburgh. Our guide took us through several of the dimly lit passages and into several rooms. There's not a huge amount of walking but the floors are uneven and can be wet. Also it's always quite cool in there, even in summer, so wear something warm.... More

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The tour guide was so enthusiastic and imparted lots of interesting stories. . If you are in Edinburgh, this is definitely worth the visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I love underground tunnels and mysteries so really enjoyed exploring Gilmerton Cove. It's little off the beaten track so we took a taxi from Princes Street and got the bus back. Not a lot is really known about the tunnels -such why they were made or when, which is part of their intrigue. However, they have been known of for... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Takes 30 mins in traffic on the no 22 bus. Make sure you catch the bus on North St Bridge heading south. Guide was really entertaining. Interesting insight into the history of the cave. Good value at £6.50 for concessions.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The day we visited they had problems with their lighting, so we felt some of the atmosphere was diminished. Our guide was a lovely day who put us all quickly at our ease. Unfortunately there seem to be more questions than answers regarding the 'cove', so we came away feeling as though we had not learned a lot...but for all... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is worth every penny, one of the best attractions I have visited in ages. The tour took about an hour after which we could explore for ourselves. The caves are very well preserved, just as they would have been when whoever used them in the past. It's a mystery exactly who that might have been, which adds to the... More

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I absolutely loved Gilmerton Cove. It's mysterious and the passageways are fascinating. Definitely a must visit when you're in Edinburgh. It's totally worth it.

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Cumnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Fabulous tour of an unknown underground mystery. Great place to visit after having been to Rosslyn Chapel.

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