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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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Should be up there with the top Edinburgh attractions.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

These strange underground caverns are well worth a visit. The guide was really enthusiastic and interesting. We intend taking some foreign visitors - it makes a change from castles and museums.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have lived in Edinburgh for 5 years and I have never heard of this hidden gem until last week. We visited after reading about the cove online. With so much mystery surrounding it, your Gilmerton Cove visit will leave you completely absorbed in theories and the itch to research further. Very intriguing. Great value and the guide Rebecca is... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Really enjoyed our tour. Margaretanne was a brilliant guide and me and my husband managed to get a tour on our own. I really recommend visiting if your in Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The guide was very knowledgable and made the tour interesting. I went with a class group for a potential project topic. The walkways are tight and compact, so try not to bring lots of things with you!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Very unusual place just outside the main city areas close to Craigmillar castle. We visited based on the previous reviews and certainly weren't disapointed. The cove is every bit as mysterious and intriguing as suggested and we thoroughly enjoyed out tour. It left us with lots of interesting theories to ponder for the rest of the day. The guide gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I am claustrophobic so I was very nervous to venture down into the cove, but there were exit signs here and there and once you are down there you don't feel that scared. Our tour guide Margaretanne was wonderful and my 14 year old daughter was convinced the Illuminati was responsible for building this underground labyrinth. It is a 20... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Interesting place outside of the city. Easily reachable with the bus. It's pretty fascinating how these caves were created and there was a lot of mystery surrounding the place. It did bother me a little bit however that not a lot of facts were known, instead most of the stories were based on speculation. Still, it was worth a visit.... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

No idea why this place isn't more well-known!! I was truly amazed. I went expecting it to be just a small cave with a couple of chambers, but it's much bigger than you expect, which only adds to the mystery of how it came into existence. It's an incredible feat of engineering, and I can only hope that one day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was such an interesting tour!! I knew there was caves but had no idea of the stories that I would hear for what was done down there. Sadly there were some paths blocked off by rocks where they were waiting on approval to discover what was on the other side, but for what you see it's pretty fascinating. I... More 

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