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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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It is a small area (so far!) but very interesting to see and hear all the theories on what this little network of underground rooms might have been. We enjoyed listening to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a small area (so far!) but very interesting to see and hear all the theories on what this little network of underground rooms might have been. We enjoyed listening to the tour guide and her passion for the site really added to the experience. We liked the fact that you get the chance of time to have a... More 

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1 Thank ShionaMac
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have wanted to visit this place for a long time since I read about it some time ago. I grew up near there moved away years ago so had the opportunity to visit. It has so much thought provoking history, just found it very interesting. The thought that it is there for all this time. Although there is lights... More 

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1 Thank Mary O
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hadn't heard of Gilmerton Cove until a friend came to stay and wanted to visit. Ventured there on a Sunday afternoon. Tour Guide was great. Very entertaining tales and cool wander round the Cove. We all enjoyed a lot. Recommend if you're looking to escape the city centre and explore a bit further afield.

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1 Thank Jane W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was fascinating and well planned. The group was small which allowed for us to ask questions at any time.

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1 Thank MoiraA2
Eastham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

an enjoyable half an hour to an hour made more so by the enthusiasm of the guide. give the Royal Yacht and Ocean terminal a miss and take a nos 3 or 29 bus to Gilmerton village

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1 Thank paul s
Linlithgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting unusual visit to this undergound cove carved out of stone. Guided tour in well lit passages give the history of the site. Worth a visit

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1 Thank 4mary
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was made by the excellent guide, Rebecca, who informed and discussed in a humorous, yet knowledgable manner. The links to so many parts of our history and the the atmosphere of the site made this a great visit. The only downside was the lack of a guidebook/ portable written material, as th excellent commentary was lost to a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another party member had booked this and it was a taxi journey to get to. The lady who took our tour was great. She had a great understanding of the history and the theories of the cove and had a very entertaining way, that kept our interest. Good value for money.

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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have passed the door to this attraction many times and finally got round to visiting recently. You could easily pass it and think it was just the door to another small house if you missed the small board on the wall. That door leads to an amazing underground warren of rooms and corridors which are shrouded in mystery -... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away in a fairly anonymous location, the Cove is an extraordinary place to visit. Helpful and welcoming staff take you from real life downstairs into an amazing series of chambers carved into the stone underground. With stories aplenty, in the meeting room, the table with the channel carved into it that leads to a hole begs questions about sinister... More 

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