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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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Immensely intersting

What a surprising and interesting place this is! A rabbit warren of man-made caves and corridors (clearly set up for some purpose involving eating, drinking and/or ritual) in a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a surprising and interesting place this is! A rabbit warren of man-made caves and corridors (clearly set up for some purpose involving eating, drinking and/or ritual) in a completely unexpected place - the origin of which experts cannot agree. Excellent guided tour. [not for those who suffer from claustrophobia]

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Coldstream, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Superb and `secret` place to visit whilst in Edinburgh. The guide was outstanding and entertaining. Totally fascinating and you would never know it was there! Are there links to Rosslyn? Are there more caves to be discovered? Will an ordinary street ever be the same again? Everyone.....do yourselves a favour and visit this place. You will not be disappointed!

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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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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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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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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