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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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An eye opener

We really enjoyed our visit on the 28th November,our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the cove and she made our imaginations flow.It was hard to believe that so... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ann B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit on the 28th November,our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the cove and she made our imaginations flow.It was hard to believe that so much history was beneath our feet.A great experience and worth a visit

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1 Thank Ann B
Lerwick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had never heard of this place, but my wife found it while searching for something a bit different to do while staying in Edinburgh. Our guide was enthusiastic and had various theories about what went on here. I guess everyone will have their own opinion. There may well be other places like this that haven't been discovered yet. Certainly worth... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We shared a very enjoyable afternoon tour. Sadly they said the regular guide was ill so hope he is better soon. The ladies did their best to show us round and it was quite interesting. Mulling all the theories of their possible reasons for being was amusing and we enjoyed the time we were given t8 explore on our own.... More 

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

Yes I am an adult, but I was scared. Very atmospheric and the actors bring the Edinburgh murder stories to life. I was put in a cell to await trial for witchcraft. We had two children of 11 and 14 years of age with us, and they loved it. I don't know if it would be too scary for younger... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not very easy to find and not open long hours but a very uncommercial and genuine experience. It's a bit rough round the edges but the staff are super enthusiastic and the place has a fascinating history - if you believe all the stories! Its difficult to believe that places like this could exist just beneath a main road in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Family including teenage boys were skeptical about spending an hour in a cave in Gilmerton but I think they were converted - tour guide was great and had lots of theories as to the origin of this quirky place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

This site took me completely by surprise. I had never expected it to be quite so interesting or haunting as it was, but it has really stuck with me and I can't wait to return! From the outside, you have no idea what to expect, and this for me is so charming and actually added to the experience. The entrance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

It's one of these places you must visit if you're visiting Edinburgh. Not sure what we expected prior to our visit but it turned out to be a really interesting hour . Our guide explained the history of these underground coves in a both informative and fun manner. I won't give things away but it's a must in my opinion.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Here we have, folks, a pile of questions about the cove - like who built it, when and why? It is clearly very old, and the various theories about its excavation and construction are well expounded. Is it actually only a couple of hundred years old? Or is it ten times older than that? Does it relate to Lodge Eagle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Mysterious underground...space. No one knows exactly what it was for, when it was created or by who...but it's obviously ancient...it was discovered when a parking lot was being built...it's hard to describe...hand dug into stone, a hiding place, a meeting place? A Very friendly and knowledgeable guide takes you down and tells you as much as is known. Very cool..you... More 

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