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Gilmerton Cove

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Address: 16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
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+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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This is a hidden gem. Off the beaten track for tourists but well worth a visit. Allow an hour. You must book in advance but this is easy: phone numbers on website. Raises more... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Esther S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem. Off the beaten track for tourists but well worth a visit. Allow an hour. You must book in advance but this is easy: phone numbers on website. Raises more questions than it answers. No disabled access!

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2 Thank Esther S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you book in advance, but otherwise this tour is well worth doing. I've traveled around Europe quite a bit, and I've never seen anything quite like this. These undergound tunnels were a bit smaller than I'd initially expected, but still quite impressive considering they were carved out. The best part of this sight is the fact that it's... More 

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1 Thank Emily M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cove space is small but makes it exciting to know that you are somewhere where in the future more can be discovered. It's nice to hear all the different theories around why the spaces were built. A quirky adventure underground. Would recommend :)

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2 Thank Sheila L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the tour, the caves themselves are fascinating and our tour guide was very informative and entertaining. A word of warning those who are on the tall side will find it a bit uncomfortable in places and the hard hat is a must.

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1 Thank Felicity C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today and was greeted by a lovely woman, who clearly has a lot of passion for the site, and Scottish history in general. She was very friendly and knowledge-able, as well as making you feel comfortable and at ease. Such a younique afternoon out, which teaches a lot about local Scottish history and get your imagination flowing! Would highly... More 

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2 Thank Tilly S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a mildly interesting 'attraction' but instead of allowing the place to speak for itself the organisers attempt to 'piggy-back' on the other nearby attraction - Rosslyn Chapel - by suggesting that it is connected with Scottish Freemasonry. There is no evidence whatsoever in support of this suggestion.

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GilmertonEdinburgh, Manager at Gilmerton Cove, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review Gilmerton Cove. As we don't know the exact origins of the site we discuss the many theories attached varying from secret religious worship to a secret drinking den. We have Masonic marks carved into one of the table tops, this is mentioned on the tour as is a very early guidebook written... More 

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Reviewed March 16, 2017

We arrived a bit early as you have to book a time slot . Wished we hadn't as there was nothing else to do in the town, not even a coffee shop.so we sat and waited in the car. Eventually this little wooden door opened and we were greeted by a delightful guide. There were 10 of us. We made... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

It is hard to describe this site. A subterranean set of rooms with no nown purpose. Recently discovered to be larger than thought it offers a experience which should not be missed unless you are worried about caves and enclosed paces. The display is informative as far as it can go, and the guides knowledgeable.

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2 Thank Adam C
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Reviewed February 28, 2017

After seeing this place while driving past we'd been meaning to see what it was for years, and I'm glad we finally checked it out. It's not super picturesque or life changing or something, but what it is is very bizarre, unique, and a little creepy. The thing is, they don't actually know what this little series of caves and... More 

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1 Thank David N
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Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

We read about Gilmerton Cove online and, curious to see this strange place for ourselves, booked one of their daily tours - packing a torch and sensible shoes in our luggage in anticipation of our visit. A 30 minute drive from central Edinburgh lies Gilmerton Cove - hidden below the Gilmerton Crossroads and next to a betting shop. Through the... More 

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