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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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Off the Beaten pass, a Memorable Experience !

So glad I went! Caves, I said you really want to see Caves.... I was so sure that I would not enjoy this and I was so wrong. The Cove is a wandering journey thru history with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Heather K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad I went! Caves, I said you really want to see Caves.... I was so sure that I would not enjoy this and I was so wrong. The Cove is a wandering journey thru history with many amasing artifacts from the people who used the Cove and from those that lived there. I could never do it justice, go... More 

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2 Thank Heather K
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gilmerton Cove is a very unique underground site that has a mysterious history. We wandered around in it for about an hour with our tour guide then had some free time to explore. It's a bit confusing as to what it was used for so it adds a bit of mystery to the experience. It's a bit outside of Edinburgh,... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The true purpose of the cove seems to be shrouded in mystery, but it is interesting to see if you are in the area; if you are on holiday in Edinburgh, I am not sure that this would be a good use of your time, though. Take a torch!

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2 Thank M1DXB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to check out Gilmerton Cove and were both very happy and surprised with the quality of the tour. We picked it on whim and so happy we did. If you are one who loves mystery and ancient ruins, check this out!

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3 Thank Steven B
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a fascinating place full of questions though there are probably mundane answers to most of them!

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1 Thank Barry D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been meaning to drop in to this place for years and so glad I did. I found it fascinating. Noone knows the real history behind it and listening to the various theories as you walk round was excellent. Tour guide very good. This place needs more publicity as one of the best places in edinburgh. Can't wait to hear what... More 

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

This place is a bit out of town but definitely worth a visit. I have driven past this place hundreds of times but didn't know it was there. For a great in-sight to the past traditions of the area it is well worth a visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

This is one of Edinburgh hidden gems! It is situated in the outskirt of Edinburgh and the visit requires booking. The guided tour leads to a series of underground caves, our guide was excellent in entertaining us on the mysterious story of the site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

My husband and I, who have very different interests, both thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The small group tour gives an intimate look at this fascinating sight.

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1 Thank jesshanley
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

went on a hen night it was fun and interesting if you have`nt been well worth a visit a bit of fun as well

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