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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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superb adventure underground

We took the bus on Sunday to go to Gilmerton and on arrival we found the cove closed. There was a phone no on the door and we tried to ring, no answer. But then the door opened... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Emsdetten, Germany
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Emsdetten, Germany
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the bus on Sunday to go to Gilmerton and on arrival we found the cove closed. There was a phone no on the door and we tried to ring, no answer. But then the door opened and we were greeted by a nice lady who told us that we could join the group and the tour started some... More 

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Alston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really interesting little place. No one really seems to know for sure what the coves were used for or when they were built so it really makes you think! Our guide was exceptional, so friendly and as we were the only people on the tour we had ample opportunity to ask questions and explore. The coves themselves are quite small... More 

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1 Thank Lucy O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really personal interesting underground experience. Loved the passion of the tour guide and the uniqueness of the whole experience.

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1 Thank Claire V
Bremen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nobody knows really. Did the templars build the cave or another secret coven? Or aliens? Was is a hideaway or a prison? A wine cellar? An underground city for the dead? Is it haunted? We don't know, but it is beautiful. Maybe one day, its secrets will come uncovered, until then it will remain a MYSTERY.

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1 Thank Hamlette
edinburgh
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First heard about this as a murder scene in one of James Oswald's books. Thought I'd take the kids to see it. They thought it beat expectations. I think it's interesting to see the geology of the place and it's worth a visit. But.... there's very little real understanding of it and some confusing stories. It seems to be linked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with our 2 kids (9 & 12) and granny in tow. Everyone thought it was absolutely superb. An incredible place. Margaretanne our guide was excellent. Lots of superb information and funny stories. She made the visit even more special and was great with the kids. You're given a full tour to begin with and are then allowed time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cove is a little bit out of town in the area of Gilmerton, well served by buses. You have to book a tour in advance as there is a limit to the numbers that can be taken into this small space, beneath a booky's shop and looking a bit like a Hobbit hole! Our guide Margaret Ann was great... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent guide to this most unusual place. You make up your own mind as to its use in history. Very intriguing. Can only fit a small number of visitors each tour so book in advance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 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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Lerwick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 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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