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“Very Interesting and a Bit Spooky”
Review of Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove
Ranked #28 of 428 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
Reviewed October 1, 2012

I am from Edinburgh but am now living in Australia, but on a trip back to Scotland went with friends and family to Gilmerton Cove, This is well worth a visit and the girl that took our tour, was very imformative, but also added a bit of humour.

This is well worth a visit if you like something a little different, I would recommend everyone to have a look at this place, and make up your own mind to why it is there??????

Hopefully this attraction will get more visitors so they can expand it and maybe add a coffee and gift shop. Although it was a nice change to not end up in a shop, feeling you have to buy a bit of 'tat'!

3  Thank Julie W
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

This place was great. We went to Mary King's close the day before and it was rubbish, but Gilmertom Cove really was worth the trip (we combined it with a trip to Craigmillar castle, well worth it as these two were combined were the same price as Mary King's close).

Anyway, it's far out from city centre but well worth the trip. You would pass it without realising, so check it out on google maps and then book in advance.

We went on a tour of only 3 people with one of the guides who was both funny and informative, she offered different theories about the cove, told you the history and let you decide what you think, you can take as many photos as you like and after the tour you are allowed to wander a bout a little bit on your own. The place is small, but you easily spend 45 mins there, the rooms with the stone seats and the table (sacrificial table? Witches table? Knight Templar's table? Hellfire club...bed?) are very impressive. A lot of work went into building it, not the work of one man.....

One of the best things to do in Edinburgh.

4  Thank Willrobb
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Had a great tour of the small but impressive system of caves under crossroads at Gilmerton. Many intriguing explanations to its beginnings provide added mystery and charm. Our guide was very well informed, enthusiastic and friendly. Good for adults or children.

3  Thank stephen123Edinburgh
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We heard about Gilmerton Cove via a documentary and decided to visit. What a fascinating place. Our hostess was incredibly knowledgable and made the visit really come alive for us.

Lots of caves, nooks and crannies, rooms and fireplaces to explore, all carved out of the bedrock and littered with masonic symbology. Would really like to see more excavation done on the rest of the tunnels (there's still plenty undiscovered!)

Never seen anything like it before in my life. Worth a visit if you are in Edinburgh. Phone to book in advance.

4  Thank LisaCoverdale
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Really enjoyed this tour. Guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and really made the place light up. You could definitely hear her enthusiasm for the place. The Cove itself was just jaw-dropping, it is hard to see how this place was carved from the rock.. very interesting.

Although it is a bus route to the Cove, it is only £2.80 return and takes approximately 25 minutes. There is a small locally run coffee shop in the nearby community centre which serves very nice scones and much cheaper than the overpriced cafes in the City centre.

2  Thank Chris M
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