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Review of Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove
Ranked #26 of 411 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
Sozopol, Bulgaria
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2013

This was a fun little trip about 20 min or so with bus from Edinburgh centre. We had a great time :)

The underground cave is not very big, and if you'd been sent down alone to just look around, it could quickly have become rather dull. However; the woman that guided us was perfect for the job! She showed us around, told us everything there was to know, and told funny little stories and jokes. She was enthusiastic in a very positive way, and made it interesting.

The cave is impressing, and it's a unique site. It wasn't too expensive either, so good value for money!

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Kat S
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“interesting, mysterious and different”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

The Gilmerton Cove is situated south of Edinburgh city centre. Visit their website for information as to how to get there. The bus journey takes approximately 15 minutes from Edinburgh's North Bridge. The tour lasts approximately 40 minutes and is very informative. The fee is £7.50 for adults.

Visited March 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good mystery”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This underground mystery is worth a look. The tunnels and rooms make you wonder what they were made for. The tour guide was excellent and fun. The only thing not giving it a five is that it is a bit out of the way and only lasts 45 minutes but if you have extra time it is worth seeing.

Visited March 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A great little find!”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We went here on a weekend afternoon and absolutely enjoyed the experience. When you reach the door it looks very strange, but once u get in the door you get the feel of whats its going to be like. The lady who conducts the tour is very warm and welcoming and shares all her knowledge/theories in a great manner, which is interesting for the adults and kids alike. We do wish they get the govt grant and excavate it further so we can go back there 10yrs down the line to explore some more! :) Definitely recommend this experience to everyone!

Visited March 2013
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very mysterious and leaves you wanting to find out more!”
Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Great value tour. The guide was very keen and enthusiastic. She clearly loved the project and this made us just as enthused as she was.

4 Thank tomdodge
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