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“Well worth a visit.”
Review of Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove
Ranked #26 of 417 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 December 7, 2013

My wife and I contacted Gilmerton Cove and arranged to visit the attraction on Friday.The lady we spoke to was extremely helpful and efficient returning calls and even texting us. Superb!

During our tour, which turned out to be a private one as there was no-one else with us, the tour guide was extremely pleasant, extremely knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. She obviously takes a lot of pride in what she does.

Gilmerton Cove is a fascinating experience which is not to be missed. The entrance is very unassuming being located between a Vets and a betting shop but once inside the experience is very different and indeed thought provoking about its history.

Not to be missed!

5  Thank Stanley B
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

A fascinating one hour tour taken in conjunction with the Edinburgh pass (well worth the money if organising an itinerary in advance).
It seems likely that one of the original cave owners is buried down there somewhere out of reach, which adds a genuine creepiness to it all.
I thought that I might be able to suss out what had gone on down there (the tour guide invites ideas), but I was wrong.
Well worth jumping on the Gilmerton bus out of Edinburgh for (but book in advance)..

3  Thank IntensiveCareNurse
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Great experience at Gilmerton Cove. The guide was excellent and it's like nothing else in Edinburgh. Why it's there and who fashioned it are still mysteries today. Well worth a short bus trip, No 29 or No 3 from Princes St.

2  Thank Rona T
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

This experience if placed on Edinburgh High Street would have a permanent queue at it's very much unnoticeable doorway. It's an underground venue and it would appear still a real mystery as to why it's there and for what purpose was it carved out of the rock in the first place. The tour guide was excellent, enthusiastic and helped make the venue come alive. However for a very short bus journey the reward is very worthwhile. A nice surprise for anyone that doesn't like the 'trodden' commercial sites of the city. Or indeed for anyone with a little imagination or curiosity. Particularly good for small groups and for parents wondering where to take the kids next.

1  Thank Ruisi H
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

This was a very fun and unusual experience. I wont say too much about the actual "cove", because it is fun to discover the mystery while you are there; however, if you are claustrophobic this may not be for you because if you have a larger group it can get quite tight. You will be underground so it may be a little uncomfortable at times. If you are very tall ( over 6ft) and have a bad back you may have some issues as you will probably have to bend/crouch for much of the tour ( my boyfriend is 6ft and he occasionally had to crouch a little).
It is easy to get to from the center of Edinburgh if you take the 29 bus ( it took about 20 minutes) and the bus stop was right outside the entrance. Gilmerton is very small suburb and there isn't anywhere to kill time if you are very early so plan accordingly.

Thank Danielle S
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