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“Underground secret”
Review of Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove
Ranked #26 of 443 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 July 23, 2014

This place is small but amazing. It's a secret that needs to be told. There is more to be excavated and hard to tell what secrets might be told. Well worth a stop.

2  Thank Catherine M
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was a low key but interesting and very informative tour. If you go on a weekday your guide will probably be Margaretanne who was lovely, giving lots of back story and theories about the place. Gilmerton Cove is truly mysterious in that none of the experts (archaeologists, engineers etc.) can definitively say when the complex of caves were carved out or why.

If you have 4 hours to spare in Edinburgh then hop on the bus and take this tour which is quite different to your normal Edinburgh tourist attraction .

4  Thank sjpoll
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

I had heard about this attraction and finally got around to booking a visit. Depending on the time of year I believe that you have to pre-book a visit as it is not always open for a walk in.

The tour guide was very knowledgable and allowed plenty of time for us to wander around. There is a patchy history to the caves and with some tunnels frustratingly unexcavated it makes you wonder where the tunnels lead to which I suppose adds to its mystery.

This would not be suitable for wheelchair users as there are only stairs.

3  Thank John B
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We didn't really know what to expect when we booked this attraction but we were more than pleasantly surprised. We had the added bonus of being the only 2 people on the tour. Margaret Anne is a brilliant guide & really knows her stuff. A number 3 or 29 bus stops just across the road. Well worth a visit.

5  Thank Jonathan H
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Gilmerton cove is hard to get to a short bus ride away but we were given good instructions of what bus to catch and when to get off the bus. when you arrive a lovely guide will greet you and will helmets on you descend down stairs into the cove. The tour was very interesting and she was full of stories. there are many speculations of what the coves were used for. these stories stemmed from the inscriptions you see on the stones. its amazing that rooms, seats and tables, carved out of stone, are all lying underneath the streets of Edinburgh. Definitely worth a visit.

2  Thank Sugi g
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