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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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We arrived a bit early as you have to book a time slot . Wished we hadn't as there was nothing else to do in the town, not even a coffee shop.so we sat and waited in the car... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived a bit early as you have to book a time slot . Wished we hadn't as there was nothing else to do in the town, not even a coffee shop.so we sat and waited in the car. Eventually this little wooden door opened and we were greeted by a delightful guide. There were 10 of us. We made... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is hard to describe this site. A subterranean set of rooms with no nown purpose. Recently discovered to be larger than thought it offers a experience which should not be missed unless you are worried about caves and enclosed paces. The display is informative as far as it can go, and the guides knowledgeable.

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1 Thank Adam C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After seeing this place while driving past we'd been meaning to see what it was for years, and I'm glad we finally checked it out. It's not super picturesque or life changing or something, but what it is is very bizarre, unique, and a little creepy. The thing is, they don't actually know what this little series of caves and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We read about Gilmerton Cove online and, curious to see this strange place for ourselves, booked one of their daily tours - packing a torch and sensible shoes in our luggage in anticipation of our visit. A 30 minute drive from central Edinburgh lies Gilmerton Cove - hidden below the Gilmerton Crossroads and next to a betting shop. Through the... More 

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

What a great wee tourist place to visit, by appointment only. Margaret Anne the guide was so informative and interesting in explaining all the possibilities of this place. Fantastic to be there and nobody still knows what the tunnels were actually dug out for. Brilliant.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Not well known and a wee bit away from the city centre, but well worth seeking it out. A mysterious laberynth of rooms and passages hewn out of the rock beneath the existing shops and road. A great guide explainsrhe possible origins and links to other mysterious sites such as Rosslyn Chapel.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Wow, well worth a visit. Very interesting & well off the usual tourist trail. Guide was very informative. Full of intrigue & mystery.

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Very strange cave network carved out of the rock below a betting shop and crossroads. The tour guide was brilliant and knowledgeable about the coves and it's potential historic theories. All of which were very plausible and believable. For me though the stories all seemed very vague and that the caves themselves were almost created as a tourist attraction. Apparently,... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We booked a tour here and were not entirely sure what to expect. However the tour guide was wonderful, so friendly and informative regarding both the history of the underground chambers and the present circumstances. The guide made the tour funny, thoughtful and intriguing. The chambers are absolutely amazing, we could not believe that they were there at all. There... More 

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Emsdetten, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

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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