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Gilmerton Cove

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Address: 16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 7914 829177
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Fascinating, creepy, bizarre

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... read more

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

2 Thank JJCUK
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

1 Thank RuthyGlasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank InigoQuesta
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

1 Thank Sarasota21
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank Kriss C
Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

3 Thank Debs1012
Emsdetten, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

3 Thank emskopp
Alston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Really interesting little place. No one really seems to know for sure what the coves were used for or when they were built so it really makes you think! Our guide was exceptional, so friendly and as we were the only people on the tour we had ample opportunity to ask questions and explore. The coves themselves are quite small... More 

3 Thank Lucy O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Really personal interesting underground experience. Loved the passion of the tour guide and the uniqueness of the whole experience.

2 Thank Claire V
Bremen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Nobody knows really. Did the templars build the cave or another secret coven? Or aliens? Was is a hideaway or a prison? A wine cellar? An underground city for the dead? Is it haunted? We don't know, but it is beautiful. Maybe one day, its secrets will come uncovered, until then it will remain a MYSTERY.

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