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“Well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove
Ranked #25 of 394 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 / lift
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“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed 30 July 2012

Totally unique and fascinating! I wasn't sure what to expect but we want to go back and explore some more. Our guide was lovely and the guys there couldn't do enough for you. Bargain at only a fiver!

Visited July 2012
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“Very interesting......but.....”
Reviewed 30 July 2012

For the money this was good value. But, with so few facts relating to the true origin of this hole that has been dug I can't help but feel a little 'done over'. It wouldn't surprise me f this wasn't some persons folly who found they could make some money out of early tourism, having illegal drinking sessions and holding a bit of a boys club down there. I built a tree house once. This seems to be a far more elaborate version of the same.

Visited July 2012
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Wetteren, Belgium
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

We went to the Gilmerton Cove on the 28th of july 2012. When we arrived on the spot, we were waiting outside since the door was closed. You have to knock on the door and they'll let you in. Margaret welcomed us inside and we waited on 3 other people. For our own safety we had to wear a helmet when we went down the stairs. This attraction is inaccessible for people in a wheelchair. Margaret was a wonderful guide and she told us about the different theories about the cove. We were very intruiged by all the things we've heard and seen down there. We really enjoyed our visit and will recommend it to other people. This is well worth a visit when you're in or near Edinburgh.
The guided tour took around 45 minutes and after that you could wander around to explore some more of the cove and take some pictures. We've paid £5 p.p. There are no toilet facilities inside, but you can use the toilets next door (in Ladbrokes)

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Katrijn B
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Interesting and unique tour”
Reviewed 29 July 2012

Fun and interesting tour- Wonderful tour guide! I really enjoyed hearing all the different theories surrounding this cove.

Visited July 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A secret place well worth a look”
Reviewed 26 July 2012

Hidden in a quiet cottage you would never guess what lies beneath. With a fantastic knowledgeable guide Gilmerton Cove is a place you must visit. The price is very reasonable and information fascinating. A real treasure worthy of looking at. There is more waiting to be discovered underneath our streets .......

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