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Gilmerton Cove, Edinburgh

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No one knows exactly what prompted the creation of Gilmerton Cove, a labyrinth of hand-carved passages and chambers operating as a secret city underneath the streets of Gilmerton. Possibilities for this soapstone structure, known locally as the Cove, include a clandestine drinking den, a smugglers’ lair, and a refuge for the persecuted. Audio tours and visual exhibits explain evidence for each theory, but much of the fun is wondering how it all came together and why. Some passageways are dark; bring a flashlight if you can. Wearing stable shoes to grip the smooth surface is a must. Tours must be booked in advance. Our Edinburgh travel itinerary planner makes visiting Gilmerton Cove and other Edinburgh attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 20, 2017
    If you looking for an interesting place just outside the mayhem which is Edinburgh then this is a must see. 25 minutes on the bus and you are there. Very interesting and informative 45 minute tour aro...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    My 2nd visit to this gem! Altho not in city centre, worth the effort. Lots of questions, no answers  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    On the outskirts of the city centre, behind a single door lies this very intriguing place. Best booked in advance.  more »
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  • Awesome local landmark! Definitely recommend a visit. Guide was fantastic.
  • Interesting place with a brilliant guide. Well worth a visit.
  • Highly recommend this hidden gem of a place. Our knowledgeable guide showed us around the mysterious underground caverns. Has to been seen to be believed!
  • Fascinating tour. Great host, clearly passionate about Gilmerton Cove and its past. Don't be put off by its out-of-town location; it's easy to get to by regular buses from Princes Street or North Bridge and well worth the visit.
  • Interesting place. Sounds like it's set to become more interesting as more is discovered.

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