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Gilmerton Cove, Edinburgh

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • Amazing place, really enjoyed visiting with my young daughter. Excellent welcome and tour with Margaret. Mysterious and fascinating, a true hidden gem. 
  • Myself and my partner visited the cove whilst on a short break in Edinburgh and it didn't disappoint! A little outside of the main town but well worth the journey. The cove itself is untouched, myster...  read more »
  • Fantastic little find on my trip to Edinburgh, bus ride from Princes Street, so worth it if you are interested in history and enjoy a mystery as the creation and purpose for this place is as yet unres...  read more »
  • Really interesting hole in the ground. Hopefully they will get the funds to survey the surrounding grounds and hopefully see where the tunnels go. Great guide! Edit: They do have a bathroom! I was there 2016-06-19, and used it! And as someone else said, bring a flashlight.
  • Very interesting, guide was excellent. If only we knew what they were dug out for... Lots of theories, but noone knows for sure. Worth a visit.
  • Really interesting and strange underground cove. Best to book ahead for a very entertaining guided tour by a charming local lady
  • a great experience. yes an appointment is necessary but when I called they had a spot open in less than an hour. The tour guide did a terrific job and I found it fascinating. bring a flashlight if possible. caution: no public bathrooms!
  • A few miles out of Edinburgh. A very interesting afternoon learning about the history about the caves.
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