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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. Put Gilmerton Cove at the forefront of your travel plans using our Edinburgh trip builder website .
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  • 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 »
  • My 2nd visit to this gem! Altho not in city centre, worth the effort. Lots of questions, no answers  more »
  • 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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  • A fascinating place. Lots of information about the various theories surrounding the Cove's construction and purpose, inevitably leaving us with lots of unanswered (and probably unanswerable) questions. The tour guide was very informative, as well as amusing.
  • A true hidden gem that I had no idea existed! Excellent, well informed guide who made such an interesting place to visit even more memorable. Lovely Scottish accent, we had a 'whale of a time!' 😂
  • Incredibly interesting place, very good guide and learned a lot about Scotland as well as this place, worth the bus ride out!
  • Fascinating. Excellent guide. Great value for money
  • Awesome local landmark! Definitely recommend a visit. Guide was fantastic.

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