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Mysterious tunnels prove hit with tourists - Gilmerton Cove has become one of Edinburgh's most highly rated tourist attractions since it opened in 2003.
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16 Drum Street Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH17 8QH
16 Drum StreetGBCity of EdinburghEdinburghEH17 8QH
+44 131 666 2035gilmertoncove.org.uk
Historical LandmarkToday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gilmerton Cove is a series of hand carved passageways and chambers that lie below ground to the south of Gilmerton crossroads.

After five years of work by Gilmerton Heritage Trust and The City of Edinburgh Council to restore and preserve it for future generations, it opened in August 2003, providing visitors of all ages with an educational and fun experience.

The entrance to Gilmerton Cove is through a visitor centre adapted from a traditional mining cottage.

This cottage now houses imaginative displays that depict the various theories behind the origins of Gilmerton Cove which, after extensive archaeological and historical research, still remain a mystery.  These include theories that it was the unique work of an 18th century local blacksmith George Paterson, a drinking den for gentry, a refuge for persecuted Covenanters and a smugglers lair.

Tours are by appointment only.
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Appointment-only exploration of mysterious, hand-carved tunnels and caverns, with a visitor centre.- Google
"The tour guide did a terrific job and I found it fascinating."
"...well worth the trip from Edinburgh city centre."
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Joseph Garay
2 months ago
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 Google User
a year ago
Its never open because ypu have to make an appointment.itsca mysterious fantastic place.
A Google User
2 years ago
Never seems to be open
Paul Kerr
a year ago
Gilmerton Cove..... well its appears to be never open, but just take a look and book, that way you'll get in to see what its all about. Fascinating, intriguing and a little horror .................oh and if you don't like being left alone ..........scary.....Hey but well worth the visit, great stories .....................and coming back this year 2013.
A Google User
2 years ago
absolutely brilliant trip underground at Gilmerton Cove, well worth the trip from Edinburgh city centre.
safren Koulibaly
a month ago