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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 St Edinburgh EH17 8QH UK
16 Drum StreetGBEdinburghEdinburghEH17 8QH
+44 131 666 2035gilmertoncove.org.uk
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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
"Really interesting and strange underground cove."
"The tour guide did a terrific job and I found it fascinating."
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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.
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Lee Hopkins
5 months ago
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.
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Simon Tomlinson
7 months ago
A few miles out of Edinburgh. A very interesting afternoon learning about the history about the caves.
A Google User
3 years ago
Its never open because ypu have to make an appointment.itsca mysterious fantastic place.
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Tim Stappard
4 months ago
Really interesting and strange underground cove. Best to book ahead for a very entertaining guided tour by a charming local lady
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Joseph Garay
a year 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!
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Paul Kerr
2 years 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
4 years ago
absolutely brilliant trip underground at Gilmerton Cove, well worth the trip from Edinburgh city centre.