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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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  • This is VERY much worth doing. We did a lot in Edinburgh but this will be by far the most memorable. DO THIS. This is not a good tour for handicapped as there are stairs and these are real caves so yo...  more »
  • I visited Gilmerton Cove yesterday, accompanying a private tour client. I had heard that the Cove was very interesting, but the reality is way, way beyond what I expected. There's still uncertainty ab...  more »
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  • Very interesting visit. Last tour of the day and the tour guide still had energy and a good sense of humour. They do very well with what they've got but they are in need of financial support.
  • This place is wonderful! We visited between Christmas and New Year. We arrived before anyone else and the lady who met us was absolutely lovely, and immediately made us feel at ease and began to tell us a little about the cove. But the real 'wow' starts when you decent the stairs in your hard hat and see what's hiding below! We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the tour. I do think they would benefit hugely by having an online pre-pay booking system, since out of the 11 people that should have been on our tour only 4 of us turned up. At the moment you pay on the day, so the cove lost out on the ticket price for 7 people who couldn't be bothered to turn up which is incredibly sad since there was also a waiting list. I appreciate this would probably be costly to implement but it would mean the cove did not lose out for no-shows. This a small out of town attraction (you'll need to get a bus, but it's very easy to find) and really relies on people visiting. And you absolutely should!
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