Gilmerton Cove

Historic Sites

16a Drum Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH17 8QH

    Delve deep into the past into one of Edinburgh's most intriguing and enigmatic sites and discover Edinburgh's best kept secret.

    Gilmerton Cove is a series of chambers and passageways hewn from the bedrock sandstone that lie hidden beneath the streets of Gilmerton on the Southside of the City. An archaeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 300 years. Visit the secret chambers and passageways of Gilmerton Cove. This unique hand carved subterranean attraction has seven different rooms with rock hewn furniture tables and chairs, after extensive historical and archaeological research investigators still don't know the exact origins of this site. The Cove has features such as a well, a fireplace, a blacksmiths forge and two back filled tunnels just waiting to be explored - theories abound as to its origins and uses. Secret Drinking Den? Covenanters Refuge? Witches Coven? Secret Meeting Place? Hellfire Club? Knights Templar? 300 or 2000 years old? You decide on a guided tour and help us unravel this stone carved puzzle box.

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    4 Tour
    Opening Times
    Opening times 2014
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Booking Essential. Please call to book your space.

    Road Directions

    From Edinburgh City Centre. Head South onto North Bridge/A7 Continue to follow A7. Continue onto Newington Road/A7 Go through 1 roundabout. Turn left at Gilmerton Rd/A772. Travel 2 miles on A772. Destination is on the right.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- No. 3, 3A & 29 LRT Bus Departs middle of North Bridge. Head South onto North Bridge/A7 Continue to follow A7. Continue onto Newington Road/A7 Go through 1 roundabout. Turn left at Gilmerton Rd/A772. Travel 2 miles on A772. Destination is on the right.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Journey Planner
    • 20% off full ticket price. Valid from 31/03/14 to 25/05/14 Hidden beneath the streets on the southside of Edinburgh lies one of Scotlands most curious heritage sites. An archeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 200 years. Explore our hand carved chambers and passageways with rock hewn furniture, table and chairs. Join us on a guided tour and discover Edinburgh's best kept secret. Booking essential 0131 666 2035 TERMS AND CONDITIONS This voucher entitles the bearer to one free adult or child activity when a full-price adult is booked for the same activity. The cheapest place will be free. Valid for one free activity session only. Not available on concessions, groups or with any other offer or promotion. Offer valid every day between 31/03/14 and 25/05/14, subject to availability and opening times. Not for use online. Voucher may only be used on day of attendance and surrendered on use. Not for resale. No cash value. Only original vouchers accepted. Void if altered or damaged. For opening times, prices, details and Ts and Cs, see the attraction’s website. All details correct at time of going to press, but we suggest contacting attraction prior to visiting.

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