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Edinburgh: Gilmerton Cove Guided Tour

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Enter the mysterious passages of Gilmerton Cove hidden beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Southside. Tour the series of secret chambers and passageways, all hand-carved from the sandstone bedrock, and hear theores as to who created such a place and why.
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  • Explore the 7 hand-carved chambers of Gilmerton Cove
  • See rock hewn furniture tables and chairs
  • Hear some of the theories about who and why the passages were built
  • Unravel the mysteries behind the 2 blocked up tunnels
  • Marvel at the baptismal font, punchbowl, and more
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Delve deep into the past at one of Edinburgh's most intriguing and enigmatic sites, and discover the city’s best kept secret.

Gilmerton Cove is a series of chambers and passageways hewn from the bedrock sandstone beneath the streets of Gilmerton on the Southside of Edinburgh. An archaeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 300 years, Gilmerton Cove features 7 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. During the guided tour you will see a fireplace, blacksmiths forge, and 2 back filled tunnels. Hear some of the theories as to its origins and uses.

Was it a secret drinking den, a covenanters refuge, witches coven, hellfire club, or secret meeting place of the Knights Templar? Is it 300 or 2,000 years old? You decide, and help unravel this stone carved puzzle box.
  • 45-minute guided tour with the opportunity to browse the Cove afterwards and take photos (maximum 1 hour)

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Gilmerton Cove, 16 Drum Street, Edinburgh. EH17 8QH, just off the Gilmerton crossroads next door to Ladbrokes

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• Please note that the flooring of the Cove is uneven, therefore sensible flat footwear is advised. Hard hats will be issued
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Product ID: 41622