Gilmerton Cove

Closed 2022 due to Covid-19 and essential repairs to the site.

Enter one of Scotland’s most curious heritage sites. An archaeological mystery that has baffled experts for over 200 years.

Who would create such a place and why? 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? Romans? Druids? 300 or 2000 years old? You decide on a guided tour.

Gilmerton Cove is also included in the Edinburgh City Pass

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Underground Mystery

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.

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Gilmerton Cove


What are the best shoes to wear?

Wear comfortable sensible shoes suitable for an uneven surface.

How long does the tour last?

Each tour lasts between 45mins and 1 hour.

Will we bang our heads?

We provide helmets so even the tallest visitors are in safe hands.

Do we need to book ahead?

Yes, all tours must be booked in advance.

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