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John Knox House Museum

43-45 High St., Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
+44 131 556 9579
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Ranked #107 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Owner description: Dating back to 1470, and now incorporated into the Scottish Storytelling Centre, John Knox House is one of Scotland's greatest cultural treasures and... more » Owner description: Dating back to 1470, and now incorporated into the Scottish Storytelling Centre, John Knox House is one of Scotland's greatest cultural treasures and is associated with the most dramatic events in Scotland's turbulent history. Located in The Netherbow, the halfway point in the Royal Mile and the site of Edinburgh's medieval gateway, the House was the home of James Mossman, goldsmith to Mary Queen of Scots, and became known as the final residence of John Knox, the Protestant reformer.On three floors, the exhibition highlights the building's beautiful craftsmanship and the stories of its famous inhabitants. Come close to the most dramatic conflicts in Scotland's history. Stand where they stood and hear the drama in their own words.The original Netherbow bell, cast in 1621, and a carved stone plaque from the Port (or Gate) have been reinstated in the Storytelling Centre's bell tower. Opening timesMonday- Saturday 10am-6pmThe House is open on Sundays from 12pm -6pm in July and AugustAdmission pricesAdult - £5 Concession - £4 Children over 7 - £1.00 Children under 7 - Free « less
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Fox River Grove, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The house, along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, was an interesting stop as we walked down the Royal Mile. Displays provide historical information. In one room, the visitor can even don robes and pose as Knox. We thought it was worth a visit, though we thought the 5 pound admission was a bit steep for the size of the museum.

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for John Knox House, and great pics! More

Rochdale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

John Knox house is situated on the Royal Mile lower down the hill and on the opposite side of the road from the Cathedral. Here John Knox spent the last years of his life. Most of the information is on Information Boards that tell you about the man and his religious beliefs and his stormy relationship with Mary, Queens of... More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. It's always great to get feedback on ways to make the house more appealing for visitors an we've taken your comments on board. Glad to see you had a great time up in Edinburgh during your visit! :) More

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I never managed to visit the inside of John Knox House in all the many years I lived in Edinburgh. Now I'm returning as a tourist I thought I should see what it has to offer. It is mainly a preserved historical house that contains exhibits about the life and times of John Knox. It gives you an interesting view... More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and glad you enjoyed the visit. More

st andrews, united kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

It is difficult to imagine the everyday life of the people 500 years ago, so this house is a good way of interacting (even dressing up as a character of those days!), Some original features, such as the painted rof, or some paintings make the visit worthwhile. Every time I've visited Edinburgh, for one reason or another I hadn't been... More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and glad you enjoyed stepping into history. The house was named after John Knox as it was his association with the building that saved it from demolition in the 1840s, because he stayed in the house for a short time just before his death in 1572, as well as guiding visitors through the Scottish Reformation,... More

Canyon, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

A lovely little exhibit on the royal mile. More of a historical house than anything else, it's presentation of Knox and his life was painstakingly impartial, which may in fact be impossible to do. Very much worth the visit, if not only for the audio reproduction of John Knox' and Mary, Queen Scots' vitriolic conversation. Recommended for certainly being the... More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and so happy to hear you enjoyed John Knox House (I too love the vitriolic conversation recording). More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This would be interesting for those interested in the history of Knox, however for the average traveler it's not worth the 5 pounds fee.

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We're always looking at ways to make the house more appealing and it's always useful to have feedback. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Edinburgh. More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visit this lovely house to see the fascinating architecture and learn about the Protestant John Knox. He was key in taking down Mary Queen of Scots (frankly, I think he was a wretched person), still I love this tiny museum.

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Elaine J, Customer Services Administrator at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. It's great to hear you enjoyed visiting the house, no matter your opinion on John Knox himself! I hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh. More

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This house has plenty of really good interpretation which gives you a great insight into the life and thoughts of John Knox, without being overbearing. Has a great cafe on the ground floor.

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments :) More

San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Based on other reviews, we did realize that this is not the "hot spot" of Edinburgh's Old Town but decided to give it a try since it was the first place near our hotel. What a wonderful surprise and what a great way to begin studying the history of the area. We found ourselves talking about that museum as we... More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Sue - so glad you enjoyed the museum and it was a nice surprise :) More

Brechin, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

If you are interested in History, like me - then definitely give this a bash. I found it informative and the old style rooms really give you a sense of the past. Not much for kids of any age though - so in that respect a bit disappointing. My husband who is not into history thought the Wooden Block Puzzles... More

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Elaine J, Customer Services Administrator at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We're looking at ways to make the house more appealing for children and young adults and it's always useful to receive feedback on this. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit though! More

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