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Address: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 9579
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Description: Dating back to 1470, and now incorporated into the Scottish Storytelling...
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 at The Netherbow, the halfway point on 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. We also offer Audio guides for £1 and you can also experience one of the Centre's bespoke tours of John Knox House and the surrounding Netherbow area. Opening times: Monday- Saturday 10am-6pm. The House is open on Sundays from 12-6pm in July and August. Admission prices: Adult - £5, Concession - £4, Children over 7 - £1, Children under 7 - Free.
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Good as a Primer for Understanding the Origins of Protestism

While somewhat knowledgeable about the Protestant reformation movement, we only had a small knowledge of the role John Knox played. This small museum helped our understanding... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I took the audio tour with my mother last month, after finding a Wowcher offer on the audio tour. This meant that we were able to take the audio handset tour at a price of £6 for two tickets, which was a great deal. The handsets worked well, and the audio tour included recorded segments about both the inside of... More 

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Leven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Using the audio handset I was directed through the house with ease. The rooms are tiny but is 4 floors and with wonderful stain-glass windows and painted panels. The history of the building and the amazing view of the Royal Mile from the upper floors make it worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

While somewhat knowledgeable about the Protestant reformation movement, we only had a small knowledge of the role John Knox played. This small museum helped our understanding and we're glad we stopped by. It's a small museum and you can do it in less than 1/2 hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Really interesting. Some lovely architectural quirks. Excellent audio guide.As a historian I already knew a fair bit about the genesis of Protestantism but this tour added to my knowledge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We had about an hour and a half before another tour, so popped in here for a look around. It's not expensive, well worth visiting and the exhibition is very informative. We even had time for a cuppa in the adjoining cafe, which I thoroughly recommend. A lovely, relaxed, friendly atmosphere, good service and delicious chocolate and peanut cookies (and... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to John Knox House and the Storytelling Cafe! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We love John Knox, so it is of interest to us to visit his house. The little museum is nicely done up, I feel. There are also interactive stuff suitable for children or teens. Below there is a cafe and a souvenir shop. Would encourage any Christian to visit if you happen to be on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

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

Thank you for your lovely review, it's great to hear you appreciated all the facilities the museum has to offer. I hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I was not sure what to expect from the content and presentation of the John Knox House. The historical events it relates can be quite controversial and yet they are important to the emergence of the English-speaking part of western civilization. I was pleasantly surprised. The historical material on site, the multi-media presentations, and the preservation of the building itself... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review, it's great to hear you liked looking at all the historic details the House has to offer. I hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It had been years since I had been to John Knox house, the exhibition was very good and given that you also had an audio guide it was great value at £5. However the trip was spoiled somewhat when my girlfriend and I went to the cafe. The cafe promotes the fact that they do table service but they seemed... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback, which I have passed to Glenfinlas as the owners and operators of the cafe. I'm sorry to hear you received poor service on this occasion and I hope it will not discourage you from visiting the museum again in the future. More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

For only £5 you can walk round John Knox's house. You learn about his life and his views on the events he was involved in during his life. It was interesting to find out about him. The house is stunning. One thing that is a shame is that there is a box you press buttons to hear a conversation between... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to John Knox House and I hope you had a great time in Edinburgh. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

An interesting period building based around a spiral staircase (I believe a turn pike). The house offers a good insight on people may have lived. Rooms contain a great deal of information and I think an audio tour is available. Be prepared for a a great deal of reading. This is a must for people with an interest of history.... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review, it's great to hear you liked looking at all the great historic details the House has to offer. I hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh! More 

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Address: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 9579
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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