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John Knox House Museum

Address: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 9579
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Ranked #82 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Dating back to 1470, and now incorporated into the Scottish...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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 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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Of course, this was John Mossman's house rather than Knox's, but I guess history hasn't treated them in equal measure. I hadn't been here for over two decades, and I was delighted to come back as a refugee from the Royal Mile's remorseless retail therapy. Scotland in the mid 1500s was a turbulent place; Darnley's demise, the siege of Edinburgh... More 

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Sallanches, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Although I used to work off the royal mile I hadn't ever visited this house until last week. It was a very enjoyable afternoon browsing the museum and learning all about John Knox and the Reformation - I wish I'd done it sooner. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, explaining various features of the house to me as well... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review! It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the various aspects of the house, and we would be delighted to see you back here to visit the Storytelling Café. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Unfortunately I can't really comment on the overall experience but on the service we received trying to book a tour. We pre purchased vouchers to the John knox house and emailed to enquire about a booking. We were originally asking for a Sunday slot not realising the house isn't open on a Sunday unless in the summer. No1 responded to... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Let me just explains how Groupon works for us. We cannot claim the money you have paid to Groupon until we receive your voucher and redeem it with them so to accuse us of running some sort of a scam is not only untrue, it is illogical. There would be no benefit whatsoever for us... More 

Glasgow, Scotland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Mostly boring. Iconic & beautiful house with poor, uninteresting displays of information. The audio guide was useful but some wall numbers were difficult to find. Enjoyed the information about the lower floor & outside but once inside there are SO many written wall displays & they use those movement activated voices in some wee rooms so while you are trying... 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 sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit to the museum. As a small attraction we have tried to fit in as much information about John Knox and the Reformation period as possible, however I’m glad you enjoyed exploring the original features of the house. With regards to the audio tour, I have... More 

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68 reviews 68 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

An interesting building, with some high-quality information boards. A reasonable audio guide is available, and added to the experience. However, the whole impression was that this was an amateurish exhibit. OK, it is nice that not everything is corporate and uniform, but even the simple things were not quite right. For example, the day we visited the lights on the... 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 have asked the Reception staff about the day you visited and they remember being told the lights in part of the house were off. As you said, they were indeed surprised as it is an unusual occurrence! The duty manager was informed and quickly discovered that the switches inside the museum had been turned... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

good explanations. very nice and knowledgeable people at the reception desk with whom we had a discussion on the differences on catholic and protestant religion.

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

Thank you for your feedback on the house and our great reception desk staff! More 

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed visiting the house for the museum. Provides an interesting summary of the Reformation period between John Knox and Mary Queen of Scotts through the Mossman family. Brings to life the debate and turmoil in a simple way. Worth the stop.

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

Thank you for reviewing John Knox House K B! Glad to hear you found the Reformation period interesting. More 

Benson, Arizona
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This house was also where John Knox lived, he was born in 1505, He was a Scottish Clergyman who was a leader of Protestant Reformation. He stood up to Kings and Queens for what he believed was right. Very interesting to visit this house. It's on Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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

Thank you for your review syette - so glad to hear you enjoyed visiting John Knox House! :) More 

Laclede, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very in depth, giving a good view of John Knox's character and beliefs. Also contained a good amount of information on Mary Queen of Scots and John Mossman, keeper of the Royal Mint from 1539.

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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 post a review of the museum, and so glad you enjoyed the information on the House's famous past residents and associates! We hope the rest of your time in Edinburgh/Scotland is enjoyable. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Well worth a visit not to long a time spent in the museum but the kids had a great time with the story wall in the cafe staff were very helpful Thank you

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

Thank you for your review. Great to hear you (and the kids!) enjoyed John Knox House and the Storytelling Court space. More 

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