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John Knox House Museum

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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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A must see for PRESBYTERIANS~

It was a rainy day and perfect for a visit to this House. This was my top priority for Edinburgh and I wasn't disappointed. The home is located on the route of the Hop On, Hop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

It was a rainy day and perfect for a visit to this House. This was my top priority for Edinburgh and I wasn't disappointed. The home is located on the route of the Hop On, Hop Off Bus tour and the driver told us where to get off. The exhibits were well marked and explained. The home was well preserved,... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went to John Knox House was very informative and interesting... Great if you are into history definitely recommend

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newport gwent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Visited John Knox house whilst in Edinburgh on a hen weekend over bank holiday weekend. Very informative and a lovely small museum. £5 entry for adults.

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

Thanks for your review and for posting the great pictures - I hope you enjoyed the hen weekend! More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Well worth a visit to see a lovely old building and find out about John Knox and his history with the city.

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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 I hope you had a great time in Edinburgh. More 

Escanaba, Michigan, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I was disappointed with the John Knox house in that I had hoped to learn more about the reformation or at least see period furniture, it was pretty plain. There was a house down the street, the Gladstone house, that brought the period alive. The John Knox people should talk to them to see how it should be done.

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

I'm sorry to hear you didn’t find the museum interesting. The Gladstone's Land exhibits are from the 17th century, some 100 years after John Knox's time, and it is purposefully designed to show how people lived during that period. Our intention is not to show what daily life was like during the Reformation, rather to give our visitors a unique... More 

Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The house is located on the Royal Mile, and gives a potted history of the lives of John Knox and James Mossman, who ideological opposites in the 16th century. An audio tour complements the exhibits to talk through the two lives of these men in the mid 1550s and their relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots.

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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 March 23, 2015

A must-see visit in Edinburgh, given Knox's importance to the history of Scotland, together with the fact that the house is Edinburgh's oldest. The tour - combination of what is on the walls, sounds, plus the supplemental audio guide -- is a bit of a jumble between Knox, the other owner, Mossman, and the house architecture. Still a worthwhile visit...... 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was very warmly welcomed by the very pleasant and efficient Rachel. Thank you very much. The house itself is rather plain and simple, but I don't think it could really be any other way in the circumstances, and I enjoyed my visit.

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

Thank you for your review! I will pass on your kind comments to Rachel. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My wife and I visited this house about two years ago. We are both very much interested in history and culture. That part we really enjoyed , I seem to remember the décor especially the old fireplace with a date carved into it of a Halloween evening hundreds of years ago. That said its funny how the negative experiences linger;... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I thought that it would be interesting but I found the more I learned about john Knox the more I didn't want him to live on in history. I wouldn't recommend it.

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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 sorry to hear you were not interested in John Knox's story. He is a controversial figure in Scottish history! However, I hope you were able to enjoy the experience of visting this medieval house, and that you had a pleasant time in Edinburgh. More 

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