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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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‘Educational experience’

This small museum is certainly worth a visit – the building itself dating back in parts to the fifteenth century. The house has three storeys, the uppermost with oak panelling and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We spent over an hour going through the house using the audio tour but also reading any of the available written material. The life of John Knox was already somewhat known to us so the information we gained "fleshed out" a greater understanding of the man. To stand and look out the windows onto the busy Royal Mile gave us... More 

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

Thanks very much for your review! We're really glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the House. Hope you had a wonderful trip to Scotland! More 

Chepstow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

An easy recognized building on the main street of the Royal Mile, with a Hop On/Off bus stop right beside.A three storey house with a very narrow steep staircase leading to various rooms showing John Knox's work. Getting an audio guide is a good idea and at a cost of £1 well worth it.

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

Thanks very much for your review, we hope you enjoyed your visit to John Knox House and to Edinburgh! As you mention, parts of the House unfortunately aren't accessible to wheelchairs or those with walking difficulties. However, there is an interactive virtual tour on the ground floor for those unable to visit the upper levels of the building. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This small museum is certainly worth a visit – the building itself dating back in parts to the fifteenth century. The house has three storeys, the uppermost with oak panelling and elaborately painted ceilings; and at all levels visitors are provided with information about Knox’s life and times. An interesting educational experience!

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

Thank you very much for your review, we're very happy to hear you found the museum interesting. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Edinburgh, too! More 

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

Thank you very much for your detailed review! We're glad to hear you found the House interesting and will take your comments about the audio into consideration. Tours of the house are in fact available, however, these are bespoke experiences for larger groups and come at an extra cost. More information can be found on our website. Hope you enjoyed... More 

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

Thanks very much for your review, we're delighted you enjoyed your time at John Knox House. Hope to see you back again - the views are worth a second visit! :) More 

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

Thanks very much for your kind review. We're very happy to hear you found the museum interesting! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Scotland :) More 

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

Thanks very much for your great review. We're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to learn something new! More 

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

Singapore, Singapore
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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 

Jacksonville, North Carolina
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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 

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