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Address: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 9579
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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 Summary of Scottish Revolutionary History

If you're like us, unfamiliar with the Scottish History, a one hour visit to the house of John Knox might help to put some pictures in line. It's interesting to know how the early... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're like us, unfamiliar with the Scottish History, a one hour visit to the house of John Knox might help to put some pictures in line. It's interesting to know how the early era of religion is used to govern and to educate.

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

Thank you very much for your review, we're really glad you found your trip to the House informative! Hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is located in a very unique building that survived the reformation of the Royal Mile thus one of the only houses that still have their medieval structure (originally built in 1470) It will tell you the story of its owners, one of them is John Knox indeed, through several rooms. It's worth to see if you're interested in... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review! John Knox House is indeed a unique building, and we're really glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope you had a great time in Edinburgh! More 

Lauder, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderfully presented evocation of the history of a beautiful house and its inhabitants and their stories. Excellent inexpensive audio tour give in-depth information and brings Knox and his fellow travellers and enemies to life. One audio presentation cabinet not working and sign suggesting turning on and off was not helpful. Great venue with the Storytelling Centre, Netherbow Theatre and ace... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review! We're really glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the House and have noted your comments about the audio presentation cabinet. Hope to see you back again soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Small but very enjoyable and informative visit. Definitely worth a visit especially for those interested in Tudor history, the history of the Reformation and of Mary, Queen of Scots

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to John Knox House - thanks very much for your review! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This isn't just for church history geeks! The castles and palaces are great, but hardly anyone lived like that. Most people didn't live as well as this, either, but the history of the house itself, along with the history of John Knox and how it all ties in with Edinburgh and Scotland is fascinating. Well worth the visit.

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

Thanks very much for your review! We're really glad you enjoyed your trip to John Knox House and found it informative. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This very old building, parts of which date back to 1470 is definitely worth a visit particularly for anyone interested in the turbulent history of the times. Any Scottish schoolchild would be be able to tell you about the animosity between the Roman Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots and Puritan John Knox who was a founding father of the Church... More 

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

Thanks so much for such a positive and detailed review! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip to John Knox House and the Storytelling Cafe. Hope to see you back again soon! More 

Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Great place to spend 45mins to an hour. We had a voucher which meant entry was £2.50 each. We had an audio tour and it complemented the information you learn from visiting the castle. Great old building filled with history and it was laid out well. It was very quiet as we visited in the week.

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

Thank you very much for your review! We're really glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the House, hope to see you back again soon. More 

Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The welcoming staff encourage you to explore this house which reeks with history. Well 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 kind review! We're really glad you enjoyed your visit to the House, hope to see you back here soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Definitely worth going. I am looking forward to going back, still so much more i want to learn. The staff are great and helpful. I would recommend the audio tour. You can spend a good afternoon in the house and then have a lovely cup of tea afterwards. Got some very interesting books out of their little shop as well.... More 

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

Hello, thank you so much for your great review! We're really glad you enjoyed your visit to the House and to the Storytelling cafe, and we'll pass on your kind compliments to our staff. Hope to see you back here soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Visited the house on a quiet Thursday morning and took the audio tour with handset. The staff were extremely helpful and took time to explain the tour and house, shop and cafe. The tour takes about an hour however there is no rush or time constraints and plenty to see and history to take in. Would highly recommend a visit... 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 great review! We're really pleased to hear your enjoyed your visit to John Knox House and hope you found the audio tour informative. Hope to see you back again! More 

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