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John Knox House Museum

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Address: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
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+44 131 556 9579
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Interesting Very Old Historical House; Now A Museum

Apparently building of the house commenced in 1490 and it looks as if it had been around that long.John Knox apparently lived there only a short period iof time. This area of High... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 3, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The royal mile seems to be a rather happening spot when you come to visit this fine city. Lots of statues, churches, courtyards, nooks and cranny's, and some olde world buildings into the eye catchment. This to me was a different one, kind of a cross between that Edinburgh granite sternness and a little tudorish to boot, nice on the... More 

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

Thank you for your review - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time in the Old Town, taking in the closes and wynds and the picturesque architecture - we love how John Knox House juts out into the street from the main line of buildings. Hopefully if you're here again you can find more of the treasures from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Apparently building of the house commenced in 1490 and it looks as if it had been around that long.John Knox apparently lived there only a short period iof time. This area of High Street is quite historical and even if you do not visit the Museum that the John Knox House contains it is worth a visit.

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

Thank you for your review! We agree that this area of Edinburgh is steeped in history, including the Netherbow Well, just outside our door. As well as giving an oversight into John Knox's influence on Scotland's reformation, there's also lots of historical information on what it was like to live in the are in medieval times. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

We stumble across this which is a combination of an old historical house, book store and very child friendly coffee shop. The staff are excellent and helpful - best we have found in Edinburgh. The old house itself provides very a good historically accurate portrayal of life in old Scotland and for £5 excellent value. Coupled to this is a... 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 review Stuart - delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and our friendly faces. We hope to see you again when you are next up for the big smoke. Haste ye back! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

We stumbled into the museum to get a reprieve from the busyness of the royal mile. It took about 30-45 mins to go through and we learned a lot about John Knox and his role in the scottish reformation etc. There were some great artifacts like a Bible from the 17th century. Its a go at your own pace and... More 

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

Thank you for your review Alex! Glad to hear you escaped the hustle and bustle with a rewarding look around the House. Haste ye Back! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

John Knox, the Catholic priest who would come to realize that the Word of God (The Bible) corrects the teachings and external worship of the Roman Catholic Church would lead the Scottish people into the light of scripture in their own language. He and the Scottish people in 1559-60 would end the rule of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland.... More 

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

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit to John Knox House - great pictures too! Thank you for visiting :) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

There is information here about both John Knox who resided there briefly apparently, and a jeweler who also resided there. Cool look into how those of that era lived

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

Thank you for your write up Anne! We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the house - it's great to have the spae to showcase 15th century Edinburgh! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

I stumbled on the ticket when I went in the John Knox House book store. I received a free ticket for a specific time. This is so the museum is not over crowded. The time slot is just to enter the museum, and there is no guided tour. Several minutes passed in the first room before we all figured out... More 

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

Thank you for your review Lilly, it sounds like you came to visit us on Doors Open Day, which is fantastic! We endeavour to let all our customers know it is a self-guided tour and apologies if this was confused on the day of your visit. Hope you enjoy the book also and you're welcome back anytime :) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

my wife and I popped in onour recent visit to Edinburgh and found this a little hiden gem and welll worth a visit

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

Thank you for your review BigDode - glad you found us and I hope the rest of your visit to the City was as enjoyable. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

John Knox's House on the Royal Mile is well worth a visit. Described as the oldest house in Edinburgh it gives insight into the type of early townhouse that has disappeared from most cities. The museum presents both a period interior and its furnishings as well as information about John Knox himself. Should be visited and is in a convenient... More 

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Thank you for your rave write-up of John Knox House! We are so pleased you enjoyed the visit :) More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Knew almost nothing about John Knox going in - felt I knew him very well indeed coming out! So - I read all the boards and learnt a lot but there is little to see of the house and almost no history of the building itself on display. The wood panel room on the 2nd floor was very good and... More 

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

Thank you for your review of John Knox House - fair comments indeed that are being taken into consideration as part of a refresh of the museum to ensure it’s a richer experience for visitors to the medieval house, including younger visitors too! More 

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