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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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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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Great to see this fantastic house again

It would just be the case wouldn't when I got inside this beautiful historic building that I camera battery died - but wait I'll use my Smartphone - well not so smart, me that is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Johnson City, New York, United States
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A missed opportunity. This place should and could be amazing but it is not. The building and its place in Scottish history is so important, but when you go in you find a poorly narrated history, grubby, crooked boards that repeat themselves and miss out key facts (i.e. you go from the first to the second rooms and suddenly John... More 

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Johnson City, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It would just be the case wouldn't when I got inside this beautiful historic building that I camera battery died - but wait I'll use my Smartphone - well not so smart, me that is - as that had also died !! :O( Well worth another visit on my return in August with recharged batteries - myself, my camera and... More 

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Frankford, West Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A self guided tour of the home John Knox lived in before his death. If you do not know who John Knox is, what was in the tour would provide some help but not much. If you enjoy the opportunity to be in a home built in the early 1500's then this would be of interest. Was it worth the... More 

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

Thanks for your review of John Knox House Jim - we glad you enjoyed the visit and I've taken note of more facts/overview that may be needed for visitors to the House. Our Centre staff have lots of background on Knox and the House as well, and are always keen to chat to those who are interested. More 

North Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Passed this house on the Royal Mile so many times on previous visits to the city but never visited and it is such an interesting looking building. Anyway, glad we took the time to go in. Gave us a good insight into John Knox and the Reformation, also the building's interesting architecture, there are some steep narrow stairs.

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

Thank you very much for your review. We're really glad to hear you the House lived up to your expectations! Hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm glad we popped in here. It's a beautiful building, with a fascinating history. I wish we had more time.

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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! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The John Knox house is an excellent stop for getting a bit of history that played a huge role in Scotland's development and also seeing a bit of what life was like in the 16th century. It has an extensive gift shop on the ground level and the staff were welcoming and helpful. Very pleasant experience in interacting with them.... 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 very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to the House and will pass on your kind comments to our visitor services staff. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Edinburgh! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

It is small with loads of history. Externally the old building is quite beautiful and claims to be the oldest building in the Royal Mile and built in the 15th century.it is one of many buildings in the street that are significant but this stands out despite its small size.

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

Thanks very much for your review. We agree, the House is very striking - glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

McMinnville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

I'm impressed that the Scots appreciate John Knox and history so much that they will not widen the street and remove this landmark (although if the Egyptians can move gigantic structures, I'm sure the local government could find a way to re-work surrounding structures and move it a couple hundred feet). John Knox didn't live here very long, but his... More 

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

Thanks very much for your review - indeed, we do appreciate our listed buildings here! We're very glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the House. Hope you had a great trip to Scotland! More 

Richmond
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

John Knox may have only lived here for a short time, but this museum does a wonderful job of bringing the history of Knox and others of his time alive. One can easily picture what it was like then because the building has changed so little. You can see St. Giles Cathedral from the upper windows and imagine Knox making... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're really glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Hope you enjoyed your trip to Edinburgh just as much. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

So, to start my wife and I did enjoy this house - however on reflection I think there are a few areas where it could improve. I am interested in the reformation, so the old books they have there were really interesting to see (especially the annotated bible). However, it was a lot of media/printed poster which I felt I... More 

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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 glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and will take note of your feedback about the media for consideration. Hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh! More 

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