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“Worth a Visit if Interested in Religious History or Scottish History”

John Knox House Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This museum is located on the Royal Mile near the "End of the World" as it was known in John Knox's day, i.e., the location of the old city gate and where many locals thought the world actually ended. The building is one of the oldest extant in Edinburgh dating back to perhaps the 15th century. It indeed exhibits some earmarks of medieval construction. It is a worth a look just for this fact. However, I was interested in a visit because John Knox was an important reformer and leader of the nascent protestant movement in the 16th century. As the Founder of Presbyterianism, he is a standout in Scottish social history. But he was prominent not just as a religious pioneer. He was also as an important political reformer whose ideas were the start of a revolution of thought that led to greater egalitarian ideals in Scotland and elsewhere. The museum does a decent job giving an account of the life and times of this interesting man. The museum is moderately priced in my estimation (4.50 poinds) and It is worth spending the extra 1 pound to get the audio guide. The audio guide leads the listener through numerous stages of the museum making interestng points concerning Knox's life. The house actually belonged to a well-to-do family who were goldsmiths and minters for the crown. This members of this Catholic family were supporters and patrons of the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots. Their story is also woven into the highlights of this museum. For a person with the matching set of interests, this museum can be a worthwhile part of their visiti to Edinburgh.

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Elaine J, Customer Service Administrator at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2013

Great review of the history of the house, thanks! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and found the audio guide particularly useful.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is a real jewel in the crown when it comes to history in Edinburgh ! The audio tour is wonderful, and highlights the history of the reformation.
The storytelling centre is in the same building, and the café selling wonderful homebaking is amazing !
A must go if you're in the capital !

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Elaine J, Customer Service Administrator at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2013

Thanks for your feedback! Lovely to hear you enjoyed your visit to the house and the Storytelling Centre, and that you found the audio guide useful.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

complete waste of time nothing to see do not know why this is an important building very badly presented

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Elaine J, Customer Service Administrator at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

John Knox House is of historical importance as parts of it date back to 1470 and it is one of the oldest public buildings in Edinburgh. John Knox, the leader of the Reformation in Scotland, lived here and for that reason the house has remained intact over the centuries, while those around it have been demolished or modernised.

The museum tells the story of John Knox and others who have lived here, as well as a social history of Edinburgh throughout the Reformation. As a Visit Scotland 4 star attraction we are confident we present the museum and our facilities well, however I am sorry to hear you did not agree with this on your visit to the house.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is in an interesting part of town, half way down the Royal Mile. Staff were friendly and helpful. It was interesting to see the house and read the history of this important person in history , but compared to other attractions its quite expensive for the time spent in the house

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Elaine J, Customer Service Administrator at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

I'm sorry to hear you think the house is too expensive. As a private building we need to charge an entrance fee to keep the house open. We feel the charge is reasonable for what we offer and compared to other similar attractions, but we will of course take your comments in to consideration.

Thank you for your feedback and I hope you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Okay, so I went in here and it's actually really cool inside and interesting, but John Knox only stayed in the house for a short time and maybe died there. The real owners of the house who actually lived in it were far more interesting. I get it's to draw attention to call it the John Knox house, but the exhibit isn't necessarily about him, but focuses on the Reformation and the family that actually occupied the house for the longest time. Check it out because their story is really interesting!

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Elaine J, Customer Service Administrator at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

Thanks for your feedback!

John Knox's association with the house has saved it from demolition many times over the centuries, and that is how the house has come to be known as John Knox House. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the story of James Mossman; although not as well-known as Knox, his story is very interesting.

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