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John Knox House Museum

43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
+44 131 556 9579
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Passed a few minutes and some interesting elements inside, however the first few external points didn't grab our attention, maybe because neither of us is an architect. Worth a visit if you are passing by and have 30 Minutes to kill.

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The house was a treasure but it was the staff that put this over the top. They were extremely knowledgeable and were willing to answer all my question. A great stop on High Street.

Thank JKCrowley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter insisted we pay a visit here on a Christmas trip to Edinburgh. I was perplexed but willing. We bought tickets and were handed printed sheets with somewhat confusing instructions to go outside and around the building and then to come back inside again....More

Thank emat822
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your positive review of John Knox House emat822, especially after the confusion between John and Robert Knox (we also once had someone insisting Dumbledore was based on John Knox!) We think there's plenty to discover in there which you clearly uncovered! :)...More

Reviewed 30 November 2017

It is the oldest house left on the Royal Mile and has the wooden balcony jutting out over the street. Some will be interested in the building and inside it is pretty well preserved and interpreted. It was also once the home of John Knox,...More

Thank Jeff1903
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of John Knox House - we are glad to hear you enjoyed the variety inside that shows the history of Edinburgh's Royal Mile and other house inhabitants beyond the Scottish Reformer John Knox. Haste ye back!

Reviewed 21 October 2017

We were not expecting to find this gem on the main street. Especially as it is so well preserved. Everything around is much more modern and it is a credit to the folks of Edinburgh that it has been kept is such good condition.

Thank Romantic_11
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thank you for your lovely words about John Knox House - we are glad to hear you were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed discovering the medieval side of the Royal Mile. Haste Ye Back!

Reviewed 16 October 2017

My daughter and I went to this oldest house and were very impressed by the history and the ambiance of the place. Walking through this gem and seeing the old books and being able to take photos of the place was an added delight. The...More

Thank michroot
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Many thanks for your review of John Knox House - we are delighted to hear you were impressed with the place and there was enough information to explain the rich history of this medieval house. Haste Ye Back :)

Reviewed 30 September 2017

Originating in 1490, this is the oldest tenement in Edinburgh. Its interior has been preserved, restored and carefully furnished to replicate the everyday living of its residents. It is well annotated and guided. John Knox, the fiery preacher and reformer, once lived here, and records...More

Thank Noreen B
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you for your lovely write-up of John Knox House Noreen - we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to our little historic corner! Haste ye back.

Reviewed 13 September 2017

Nice little museum, interesting history about Edinburgh. There is quite a lot of reading and the stairs are quite old so you have to be careful going up and coming down.More

Thank Jacqueline B
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for your review Jacqueline - the stairs are old and adte back to 16th century - because it's a listed building we are limited to what we can do, but do include an interactive screen on the bottom floor should the stairs cause...More

Reviewed 5 September 2017

This place was not worth the time to go through. We found out after paying five pounds that "concession" means discount and did ask for a refund which we were given after tour but were not offered it. Also saw numbers on some displays and...More

Thank lmiles436
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

I am sorry to hear your experience at John Knox House was not enjoyable, considering how many others have a great time and compliment our staff on their friendliness and willingness to help. We welcome any and all questions in relation to the prices ahead...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017

We liked this amazing house. It's been nicely preserved and is very old. John Knox actually spent a lot less time in this house than other residents. I think a family of tailors lived there for a long period. However, this house is smack bang...More

Thank pippiper
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for your lovely review - we like the sound of central gem! :) The house belonged to James Mosman and his wife - he was a jeweller and goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots & lived here from the 1550s until his execution...More

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maraudermel
20 August 2017|
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Response from johnnnita | Reviewed this property |
I would agree that it's a relatively short visit. About 30 minutes seems like a reasonable time. In my review, I noted that the welcome area was a little touristy, but once in the house the various rooms are quite... More
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