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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 - 18:00
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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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The John Knox House shares the history of the Presbyterian church in Scotland in a period home. The low ceilings, furnishings and spaces give a good feeling of what it was like to... read more

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South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The John Knox House shares the history of the Presbyterian church in Scotland in a period home. The low ceilings, furnishings and spaces give a good feeling of what it was like to live in Edinburgh in the 16th century. The visit is short - we were here for less than 30 minutes.

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

Thank you for sharing your experience of visitng John Knox House, we appreciate you taking the time to comment :) More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly, if you have mobility issues then, as harsh as it may sound, I really wouldn't bother. Yes they have a 'cinema' room a with screen but that is it - all of the rooms you would wish to see are upstairs. On the plus side it was fairly interesting reading about his history but I'm not sure it is... More 

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

Thank you for your write up after experiencing John Knox House - we appreciate all feedback to improve the experience for all. As a listed building, it is compeltely out of our hands to be able to serve those with mobility issues to access the upper floors, however we are hoping to improve the interactive tour to be a lot... More 

Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting Lots of knowledge and interesting facts Not too many steps so goof for everyone Only 4 stars as I kept banging my head!! I know my fault....

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

Thanks you for leaving a review for John Knox House - it's appreciated! Sorry to hear about your head! I am tall too so appreciate this, and proves people were a lot shorter throughout history! :) More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This fascinating house is tucked into a corner of the Royal Mile and whilst the provenance of its long term links with John Knox are slender there is a collection of artefacts, books and memorabilia which bring him and his period to life and put a new light on some of my preconceptions. Just the house as a building is... More 

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

Thank you for your write up of visiting John Knox House - we are glad you enjoyed stepping back in time! :) More 

Napa, California, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction was a pleasant surprise, considering it is a commercial tourist focused spot that initially reeks of a small entrance fee, somewhat cheesy souvenir desk/shop. However, once you get beyond this, the remainder of the house is really quite interesting, historical, and admittedly fun. It's small and compact, not taking more than a half hour or so to get... More 

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

Thank you for your write up of your visit to John Knox House! We are glad you enjoyed the interactive approach and ease for visitors inside the museum, and we've taken into account your thought on the Front of House layout for future developments. More 

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Reviewed 11 March 2017

To get to see an old, ordinary home as opposed to a mansion. Interesting to read about john knox plus successive owners of the building. He had some great views of the royal mile! As is the style of the time, plenty of stairs to negotiate but i had no trouble doing it slowly (hv mobility probs). There is also... More 

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

Thank you for your write up of John Knox House Judith - we're glad you enjoyed your visit to one of hte oldest houses on Edinburgh's High Street! :) More 

St Neots, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

To think that two of the main protagonists in the struggle for Scottish power lived in the same house (at different times). John Mossiman a leading supporter of the catholic Mary Stewart and John Knox the pre-emirate support of Protestantism in Scotland. Very well explained and well presented. Very much a good use of an hour or so for anybody... More 

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LindsayCorr, Public Relations Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiastic write up of John Knox House - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and were intrigued by the history of the house. Haste ye Back! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

This small house at the base of the Royal Mile is worth a visit. Even though I was raised a Presbyterian, I learned a great deal about John Knox, the history of the church and the history of Scotland. Having visited St. Giles Cathedral it provided great perspective. Be prepared for occasional steep, narrow stairs and low ceilings. Best of... More 

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

Thank you for your review William - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. Some great pics of our signage too! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

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 

Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 January 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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