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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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43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 6 days ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a refuge from a crowded walk on the Royal Mile, stop at the John Knox House. There is a fee for entry, 5 pounds. A self guided tour takes you through the rooms of this historic home and gives details about the...More

Thank Hollis P
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manaher at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of John Knox House - we are glad you enjoyed the museum and the respite from the busy streets!

Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Who knew?! Spectacular original mansion but hampered by the John Knox connection. It wasn't his house. Some displays look amateur and ancient but others provide key information. Spectacular ceiling upstairs. You can just about get a feel of the 16th C. Makes me want to...More

Thank Sheumais_dha
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Jim, Thank you for your write-up and I'm glad you love the physical building - we do too! If it weren't for the John Knox connection (he preached from the front steps several times when he was too ill to make it up to...More

Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Since I like church history, this house museum was very interesting and informative to me. John Knox was an important figure in the Scottish Reformation movement, as Martin Luther and John Calvin were. The house is located in the very busy Royal Mile. There is...More

1  Thank Margaret C
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your views on John Knox House Margaret - we are always glad to hear that people found the museum interesting and informative (and great pics too!)

Reviewed 7 July 2017

This is a great little museum to visit if you have a spare hour in Edinburgh. We really enjoyed it and found the staff very helpful and welcoming. I would say allow no more than an hour- that was our mistake- as it is only...More

Thank Anna V
LindsayCorr, Marketing Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Thank you for your lovely write up Anna! We are glad you enjoyed John Knox House. Haste ye back!

Reviewed 18 June 2017

John Knox, was one of the most notable and influential Edinburgh resident. He was the Pastor of the High Kirk (Church) of Scotland and because of his Reformation-minded beliefs is widely considered to be a Father of Presbyterianism. The divide between the Catholics and Presbyterians...More

Thank mlorahga
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Historic town house where the leading light of the Scottish Reformation lived. The history of John Knox and what he achieved and his adversarial meetings with the queen could have been made much more of. There was not much direction to where more information could...More

Thank Iain S
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us your views on John Knox House Iain. We strive to make the experience easy and informative for visitors, so have taken your above comments on board. Haste ye Back!

Reviewed 10 June 2017

I'm not a huge John Knox fan but I do love history so we decided to tour the John Knox House Museum. Although Knox did not live here, it is a medieval house from the 1400's and it provides a lot of information about John...More

Thank Sue H
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communciations Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you for visiting John Knox House Sue. We are glad you found a quiet moment to take in the medieval displays and the history of Knox and the Reformation. Haste ye Back!

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maraudermel
21 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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