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Scottish Storytelling Centre

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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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The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an award-winning public building...

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an award-winning public building designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, halfway along Edinburgh's Royal Mile.The Centre includes the historic John Knox House, 99-seat Netherbow Theatre and the George Mackay Brown Library, and is the headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network. Our light and airy Storytelling Court is open to the public, and includes a free child-friendly exhibition, Scotland's Stories, as well as a programme of temporary displays. Our book and gift shop, housed in John Knox House's traditional 'luckenbooths', stocks a range of storytelling books, CDs and resources. The Storytelling Cafe serves delicious homemade lunches, coffees and snacks, as well as wines and beers and a special children's menu. The Centre is a friendly and welcoming space for meeting friends, finding out about Scotland's rich story heritage and experiencing the magic of live stories. We look forward to your visit!

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Interesting programme of events and a nice little cafe.

My partner encouraged our booking for two sessions here during our week in Edinburgh. Having experienced a Gaelic language play last year this time we went to a storytelling event... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
roverdrover
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner encouraged our booking for two sessions here during our week in Edinburgh. Having experienced a Gaelic language play last year this time we went to a storytelling event and even a two hour Basque dance workshop, which somewhat taxed our capabilities! The atmosphere is very relaxed and the café offers simple and reasonably priced options to restore energy... More 

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Thank roverdrover
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communciations Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Thank you roverdrover for your comments on experiencing the Centre and its Cafe - we are so glad to hear you enjoy our programming and picked up on the friendly, welocming atmosphere we strive to create for all who come through our doors. Haste ye Back! More 

Bishkek
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97 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Storytelling Centre hosts storytelling events, but also has a cafe where the proceeds go to support a local charity. The food is reasonably priced and excellent! There is also a bookstore. Well worth stopping by.

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Thank BishkekFishlips
LindsayCorr, Marketing Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing praise for the Centre and the Cafe (which is run by charity COMAS) - we agree it's a gem of a Cafe in a prime position - haste ye back! :) More 

Dublin, Ireland
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1,103 reviews
824 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 536 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

It is more as to the look and design of the building that I am reviewing here, as opposed to the functions the place performs. Walking down High street, the design of the place is like nothing we have here in my home, so every step I made down the roads of the city was a wondrous site, and this... More 

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Thank Theycallitmadness
LindsayCorr, Marketing Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your views on the Scottish Storytelling Centre building facade - it's a unique building marking hte halfway point between Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle and we too think it's a beautiful site! Haste ye back to come inside and enjoy the wonderful programme of events, Cafe and Bookshop! :) More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This was the best Burns supper I've ever been to. No boring, dull, drunken speeches; just beautiful narrative, songs and poems celebrating the life of the Bard. With traditional tasty food and well priced whiskies included. Next year is a dead cert! Thank you all.

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Thank Alison2143
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Hello Alison, High praise indeed! Thank you so much - this is exactly our mission and I have passed on your lovely comments to Storytelling Centre tead and Cafe staff. Haste ye Back! More 

Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Visited as part of Scot:lands activity on New Year's Day. Lovely ceilidgh band playing. Great little stones with words painted on in glass jars on each table in the cafe to create your own story and tweet it. Super little book shop. Disappointed that we missed the play in a day event and the live poetry reading. Access to John... More 

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Thank carotyr
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we are very pleased and love that we are thriving :) Scot:Lands was a fantastic day and I hope we see you back at the Centre, a shame indeed you missed the play in a day, but there's plenty more events of this ilk to come for 2017 so if you're heading up again,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

I visited at the festival, and had a good time seeing some of the poetry shows, there is a cafe if you just want to sit there, and a bookshop

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Thank zob138
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

So glad to have you visit us during the Fringe and enjoyed the programme - hopefullly we'll see you back at the Centre soon :) Thank you. More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Wonderful experience from beginning to end: searching out What's On and quality communication from guys at the Centre via email; through to booking tickets, quality of venue, food & drinks, plus variety of shows. Setting is in a beautiful historic building like the Tardis with a modern extension of glass in the Art/Cafe area. We saw the Moira Monologues with... More 

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your glowing write up. We love being compared to the TARDIS! It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed us so much during your visit to Edinburgh - haste ye back! More 

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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We turned up late for the event (Moira Monologues - Alan Bissett) due to the business of the Fringe, however the manager was kind enough to let us in. This is a lovely, spacious, comfortable venue with a good bookshop and cafe. I would definitely go again.

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Thank LauraBroomBroon
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed visiting the Centre - we understand what the Fringe can be like! Chaos but all part of the experience and great to hear you got to see the great Alan Bissett and enjoyed our spaces - haste ye back! More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We got tickets for a one hour session of Scottish tales told by one of the storytellers. He ended up going on for two hours and we were completely entertained the entire time. We even learned some about the legends of fairies and the "wee people". So glad I came across this "off the beaten path" gem. This is great... More 

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Thank Ed T
LindsayCorr, Marketing & Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed Traditional Tales and were entertained by Colin's stories! Hope to see you back here for another show next time you're in Edinburgh. More 

Frankford, West Virginia, United States
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88 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We had the pleasure of hearing Beverly and Joshua Bryant in what is listed as traditional tales. Beverly is a nationally renowned storyteller, and her son, Joshua, age 18, is an apprentice who also did quite well. An intriguing hour of fanciful short stories.

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Thank Jim A
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely write up Jim! So glad you enjoyed Beverley and Joshua, who we agree, are top notch taleweavers! :) More 

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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