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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 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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 9 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!

Reviewed 29 May 2017

I popped into find out a bit about John Knox and this museum vertainly did the trick. It's not too big, and there's a nice amount of information about Knox, his life and what he did during it.

Thank tanky
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thank you for your lovely comments on John Knox House, tanky - we are glad you founfd more about Scotland's Reformer. Haste Ye Back!

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Small place which you could easily give a miss. Not brilliantly laid out. What the house was really about (two very different historical figures) didn't make sense to me until I had gone right through from bottom to top. On return to the ground floor,...More

Thank 674Jen
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for your comments on your experience at visiting John Knox House. We are sorry to hear you found the layout confusing, and will use your comments to further improve the experience for visitors to the space.

Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this little museum. I've been all over Edinburgh and done almost everything and this place was ended in my top 3 best. I learned a lot and it has a big connection to Mary Queen of...More

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

Top 3 - woo! Thank you so much for your lovely review and high praise for our venue, given that Edinburgh is a fantastic City with discovery on every corner and intrigue in evey close. We appreciate you taking the time to write about John...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

Nice small museum which retains its period features. The history of the house is given to you in a small leaflet which you read while you walk around. The stairs in the house can be a little bit difficult if you have mobility issues or...More

Thank aimelou2017
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to let us know you enjoyed John Knox House, even the spiral staircase (they did things differently in the 15thcentury eh?!) - glad to hear they weren't making you too nervous, and for anyone with mobility issues we have...More

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maraudermel
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We were there for about 30 minutes. It is a small museum. There are many things to read and some may want to stay longer.
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