Knox Church, Dunedin

4.2
#5 of 7 in Historic Sites in Dunedin
Knox Church is a notable building in Dunedin, New Zealand. It houses the city's second Presbyterian congregation and is the city's largest church of any denomination. Situated close to the university at the northern end of the CBD on George Street it is visible from much of the central city.It was designed by Robert Lawson in the 13th century Gothic style and construction began in 1872. It is the second building for the congregation. The first, completed in 1860, was the second Presbyterian church in the settlement. It was a large wooden structure sited in Great King Street, close to the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry building. Though this was only ever intended to be a short-term home for the Knox congregation the onset of the Central Otago Gold Rush intensified the need for a larger, permanent structure.Church officials held a competition which was won by Lawson. His plans, however, would have exceeded the church's £5,000 budget and the deacons fell back on a design by David Ross. Because he insisted on employing an inspector of works who "could be bought at any time with a pot of beer", Ross's contract was annulled within two months. The church authorities approached Lawson again and he took over the project. (Ross successfully sued but was awarded a mere £2 in damages.).The building eventually cost £17,757 and was opened on November 5, 1876. Constructed of bluestone from quarries close to the Water of Leith, and with Oamaru stone dressings and spire, its plan forms a Latin cross, with a nave 30 metres in length and 22 metres in average width. The spire rises to a height of 51 metres. Unusually for a New Zealand church, it contains two pipe organs, a large Hill, Norman, & Beard one installed in 1931 and extensively refurbished in 1974, and a smaller oak-case instrument originally installed in a church in Christchurch.
Work out when and for how long to visit Knox Church and other Dunedin attractions using our handy Dunedin holiday planning site .
Source
Create an itinerary including Knox Church
map
Knox Church Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
39 reviews
Google
4.0
TripAdvisor
  • Our daughter got married here last weekend - amazing venue... The folks there couldn't do enough for us. Great rehearsal the evening before and the bells are really loud...!  more »
  • We stumbled upon Knox Church by chance, having walked slightly further than we planned to and we were stoked! Amazing gothic architecture and absolutely stunning stained glass windows - highly recomme...  more »
  • Lovely church that appears somewhat ordinary on the outside but is very beautiful inside. We are not overly religious, but we appreciate churches for their architecture and always try to peek in any t...  more »
Google
  • What a wonderful church with amazing acoustics. It has both upstairs and downstairs seating. Downstairs has wooden pews with foam squabs for a little bit of comfort. There are pull down wooden steps in front of the seats for kneeling on in prayer - should you wish to kneel. I found the temperature quite cold so if you are there on a cool day you will need to wrap up warm. There is a pipe organ and grand piano
  • 2nd GGrandparents married their 1872
  • Nice church!
  • Stunning building.
  • Lovely church
Places to stay near Knox Church

Plan your trip to Dunedin

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Knox Church by other users

16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Melbourne, New Zealand & Sydney BY A USER FROM HONG KONG September, kids, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 57 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 43 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, relaxing, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 42 days in Otago Region BY A USER FROM INDIA June, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: June, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans