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John Knox House, Edinburgh

(3.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Located in The Netherbow, the halfway point in 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.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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 catchmen...  more »
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  • Interesting story behind the people who lived in this place!
  • The John Knox House within the Scottish Storytelling Centre was great. We went during the Edinburgh Open Doors weekend event in September and were thus able to get in free of charge (look out for it each year!), but it is normally only £4.25 for adults and is really fascinating. The old house is quaint and provides so many things to see and information boards to read that it keeps you busy for a while soaking in all of the history. It was really interesting to learn more about John Knox, James Mossman, and Mary Queen of Scots. This is a fantastic place that is tucked away on the Royal Mile and is really worth it to venture inside. The cafe looks nice, and the bookshop has a great selection of books on Edinburgh's past and present.
  • I visited yesterday with my history-mad Australian friend (I have been there before, probably 40 or 50 years ago!) and found it very interesting. It's well presented and seriously old. The adjoining café provided us with very nice tea and cake afterwards.
  • Good historic
  • When I went there I felt that I was coming into the past.....