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John Knox House, Edinburgh

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3.7/5 based on 130+ 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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  • I stumbled on the ticket when I went in the John Knox House book store. I received a free ticket for a specific time. This is so the museum is not over crowded. The time slot is just to enter the muse...  read more »
  • my wife and I popped in onour recent visit to Edinburgh and found this a little hiden gem and welll worth a visit 
  • The House is visit in a while, parts original very well preserved, as the wood that is of walls and ceilings, you do an idea of as would be the life there, as well as of part of the history of the father of the Presbyterianism.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When I went there I felt that I was coming into the past.....
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  • very interesting
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