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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. Enter this ornate 15th...more
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43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is not well marked on the Royal Mile and we almost missed it, even using a map app on our phone. £5 each for adult admission, includes a written guide (transcript of the previously provided audio guide) which provides a good perspective on...More

Thank notme2015
Reviewed 2 June 2018

A small but significant historic house on the Royal Mile. It housed both the fiery preacher, John Knox, but also the goldsmith for Mary Queen of Scots, John Mossman (not at the same time). The irony is that these two were in opposite camps--Mossman, allied...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

One of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile, and one of the most interesting. Knox was a character of great interest in the struggle between protestant and catholic, support for James VI and his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots. The fact that he shared...More

Thank KevinSadler2364
Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Hi KevinSadler2364, Thank you for your lovely comments and for sharing your experience of visiting John Knox House, we appreciate you taking the time to comment :)

Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

It’s worth spending 30 minutes in the museum to learn more about Knox’s role is shaping the modern church. Good information and informative about both his life and Scotland at the time of his work.

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Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Hi Jason B, Thank you for your lovely comments on John Knox House - we are glad you found out more about Scotland's Reformer. Haste Ye Back!

Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

It was interesting to go through John Knox's house. As a reformed Christian, he had a pivotal role in history and this tour taught me more about that role. Also, as the oldest house on the Royal Mile, it was interesting to walk through and...More

Thank Ehdeedee
Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Hi Ehdeedee, Thanks so much for your review, and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We're glad you got to understand a bit more of the history of the reformation and enjoyed the surroundings!

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

This is the shortest visit to an attraction that we had in Edinburgh it only takes about half an hour but enjoyed it and nice to explore the history of the reformation. Very nice staff at the reception on arrival

Thank lindadub2017
Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi lindadub2017, Many thanks for your lovely review - we're so glad you enjoyed your visit and found the subject of the reformation an interesting one. I'll make sure to pass on your comments to the reception team! Haste ye Back :)

Reviewed 2 April 2018

John Knox house lies in the middle of the “Royal Mile”. This house is preserved from the sixteen century. The house itself give you an insight in how the commerce was conducted in in those days since this street that was then the commercial centre...More

Thank Hans-Olof H
Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi Hans-Olof H, Thank you for your write up of John Knox House - we are glad to hear you enjoyed the various aspects of the museum inside that shows the history of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, and other house inhabitants beyond the Scottish Reformer John...More

Reviewed 21 March 2018

Extremely interesting building. The information sheets and contents within are very informative and well written, enabling the visitor to learn much about the history both of the residents of the house and of a turbulent period in Scotland's history. Two hours flew by and I...More

Thank Aileen W
Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Hi Aileen W, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review after your recent visit to John Knox House. We are delighted to read you were very impressed with the place, and enjoyed our explanations of the rich history of this medieval house....More

Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

John Knox House, built in 1556, is said to be the oldest house in Edinburgh. Don’t miss the water cistern in front of the building. That was the only water supply in the Old Town until 1822.

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you for your write-up - we adore the Netherbow Well for the history it holds, imagining all the community gathering to collect their water and have a blether. Haste Ye Back!

Reviewed 16 March 2018

Wonderful old building on the Royal Mile. The interior is sparsely decorated but the information sheets and audio tour help build up a picture of what it was like during the C16th. We purchased our discounted ticket through Groupon.

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at John Knox House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for John Knox House, we are glad you found us and enjoyed the old architecture. Haste Ye Back!

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I would agree that it's a relatively short visit. About 30 minutes seems like a reasonable time. In my review, I noted that the welcome area was a little touristy, but once in the house the various rooms are quite... More
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