John Knox House

John Knox House Dating back to 1470, and now incorporated into the Scottish Storytelling Centre, John Knox House is
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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.

28/08/2022
Update: As of tonight (Sun 19 Dec) John Knox House will be closed for the coming week. Wishing you a delightful festive ...
19/12/2021

Update: As of tonight (Sun 19 Dec) John Knox House will be closed for the coming week.

Wishing you a delightful festive season! 🎄

📢John Knox House closed - Monday 6 SeptemberJohn Knox House will be closed on Monday 6th September for staff training. A...
05/09/2021

📢John Knox House closed - Monday 6 September

John Knox House will be closed on Monday 6th September for staff training. Apologies for any incovenience this may cause!

We'll be back open at 10am as usual on Tuesday 7th September ☺️

📢JKH entry update: pre-booking is no longer required for entry to John Knox House, instead a maximum capacity of 30 gues...
01/08/2021

📢JKH entry update: pre-booking is no longer required for entry to John Knox House, instead a maximum capacity of 30 guests per hour has been introduced.

🚶‍♂️This means you'll still have plenty of space to walk through the attraction and keep your distance from others!

😷Face coverings are still required for the duration of your visit to John Knox House (unless exempt)

📢 Please note that we will be closed until further notice. Continue to check here for re-opening updates in the New Year...
18/12/2020

📢 Please note that we will be closed until further notice. Continue to check here for re-opening updates in the New Year! We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

👉 This year, we’re celebrating   day by inviting you to take a virtual walkthrough of this beautiful Edinburgh landmark!...
26/09/2020

👉 This year, we’re celebrating day by inviting you to take a virtual walkthrough of this beautiful Edinburgh landmark!

🧐 Whose house was it anyway? Learn more about the famous inhabitants of John Knox House, and explore the story of Scotland’s Reformation associated with some of the most dramatic events in the nations rich history.

Check out the full brochure of online events from Cockburn Association - Edinburgh Civic Trust here: https://www.cockburnassociation.org.uk/doorsopendays/

https://youtu.be/ZfidRPMWfqQ

This year, we’re celebrating day by inviting you to take a virtual walkthrough of this beautiful Edinburgh landmark! Whose house was it anyway...

⏰ Opening Times update!See below 👇
06/09/2020

⏰ Opening Times update!

See below 👇

📢OPENING TIMES UPDATE

Our new opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. We're closed Monday 7 September and will be closed on Mondays from now on ⏰

22/08/2020

🥁 We're delighted to annouce that John Knox House and the Scottish Storytelling Centre has now reopened for business!

👉 Check our our post below for our visiting guidelines, and how we're keeping you safe during your visit.

🎫 Pre-booking for visiting John Knox House in encouraged, and you can book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2DbXhBm

An update regarding COVID-19. Please visit our website for our full statement: http://bit.ly/2Ulcp3X
27/03/2020

An update regarding COVID-19. Please visit our website for our full statement: http://bit.ly/2Ulcp3X

Wonderful little video from Edinburgh City Pass showcasing the 18 Museums & Attractions you can visit for free. Perfect ...
25/03/2019

Wonderful little video from Edinburgh City Pass showcasing the 18 Museums & Attractions you can visit for free.
Perfect for discovering Scotland's Capital and uncovering John Knox House... which is looking bonnie in the video!

https://vimeo.com/325568246

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Interesting find by Museum of Edinburgh!
08/03/2019

Interesting find by Museum of Edinburgh!

A treasure trove of documents signed by Mary Queen of Scots and revealing the “everyday reality of ruling the country” in the 16th century has been unearthed in a council storage facility on the Royal Mile.

Gearing up for Doors Open Days at the end of September, but first, the small matter of summer festivals! The Edinburgh A...
25/07/2018

Gearing up for Doors Open Days at the end of September, but first, the small matter of summer festivals! The Edinburgh Art Festival starts tomorrow, the The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival all start on the 3rd Aug, then Edinburgh International Book Festival kicks off on the 11th Aug. Plenty to enjoy and do pop in to Step Inside History and escape the hustle and bustle of modern living!
http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/9493/doors-open-day-john-knox-house

Dating back to 1470, 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 in The Netherbow, the house was the home of James Mossman, goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots, and became known as the final r...

Another chance to meet Mariota Ares (historial storyteller Gillian Paterson) and hear her version of events from 15th ce...
03/05/2018

Another chance to meet Mariota Ares (historial storyteller Gillian Paterson) and hear her version of events from 15th century Scoltand's John Knox House this weekend: Sat 5 & Sun 6 May, 1pm & 3pm (45mins)

http://www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest/events/9200/inside-mariota%E2%80%99s-house

We know it as John Knox House, but who did the property really belong to?Join Mariota Arres, the true owner of the house, to hear the story of a wealthy burgess in 16th century Edinburgh. Hear the story of her life with husband James Mossman and his close ties to Mary, Queen of Scots, amidst the tur...

"It’s not John Knox House – it's mine!"Original resident, Mariota Arres, is less than happy about Scotland’s Reformer’s ...
24/04/2018

"It’s not John Knox House – it's mine!"

Original resident, Mariota Arres, is less than happy about Scotland’s Reformer’s claim over her house, which she inherited in 1556 and moved into with her husband and goldsmith, James Mossman.

Costumed historical storyteller Gillian Paterson presents a 45-minute tour taking you back in time for a light-hearted look at one of Edinburgh’s most fascinating houses and the occasional joke about Knox's beard. Discover what life was like for Mariota and how Mary, Queen of Scots and the Scottish Reformation changed their lives for better and for worse

http://www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest/events/9200/inside-mariota%E2%80%99s-house

We know it as John Knox House, but who did the property really belong to?Join Mariota Arres, the true owner of the house, to hear the story of a wealthy burgess in 16th century Edinburgh. Hear the story of her life with husband James Mossman and his close ties to Mary, Queen of Scots, amidst the tur...

One of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James Version by 51 ...
21/03/2018

One of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James Version by 51 years – have you stopped by to see the object in our House? edinburgh.org/101?objid=8137…

1572 Bassendyne printed copy of the 1557 Geneva translation of the Bible

We had a wonderful projection over the House last week from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh stud...
31/01/2018

We had a wonderful projection over the House last week from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh student Munghi Dewi . 'In Time' aimed to stop passers-by with mesmeric projection screens showing calming movement, to act as a visual, calming counterpoint to today’s frantic life pace

13/11/2017

A great video showing the house through time by James Fox The Time Travel Artist

A very interesting article on the history of the House written by Donald Smith, ahead of his series of talks in November...
20/10/2017

A very interesting article on the history of the House written by Donald Smith, ahead of his series of talks in November as part of Previously - Scotland's History Festival!

Donald Smith explores the many contradictions surrounding the life of religious reformer John Knox, not least his connections with the house on Edinburgh's Royal Mile which bears his name.

It's a busy   on this beautiful Saturday in  !
23/09/2017

It's a busy on this beautiful Saturday in !

The nominations have been counted & whittled down to 6 - now it’s time to cast YOUR vote for what crowns the   list…From...
19/09/2017

The nominations have been counted & whittled down to 6 - now it’s time to cast YOUR vote for what crowns the list…From Greyfriars Bobby to 1906 Beer Bottles - have your say!
http://edinburgh.org/101toolkit/select-your-object-101/

What would you like to see in Edinburgh's 101 objects? Have your say. This is Edinburgh - The Official Guide to Edinburgh

Well... Bradley Walsh's face says it all!
26/08/2017

Well... Bradley Walsh's face says it all!

What's your favourite object in Edinburgh? Nominations are now open to help decide Object 101, to take its place in amon...
15/08/2017

What's your favourite object in Edinburgh? Nominations are now open to help decide Object 101, to take its place in amongst the many treasures already on the list, including the Geneva Bible


www.edinburgh.org/101

On top of the many delights the   has to offer this month, be sure to put   in your diary, and come and have a look at t...
13/08/2017

On top of the many delights the has to offer this month, be sure to put in your diary, and come and have a look at the Geneva Bible as well as the many other fascinating offerings!

http://edinburgh.org/101

Edinburgh: A city that is as much a work of art as the pieces it is home to. Visit and learn 101 things you didn't know,...
18/07/2017

Edinburgh: A city that is as much a work of art as the pieces it is home to. Visit and learn 101 things you didn't know, including the Geneva Bible. http://edinburgh.org/101

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43-45 High Street
Edinburgh
EH11SR

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Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

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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. Step Inside History

Over three floors, the exhibition highlights the building's beautiful craftsmanship and the stories of its famous inhabitants, as well as a view of life in medieval Edinburgh. Come close to the most dramatic conflicts in Scotland's history. Stand where they stood and hear the drama in their own words.

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