John Knox House

John Knox House 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

26/09/2020
John Knox House – Virtual Tour 2020

👉 This year, we’re celebrating #DigiDoorsOpen 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 #DigiDoorsOpen 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

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

25/03/2019
edinpassv6

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
Royal mile treasure trove of Mary Queen of Scots documents found

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
DOORS OPEN DAY: JOHN KNOX HOUSE

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
INSIDE MARIOTA’S HOUSE

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
INSIDE MARIOTA’S HOUSE

"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
The Geneva Bible

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 #Edinburgh101 object in our House? edinburgh.org/101?objid=8137… #ThisisEdinburgh

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 @mungkijkd. '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 #Edinburgh #Art

13/11/2017
The Time Travel Artist

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

Edinburgh's John Knox House through Time!

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
John Knox House - yes and no

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 #DoorsOpenDay on this beautiful Saturday in #Edinburgh!
23/09/2017

It's a busy #DoorsOpenDay on this beautiful Saturday in #Edinburgh!

Well... Bradley Walsh's face says it all! #Edinburgh #WhereAreWe #Quiz #TheChase
26/08/2017

Well... Bradley Walsh's face says it all! #Edinburgh #WhereAreWe #Quiz #TheChase

On top of the many delights the #FestivalCity has to offer this month, be sure to put #Edinburgh101 in your diary, and c...
13/08/2017

On top of the many delights the #FestivalCity has to offer this month, be sure to put #Edinburgh101 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#object76

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#object76 #ThisisEdinburgh #edinburgh101

A dreich day like this is perfect for a visit to the house! Step inside history, with the added bonus of exploring one o...
04/07/2017
edinburgh.org

A dreich day like this is perfect for a visit to the house! Step inside history, with the added bonus of exploring one of Edinburgh’s 101 Objects - Number 76, The Geneva Bible. Find out more: http://edinburgh.org/101#object76 #Edinburgh101 #ThisisEdinburgh

19/05/2017
Lyceum Theatre

Have you lot seen this wonderful production which starts tomorrow at the Lyceum Theatre? Excited to give this a watch!

Our season finale GLORY ON EARTH opens this week, here's a flavour of the central face-off between young Mary, Queen of Scots and protestant reformer John Knox filmed in the beautiful St Giles' Cathedral. Videography by Aly Wight

Did you know that the House is one of Edinburgh's oldest buildings? Have a read of this article, which also includes the...
28/03/2017
9 of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings

Did you know that the House is one of Edinburgh's oldest buildings? Have a read of this article, which also includes the nearby Moubray House, Huntly House, St Margaret's Chapel and more!

EDINBURGH is renowned for its old buildings and boasts a higher concentration of ancient structures than most European cities.

30/01/2017

"Another unusual and fine building" ★★★★★
“Staff are excellent and helpful - best we have found in Edinburgh” ★★★★
"Historical Escape from the busyness of Royal Mile" ★★★★★
“insight into the type of early townhouse that has disappeared from most cities.” ★★★★★

Just some of the latest reviews from TripAdvisor coming through - have you visited yet?
#Scotland #YHHA17 #History #Edinburgh #Canongate #JohnKnoxHouse

Scottish Storytelling Centre
10/01/2017
Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre

We are recruiting two new members of staff for our front-of-house team! Application deadline 23rd of January, find out more here:

Right outside our door...
07/12/2016

Right outside our door...

The water of life

A major public health improvement came to Edinburgh in the late 17th century through the construction, after many years of waiting, of a functioning water supply. The precious commodity was piped the three miles from Comiston Springs to the Castle Hill reservoir, then on to four cisterns, or wellheads, which were spaced down the Royal Mile. Before this water had to be drawn from wells in the Cowgate area or from the muddy depths of the Nor Loch which had a habit of going stagnant in the heat of summer. Waterborne diseases were rife.

Until 1820 these square stone wellheads were the only means by which the thousands of Old Town inhabitants could access water. ‘Caddies’ offered a water delivery service carried in a purpose-built barrel strapped to their back. The council would ration the water when it was in short supply during the summer months. This meant that residents could only use the wells between midnight and 3AM. The wellheads were a place where locals would gather and gossip in the queues and fighting was commonplace.

The Netherbow wellhead is the oldest of the four cisterns, was designed by Sir Willian Bruce and built by Robert Mylne, King’s Master Mason, in around 1675. It has since been rebuilt. Castle Hill reservoir was decommissioned in 1992 and is now converted into a working tartan mill.

History was brutal...
06/12/2016

History was brutal...

Looking forward to the #HHA2017 launch tomorrow from VisitScotland. Here’s Hamish Hawk and Sylvia Law with a Scold’s Bridle which is housed in John Knox House! #FaceThePast

We featured on Cubert and Triantán's Postcard to Starcatchers who like shapes and were intrigued by the architecture of ...
02/12/2016

We featured on Cubert and Triantán's Postcard to Starcatchers who like shapes and were intrigued by the architecture of the House! :)

Another postcard arrived this morning from Cubert and Triantán!

They were drawn to this crooked little house on the Royal Mile, with squares and triangles a plenty within it's medieval facade.

📢 Interesting fact: John Knox House dates back to 1470 making it the only medieval building still standing on the high street today, and now forms a part of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Cubert and Triantán will continue their #Edinburgh sight and shape seeing adventure tomorrow... #shapesontour #shapesofedinburghchristmas #shapeofthings #countdowntodundee Dundee Rep Theatre, Branar

Scottish Storytelling Centre
16/11/2016

Scottish Storytelling Centre

The stage is set! Join King James (Robin Thomson) in John Knox House tonight at 7.30pm, for the first of three performances of Donald Smith's virtuoso drama 'Cradle King'. An intimate audience with Shakespeare’s patron, King James. Brainy, dream-haunted, theatre crazy, peace loving…he’s the real-life inspiration for Hamlet & Macbeth, but whose ghost might get him first?
http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/news/cradle-king-king-james-meets-shakespeare-in-historic-john-knox

Address

43-45 High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1SR

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Telephone

01315569579

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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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I have an old postcard from about 1905 that shows a fireplace in the study of John Knox. When I posted it on fb a discussion ensued. What fuel was used?
Arrived at my sister's right opposite John Knox house