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A city-centre location, a unique venue, on-site catering and great customer service

The Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House have lots of unique spaces where you can host your own event. We've had parties, conferences, workshops, arts events, wine tastings and even small weddings taking place in our venue.

'crisp, acoustic sounds in a quite remarkable setting' (Sandy McGhie, Channel 7A)

Wifi is available throughout the Centre and there is a lift providing full access to all floors of the building, with the exception of the upper floors of John Knox House.

Image of the Netherbow Theatre. Credit Simon Jones

The Netherbow Theatre
Our 99-seat auditorium is perfect for small-scale theatre and music productions, literary events, presentations, seminars and conferences. The acoustics in the theatre are fantastic and even the smallest whisper is heard right at the back. It has fixed raked seating, high specification lighting, projection and amplification, and is fitted with an infrared hearing loop system. What makes this space extra special is the large window hiding behind the blackout blind that opens out into the garden.


Image of the Storytelling Court. Credit Solen Collet

The Storytelling Court
The Storytelling Court is a fantastic place to host drinks receptions, ceilidhs and exhibitions. It is a beautiful light and bright space that overlooks the historic closes and gardens of the Netherbow. It can accommodate 150 people standing, 60 seated theatre style or 50 cabaret style. The Storytelling Court can be used in conjunction with the Story Café in the evenings. In the Storytelling Court we have an interactive Storywall which encases traditional and well-loved tales for adults and children which your guests can enjoy. The Storywall pulls out to create an intimate, partially enclosed Bothy space within the Storytelling Court which is ideal for informal sessions.


Image of the LibraryThe George Mackay Brown Library
Located on the first floor, the Library is a great space for seminars, workshops and meetings for up to 35 people. It also has a breakout space which is ideal for refreshments and there is a wealth of storytelling books and resources available to borrow.




Image of The Howff. Credit Catriona FranceThe Trad Arts Hive
The Hive is located on the top floor with windows on either side of the room letting in lots of natural light. Similar to the Library located directly underneath, it can be used for meetings, seminars and workshops for up to 35 people.




Image of John Knox House. Credit Davide PanzeriJohn Knox House
This medieval A-listed building dates back to 1470 and is home to one of the most turbulent times in Scottish history, the Scottish Reformation and the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots. John Knox House offers a very unique and historic setting for small-scale events, such a wine-tastings or intimate wedding blessings. A guided tour of the house can also be arranged as part of your event.




Book a Space

For more information or to book one of our spaces please contact a member of the venue team.

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The Story Café can provide catering, offering a wide selection of food, drinks and home-baked sweet treats.

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