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John Knox House: Step Inside History

'Beautiful historic medieval beauty' (TripAdvisor)

Walk in the footsteps of its famous inhabitants and hear the drama unfold in every room. Look out for the tricks and traps to fool intruders; hunt for the devil hiding in The Oak Room ceiling and try your hand at our portrait puzzles that have stumped many visitors in the past.

John Knox House dates back to 1470, which makes it and Moubray House which is attached, the only original medieval building surviving on the Royal Mile. The house is associated with one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in Scottish History - The Scottish Reformation - which resulted in the outbreak of civil war and the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Although John Knox only stayed in this house for a short time before his death in 1572, it was his association with the house that saved it from demolition in the 1840s. During an excavation of the house, time-capsules were found buried in the gable wall of the house to commemorate the moment the building was saved. One of these time capsules is displayed in the window of our bookshop.

James Mosman - jeweller and goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots - lived in the house in the 1550s until his execution in 1573. He was extremely loyal to Queen Mary and was part of the ‘Queen’s Men’ who seized Edinburgh Castle in an attempt to restore Mary to the throne after her forced abdication in favour of her protestant son James VI. Explore the house to find out the fate of James Mosman.

'A fascinating tribute to one of histories most influential and important figures.' (Yelp)

If you want to take it a step further, experience one of the Centre's bespoke tours of John Knox House and the surrounding Netherbow area, which is packed to the brim with interesting historical facts and tales. 

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John Knox Books


John Knox House General Admission

Adult - £5.00
Concession - £4.00
Children over 7 - £1.00
Children under 7 - Free

Opening times:
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sundays: 10am – 6pm (July and August only)

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