Family completing an activitiy in John Knox House

2 for 1 Entry to John Knox House

As part of our St Andrew’s Day celebrations, we’re offering you 2 for 1 entry into John Knox House from 18 November – 30 November 2013. All you need to do is print off the voucher below and present it to the front desk when you arrive. No pre-booking necessary.

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About John Knox House

John Knox House is one of the last remaining medieval buildings in Edinburgh and 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 in the 1990s, time-capsules were found buried in the gable wall to commemorate the moment the building was saved. One of these time capsules containing original works by John Knox is displayed in the window of our bookshop.

James Mossman – 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.

As you explore the house look out for the beautiful stain glass windows, the characters hiding in the painted ceiling in the Oak Room, the Hallowe’en carving from 1561, the ornate Dutch tiles decorating the fire places and watch out you don’t get caught out by the tricks to fool intruders!

“Beautiful, historic, medieval beauty…a real treasure”
Trip Advisor Review

Admission Prices

Opening Hours 

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

Monday- Saturday 10am-6pm

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