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Scottish Storytelling Centre: A Must See Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

We did a recent collaboration with myhotelbreak.com on why their guests should visit us here at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Find out what they discovered below:


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For our guests looking for hotels in Edinburgh we highly recommend adding the Scottish Storytelling Centre to your itinerary.

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The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an attraction that’s different, a venue that will live long in the memory for visitors.

Situated along the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, this arts venue plays an important role in keeping the cultural heritage of the country alive and well through dance, storytelling and music.

You’ll want to come back for more with the array of amenities on offer through its extensive workshops and exhibitions.

This attraction is not only a must visit when in Edinburgh, but vital for the community too, as it not only provides a space for recount great stories of the past, present and future but preserves them for people in the future.

What to see and do

From storytelling sessions to theatre and much more, visitors are spoiled for choice with what’s on offer at the Centre.

Explore their programme of events here celebrating Robert Burns to get involved this January.

John Knox House

Welcome to the oldest medieval building that sits on the Royal Mile today. Jump back and immerse yourself in the history of the building and much more.

– Hear the stories and the dramas that unfolded inside
– Learn about its famous inhabitants by walking in their footsteps
– Learn how intruders were caught and fooled with the traps and tricks around the house
– Hunt down the devil hiding in the ceiling
– Experience the portrait puzzles and pit your wits against them

Dating back to 1470, this building is known to have been linked to the Scottish Reformation which started the Scottish civil war and more famously, the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.

John Knox only stayed in the house for a short period up until his death in the mid to late-1500s. It wasn’t until the 1840s when the building was due to be flattened that his association with the house saved it from destruction.

Written Guides are available at the museum. These are offered in the reception area of the building. We recommend you use the guide as you go along as it discusses important and interesting parts of the house that you may otherwise miss. Tours are also available.

The Bookshop

You can’t come to the Centre without visiting the Bookshop. Hidden in the luckenbooths of John Knox House, you’ll get lost for hours here with loads of famous resources telling the stories of Scotland’s past as well as some of the best resources for storytelling in the whole country.

The Bookshop has a wide selection of genres for adults, kids, classic collections, staff favourites and unique stories.

Visitors can also learn about John Knox, Mary Queen of Scots and more with the stores specialist history book collection.

Scottish Storytelling Centre Events

The Centre has a fantastic variety of events on offer throughout the year, at great prices. We suggest visiting the Centre to catch an event as well as visiting the other amenities.

The Storytelling Café

Situated in the centre of the attraction, kick back and relax after a morning or afternoon exploring at The Storytelling Café. Serving a variety of delicious food and drink throughout the day and into the evening, it’s the place to come to unwind and reflect on your visit.

Great for relaxing with friends or, if you’re more interested in the hustle and bustle, looking out onto the Royal Mile, The Storytelling Café adds to your experience.

On your next trip to Edinburgh, the Scottish Storytelling Centre must be on your list. A family friendly and unique visitor attraction situated in the heart of the ever popular Royal Mile, you’ll be rushing back again and again.

Experience the Scottish Storytelling Centre and create memories that last.


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