John Knox House
John Knox the Reformer is said to have died in this house, which was built by the goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots. Renovation work has revealed the original floor in the Oak Room and a magnificent painted ceiling. Audio tour available, as well as a virtual tour for those with mobility issues. Attached to the house is the Scottish Storytelling Centre, comprising the Storytelling Café, a bookshop, the Netherbow Theatre, and various spaces for arts events.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Access to ground floor only, virtual computer tour for rest of house
- Facilities: Braille, hearing loops, tours for blind
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 10-6. Jul-Aug, Sun 12-6. Closed 25-26 Dec & 1-2 Jan
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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