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About the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Who can resist the lure of a good yarn? Humans are hardwired to love stories and Scotland’s greatest stories have their own home, a Centre dedicated to preserving and recounting them so that future generations can enjoy these tales just as much as their forebears.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre turned 10 in 2016 and is a fantastic central venue on the Royal Mile, where it forms a bustling arts venue that celebrates the nation’s cultural heritage.
Live storytelling, theatre, dance and music will thrill visitors young and old, while an ever-changing roster of workshops and exhibitions beg repeat visits throughout the year.

The Centre is also the hub for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival – one of the 11 Edinburgh Festivals internationally recognised as a leader in its field.

The Centre extends a warm welcome to all who venture inside the vibrant arts space.

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Discover the Centre

We’re a great meeting place where you can experience Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.

In the Storytelling Court you will find an interactive Storywall which is always enjoyed by children (and adults too!)

Find Greyfriars Bobby; catch the frog; meet Nessie, the Gruffalo and Wee Willie Winkie; and discover traditional Scottish tales. You can also listen to excerpts from Edinburgh’s most famous storyteller, Robert Louis Stevenson, and we always have a free exhibition on display from artists across Scotland and beyond.

Swap your own stories in the Story Cafe over some delicious home baking and great coffee.

Browse our bookshop in the medieval luckenbooths of John Knox House and see if you can spot our dragon’s nest and time capsule hiding among the books.

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Step Inside History

John Knox House

Attached to the Centre is John Knox House, creating a unique venue that incorporates contemporary design with medieval architecture. Explore this museum to learn about one of the most turbulent times in Scottish History.


John Knox House General Admission

Adults:                              £5 (£4)

Children over 7:                £1

Children under 7:             Free


Opening times:

Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm

Sundays in July & August

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