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Scottish Storytelling Centre

43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
+44 131 556 9579
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Great for small kids

As grandparents with a very small boy and a large pushchair we were looking for a child friendly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sallydavies
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Durham, United Kingdom
Our favourite Fringe venue!

Like other reviewers, we discovered this place during the Fringe, and it turned out to be our... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Richard M
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BC, Canada
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The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an award-winning public building designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, halfway along Edinburgh's Royal Mile.The Centre includes the historic John Knox House, 99-seat Netherbow Theatre and the George Mackay Brown Library, and is the headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network. Our light and airy Storytelling Court is open to the public, and includes a free child-friendly exhibition, Scotland's Stories, as well as a programme of temporary displays. Our book and gift shop, housed in John Knox House's traditional 'luckenbooths', stocks a range of storytelling books, CDs and resources. The Storytelling Cafe serves delicious homemade lunches, coffees and snacks, as well as wines and beers and a special children's menu. The Centre is a friendly and welcoming space for meeting friends, finding out about Scotland's rich story heritage and experiencing the magic of live stories. We look forward to your visit!
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  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
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+44 131 556 9579
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As grandparents with a very small boy and a large pushchair we were looking for a child friendly spot with decent food at a reasonable price and plenty of space. This was so good our toddler wanted to stay longer so I had to try...More

Thank Sallydavies
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your lovely review Sally! We are delighted to hear you had a wonderful time in the Centre, as well as your toddler! Haste Ye Back :)

Reviewed 29 September 2017

Like other reviewers, we discovered this place during the Fringe, and it turned out to be our favourite venue by far! ALL the shows were fabulous and each one gave us an insight into the Scottish story... the staff were all very friendly, the cafe...More

Thank Richard M
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your lovely comments Richard! We won Best Accessible Small Permanent Venue at the year's Fringe, which we are also delighted about. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our Fringe programme, venue and staff - and I have passed your comments...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017

The Place itself was interesting. However the lady at the till was barely civil. Due to poorly laid out entrance I was uncertain where to go. I turned towards the door to the exhibit as the other way appeared to be to the cafe ....More

Thank RayMcG
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, but also sorry you had a negative experience. As you’re probably aware, Saturday was part of Doors Open Day which meant that the Museum was extremely busy all day, as we offered our customers...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Discovered this place while in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and made many visits throughout the week! The cafe is fab and the food delicious. Was pleased to see that Pukka teas were served as they're a personal favourite. :) The little book shop is...More

Thank Olivia Jayne N
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for your kind words Olivia. We're delighted you foundus, enjoyed us and hope to return! :) Haste ye Back

Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We have visited the John Knox house during past trips to Edinburgh and noted the Storytelling Centre but not made it for an event. Big mistake, we attended a presentation today which was part of the Fringe, not only great entertaining fun, but also thought...More

Thank bsandrs
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write about the Centre - we are delighted that you enjoyed the venue and the event (Turntable - MJ MCCarthy and Red Bridge Arts) and we look forward to seeing you again when you are up this way....More

Reviewed 12 August 2017

Went to see an event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Nice venue with a cafe and an open seating area beyond. Nice feel about the place. Clean loos and a decent theatre space. Staff well informed and on the ball.

Thank Isabel W
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience at the Storytelling Centre - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere we strive to create. Haste Ye Back!

Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to meet up , great coffee, great atmosphere. Cakes looked home made ,definitely recommend the carrot and orange cake.More

Thank Lindsey H
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for your lovely comments Lindsey - glad you enjoyed the Centre and its cafe (they have their own page too) who I have passed on your comments too. You're right - the cakes our home made, fresh on the premises and we always...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Went here with a friend to get out of the rain. Staff were friendly-ish and efficient. The food was ok. She had soup which was average and I had the avocado toast which was fine. I've had better. They serve food for gluten free and...More

Thank Munchie1212
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for your thoughts on the Centre's Story Cafe, who have their own page for thoughts on food and drink selection. I have passed on your comments above so they can improve the service and hopefully, if you return, your next visit will not...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

With only a couple of days in Edinburgh as part of a tour of Scotland, the Storytelling Centre was the perfect antidote for the busy streets outside. We sat spellbound for an hour and listened to magical tales of Selkies, witches and faeries. Thank you...More

Thank Zoe S
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review Zoe. We are delighted you discovered our Traditional Tales sessions and were transported away with storytelling :) We hope you enjoyed Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland on your travels - and Haste Ye Back!

Reviewed 8 July 2017

Enjoyed the performance we went to see but the visit was marred by some arrogant centre staff lacking basic llife skills and knowledge of their own premises. Ease up on the pretentions and try being friendly and helpful for goodness sake.More

Thank William S
LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your disappointment which is out of character for our venue. It was an extremely busy day that was in question, with many different community groups and people in the building who weren’t staff for...More

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