Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel
4.5
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
12:00 - 17:00
About
Rosslyn Chapel is open to visitors again with extra safety measures in place and a new booking system, giving 90 minutes for your visit. Please book your visit in advance on our website. Dating back to 1446, the is just seven miles from Edinburgh city centre and is open to visitors all year. The Chapel's setting and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have attracted and intrigued visitors for generations. A starring role in The Da Vinci Code propelled it into the international spotlight. There are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel and our tour guides will be able to tell you more about these, and the building's history, when you visit. Please note that photography inside the Chapel is not allowed but there are no restrictions on outside photography. New visitor centre with touch-screen technology, letting you see the carvings close up; gift shop and good coffee shop. Full details of how to get here and what to see and do is on our website.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • MultiDave76
    Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First trip to Rosslyn Chapel
    We visited Rosslyn Chapel yesterday as a party of five. We had pre booked online for an allocated time slot which I recommend you do as it was fairly busy. You get 30 minutes to look around the chapel then inside a 20 minute presentation about the history is given. We all really enjoyed this and is a must if you are in the area. Strictly no photography inside however there are plenty of opportunities outside. Wonderful day and would recommend.
    Dear MultiDave76, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 1 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • sdeeley42
    294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and very interesting.
    We were staying in Dalkeith so only a short drive to the chapel. Amazing place. Booked online and entrance was easy. Lovely visitor centre, cafe and toilets. The talk given inside the chapel was really good. The grounds are lovely.
    Dear sdeeley42, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 1 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • ChrissieWilliams81
    Wyong Creek, Australia1,142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    We visited here as an optional extra on our tour. Don’t miss it! Made famous by The Da Vinci Code book and movie. It’s a chapel filled with the most unbelievable carvings that tell thousands of stories. It’s unfinished and has partial walls. Photography inside is not permitted.
    Dear ChrissieWilliams81, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 1 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Linda H
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Amazing a must see
    On my bucket list and most certainly didn’t fall short. It is stunning the pillars the carvings were outstanding there is so much to take in the ceiling how they managed this back in the day defies belief. The curators story on the Chapel was so informative The visitors centre Cafe and Gift shop ticked all the boxes Rosslyn Chapel should not be missed
    Dear Linda H, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 1 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Nomad9499
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative
    Absolutely fantastically informative and good value for money. A beautiful little church loads of history beside Hollywood. Excellent talk from the staff. Cafe good value. Only downside parking can be a bit tight
    Dear Nomad9499, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 1 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Ann S
    79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating chapel.
    What an amazing place. Like thousands of others we only knew about this place because of Dan Brown's book and the film The Da Vinci Code. We didn't really know what to expect. There is plenty of parking and then it's a short walk to the visitor centre where there's a lot of information about the chapel. There is also a cafe and loos. The chapel itself is a fascinating piece of workmanship and history. There is a small guide - available in a number of languages - which tells you what to look for both inside and out. We also had a lady speak for about 15 minutes on the history of the chapel and she pointed out some of the carvings. It was very interesting. Then we had a wander around on our own playing 'I spy' with carvings. The only downside of our visit was that photography is not allowed inside the chapel. I can understand why but when there is such magnificent workmanship on view it's a shame not to be able to record it.
    Dear annsU7132AZ, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 1 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Stacey T
    Calgary, Canada25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible. Worth the short drive.
    Stunning. It was very inexpensive, relatively close to Edinburgh, and the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and easy to approach. It was incredible to get to see a place with so much incredible history. Stay and listen to the staff give their talk inside the chapel and use the guide map to get as much as you can from the visit. There is a small gift shop and toilets as well. For wheelchair users - this attraction is fully wheelchair accessible including the washrooms.
    Thank you for such a great review. For the benefit of other travellers, there is an access guide on our website with full details of accessibility across the site.
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Dawn A
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little chapel
    This is a lovely chapel in a little village which has great views. We didn’t listen to the talk but exploring the chapel was really cool. Definitely pick up a free guide to see all the little things you can spot inside. Only had to pay for adults and kids were free. They even have a guide for children to keep them entertained.
    Thanks for visiting and I'm delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time here.
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 September 2023
  • travelinspiration
    Dallas, Texas355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Chapel and great history!!
    Loved visiting Rosslyn early morning with prebooked tickets before buses descended!! Wonderfully ornate for it's size and fortunately had a private guide with us to bring the history to life - well worth a visit!!
    Thanks for visiting and for giving such a good review. We open at 9am (Mon-Sat) and this can often be a quieter time to visit so thanks for sharing this advice!
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • alroadrun61
    Irving, Texas52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Historic tour of Rosalyn Chapel
    Took a tour of the Rosalyn Chapel while on a recent golf trip to Scotland. We had a free day, and decided to visit. We were not disappointed. The views were amazing. The Historical perspective was awe inspiring. The tour speaker was very informative. As someone who read the Da Vinci code and seen the movie it was interesting to learn more about the History behind the Chapel. Would highly recommend this to anyone on a tour of Scotland.
    Thanks for visiting Rosslyn Chapel, for giving such a great review and for recommending that others come too. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much.
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 September 2023
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Jacqui M
636 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Having not visited for over 10 years, we came back with grandchildren. Unfortunately, it was during the easing of lockdown and certain restrictions were in place, such as having to book a 90-minute slot, limited access to the cafe and some areas in the chapel closed. The modern entrance housing the gift shop and cafe looked incongruous but improved the waiting experience! Once inside the chapel, we were subjected to a one-way system which diminished the joy of wandering round at leisure. A volunteer guide gave an interesting talk, pointing out various objects which were difficult to pick out because of the need to move on, with people behind us. Worth returning to when some normality resumes!
Written 10 September 2020
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Kim W
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Set in peaceful surroundings and well worth a visit if you loved 'The Da Vinci Code'. The trip to Rosslyn Chapel was the unexpected highlight of my 2016 Scotland/Ireland holiday. We arrived half an hour before closing and were fortunate enough to sit in and listen to the last (free) talk of the day from one of the guides (who I have since seen being interviewed on tv documentarys about the Chapel). In the talk, the guide highlighted to the left-hand corner where numerous sightings of angels are seen by a few, as well as talking about the exact point (or cross) where the St Michael and Mary Magdalene (Rose Line) intersect. It was interesting (and amusing) to see everyone rush to those points of interest after her talk was finished, so I just sat there and waited in my pew. It was the ley lines I was interested in and when it was clear, I stood up and moved to this spot. Within seconds of standing there I felt a wave of immense energy come from within me that it reeled me backwards. As this happened, I just happened to look over to the guide who was still standing behind the dais and noticed that she was watching me smiling. We walked towards each other and she said that she could only count five times what she had just witnessed with me! I was that overwhelmed that I burst into tears, so this beautiful lady gave me a hug and she said that she'd like to give me some candles that had been blessed (and this strange experience didn't finish there!) As I followed her up the aisle to the front of the church I became aware that my legs were growing heavier and heavier with each step (like I was being pulled down from a force beneath). It was a strange sensation and it started to really scare me, particularly for one who has an open mind to a lot of esoteric things. On this, I took my candles and thanked our guide and once outside I was fine. There were more things said about what the guide had witnessed with her time at the Chapel, but I won't go into it here. I wish I could have stayed longer that afternoon as I didn't want to leave and I regret not having the time to explore the Chapel's outer surroundings too. So, if anyone reads this, make sure you give yourself a couple of hours at this amazing site and I hope you get to experience a little big of angelic magic too.
Written 5 March 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
An incredible little Gothic chapel with elaborate masonry, carvings and decoration that make it comparable to some of the most magnificent Gothic cathedrals in Europe, and I've seen a few. Just about every centimetre of the chapel is decorated with relief and statues, some in poor state, but mostly beautifully restored. My only complaint is the entrance price which is high for a 1 hour visit. We visited on one of the time slots that also includes a guided tour and talk was very interesting. Photos and videos are not permitted inside the church, so if it wasn't for the guided tour, I'd feel short-changed.
Written 11 October 2020
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Chilled04
Glasgow, Scotland128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Enjoyed visit to Rosslyn Chapel. Amazing building and the stone carvings are incredible. Lots of information as you go round the church. Only slight issue was that it felt like there were too many people in at the time of our visit. We had prebooked a time slot and expected it to be quieter but you had to wait to see next information board and move constantly to let people passed. I would say reduced the numbers you are letting in just for a little while more to make people feel safe.
Written 27 May 2021
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greenacres18
Wells, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Amazing, fascinating and full of mystery. Really worth the visit.
Due to covid you must book a slot online if you want to go inside, although you can walk round the outside no problem and use the cafe.
Couldn't find the holy grail this time but maybe on another visit 😀
Written 17 August 2020
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Thanks for your great review and for highlighting that visits should be booked through our website in advance.
Written 20 August 2020
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dgutte
Benidorm, Spain5,446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Visited this week and had a great visit. It really is a beautiful church with wonderful history.

TIP: if you are visiting under the COVID restrictions, where numbers are limited and have to be pre-booked, stay in the gift shop and cafe for half an hour or so. Everyone heads straight to the chapel which means you feel pressured to make your way round the chapel fairly briskly. If you wait, let everyone go round until they head to the gift shop, you will have a much more intimate experience.
Written 15 August 2020
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Thanks for posting your review and a good tip for other visitors! Each visit, booked through our website, gives visitors 90 minutes to enjoy the Chapel and visitor centre (including shop and coffee shop).
Written 20 August 2020
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KJM377
Glasgow, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
My friend and I came to visit the chapel on the 7th of February. We sat in and listened to one of the best tour guides talk about the history and myths of the chapel. The main part of the chapel is accessible for all but you will need to be able to use rather steep steps to go in to the lower part of the building. The intricate carvings and the story behind them is fascinating. The tour guide talked about the film that was done at the chapel... I've still not seen it! Once you have done the chapel there are walking areas, down to the graveyard has a steep hill for those that have mobility issues. The cafe is lovely and reasonably priced. The 2 lads working in the cafe are brothers and were very polite and took our order to the table. Lots of souvenirs and gifts and lovely jewellery on sale too. Look out for the wee cat... he may take up a seat with you in the chapel.
Written 8 February 2020
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meandmybloke
Mansfield, UK260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This chapel is really worth a visit. Book your time online before visiting. Easy to get to on the bus with a short walk up to the chapel. Tours are well organised and Maureen gave us a brilliant talk on the Chapel’s history. Very nice small shop and cafe. All visitors are asked to leave for ten minutes throughout the day so that sanitisation can take place inside. Look out for William the Chapel cat although he doesn’t like a lot of fuss from visitors.
Written 16 August 2020
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Thanks for your review and great comments. I'm very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and even managed to spot William the Chapel Cat!
Written 20 August 2020
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Chillin2812
Corfu, Greece25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A beautiful little chapel on the outside and a stunning gem on the inside. We had some time to wander round taking in some of the skilled masonry work inside the chapel before the guide gave the audience a wealth of information explaining the design, the building, the features, the restoration work and the amusing stories of the people through the years.
I have no interest in The De Vince Code or the Knights Templar but didn’t need any as this building captivated me with its beauty and I would happily visit again.
Written 13 March 2020
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Emmydob
Carnock, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I have been wanting to visit for years as a huge Da Vinci Code fan. I was shocked at how small the chapel is but somehow this added to its beauty and intimate feeling. The masonry is amazing, I could have spent all day looking at it. We sat and listened to the guide's talk and it was so interesting (and at times funny). As much as I would loved to have taken photos inside, I think it is the right decision not to allow this. Just myself and my husband visited this time and I was surprised (and thrilled) to find next time we visit our teenage kids will get entry free. All in all a lovely way to spend a few hours and every staff member we spoke to was very friendly.
Written 15 March 2020
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