Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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.
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  • Ghostman51
    Skipton, United Kingdom162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the wait
    Wanted to visit this place for years and finally got to do it! An amazing chapel with fantastic stone work and carvings, it lived up to my expectations and on a sunny day too. The only downfall is not being allowed to photograph the inside, apart from that, well worth a visit
    Dear Ghostman51, Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. Whilst we do not permit photography inside the Chapel, we have a number of books for sale in our gift shop that contain many wonderful images of the Chapel We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 22 June 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Written 1 May 2023
  • lamarbradley
    Nashville, Tennessee1,205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see if you are in Edinburgh
    Had an opportunity to make a side trip to Rosslyn Chapel while in Edinburgh and it was awesome to visit. Not large at all but so intricately carved and decorated inside. Unfortunately, they do not allow photos inside, and that was a disappointment, but like so many places it is so that you will buy their book in the gift shop, which I did not do. The amount of carving is absolutely amazing, and there is hardly a surface that is not carved or decorated in some way. It is about 8 miles outside downtown Edinburgh, Scotland and accessible by cab and bus. We cabbed to it and took the bus back to our hotel. Absolutely would have felt like I missed something if I had not made this visit.
    Dear lamarbradley, Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. Whilst we do not permit photography inside the Chapel, as you said, we have a number of books for sale in our gift shop that contain many wonderful images of the Chapel We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 22 June 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Frances S
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stupendous
    This is worth every moment and every penny spent getting there. I've been to many cathedrals and castles and this place is incredible. It is an example of where the ordinarily valid maxim "less is more" in art doesn't apply. The entire interior is covered in the most beautiful carvings. Leaves, vines, angels playing musical instruments and animals are all carved everywhere including the ceiling. Every inch. There is also some beautiful stained glass. It was one of the highlights of our visit to Edinburgh and only about a 45 minute bus ride to get there easily from the city. The only huge negative was that they do not allow photography in the chapel and contrary to what the guides told me, all the carving is not digitized so that if you want an image of a carving you like it may not be available anywhere. (the harp playing angels are not and I wanted to photograph them but they do not allow any photos period.) It is a magical place - almost like a dream. Photo below is of exterior which of course you can take photos of.
    Dear francessK3984GW, Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are currently working on a new line of Angel products so you may well find what you're looking for, should you visit us again. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 22 June 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Kathleen V
    200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    As a leader of small group tours, I always include Rosslyn Chapel. Staff and guide are top notch. Friendly and knowledgeable. Time to roam was sufficient. Excellent gift shop and cafe. Not sure how many people know about what is nearby. A stroll through the cemetery is recommended. Continue on that path to see part of an old castle. Part of the area was closed during our visit. winter.
    Dear Kathleen V, Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 22 June 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Alecia91401
    Los Angeles, California53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and mysterious chapel
    This is a must see if you're in/near Edinburgh. Just a 1/2 hour bus ride from the city, this little gem is most interesting. You could spend hours staring at all of the details (many of them hidden) in this chapel. So glad it was restored after be abandoned for hundreds of years. Thanks to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, it's seen a resurgence of interest from the public. Even without all the hype around it being a "templar" chapel, it's still worth the visit.
    Dear Alecia91401, Thank you for taking the time to write 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 28 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, California431 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty & Whimsical Chapel
    The Rosalyn Chapel is very pretty. It is also very popular. We followed a tour group into the large bookstore cafe, and purchased discounted senior tickets. Reservations may be needed during very busy times. In the chapel, we found seats, and listened to a guide give an entertaining talk about the chapel’s history. It was disappointing that no photos were allowed.
    Dear Laura H, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. Whilst we do not permit photography within the Chapel, we do have a large selection of books available for purchase in our gift shop that have some wonderful images of the Chapel interior We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 1 July 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Jolien M
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exquisite art
    Really beautiful chapel. The detailed art on the pillars, windows and sealing is exquisite! Sadly, no pictures are allowed inside, but this maybe gives you more time to take in the beauty of this place. In every timeslot there is a moment in which one of the Chapels employees provides information about the history of the Chapel, which was very interesting. You can visit the little room where they filmed for the davinchi code, but it looks quite different. Really recommend this place if you are visiting Edinburgh. Public transportation goes to Roslin.
    Dear JolienM71, Thank you for taking the time to write 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 27 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • chapman350
    Norwich, United Kingdom85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    We arrived early for our visit which was booked online as recommended on the website but we were allowed in early. It was very interesting with plenty of information boards, there was a talk from one of the guides and plenty of guides around to ask for information. Very enjoyable visit.
    Dear chapman350, Thank you for taking the time to write us review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We are very proud of the passion that our guides show in telling the Chapel's story & sharing it's history with all of our visitors. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 27 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Andrew I
    Glasgow, United Kingdom18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who killed the Apprentice Mason ????
    Quite simply, if you haven't been, get this on your to do list. I had wanted to visit for a while and I'm so glad I did. I'm no expert, but the architecture is amazing. On arrival the staff were friendly and helpful and explained the do's and don'ts of the chapel. The grounds are immaculate and the inside of the chapel is stunning. The free guide leaflet is excellent for locating certain items of interest and the information boards throughout the chapel tell you where to look to see other items of interest. The talk given by one of the staff had the whole chapel intrigued and silent as he told the history of the chapel. That alone was worth the price of admission. The gift shop has a wide range of gifts, all priced sensibly. The only reason this is not a 5 star review is the ban on photographing inside the chapel. I understand why, but possibly provide a tour where this would be allowed.
    Dear 437andrewi, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We are very proud of the passion that our guides show in telling the Chapel's story & sharing it's history with all of our visitors. We restrict photography within the Chapel to preserve the experience for all of our visitors. We do offer Candlelight Visits on the run up to Christmas with smaller groups where photography is permitted. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
    Written 27 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • MultiDave76
    Glasgow, United Kingdom9 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
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Paolo88_12
Gillingham, UK314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Went to finish our Scotland trip off, the chapel itself is small. But the amount of detail involved is amazing. So much to see in the carvings. My youngest son was so interested and staff allowed him to ask questions. We heard a talk, with the speaker providing a lot of information. The chapel and gardens are a peaceful area. A very interesting place.
Written 15 April 2024
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Dear Paolo88_12, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4* 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 17 April 2024
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Local guide guy
Edinburgh, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Build as Collegiate church of St. Mathew, containing more mysteries that one can handle, made famous by Dan Brown - The Davinci Code
Written 11 April 2024
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Dear HashtagEdinboro, 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 17 April 2024
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Angel69
Hampshire218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I suggest you catch the bus from Edinburgh to Rosslyn Chapel. It's only £2.00 each way and takes about 40 minutes. Much cheaper than going on an expensive trip!
Buses run every 30 minutes.
The drop-off and pick-up point is right by a pub where I ate lunch, on the way back, in front of an open fire.

There is a short walk to the chapel. Entrance £9.50.

Upon entering the little museum area I went directly into the Chapel where a lady gave a really interesting 15-minute speech and pointed out some architecture which may easily have been missed.
It was very helpful and there were staff around who were more than happy to answer any questions.

No photographs are allowed to be taken inside the chapel.

Spent approximately 1 hour here but, if the weather had been better, would have wandered around outside too. (Unfortunately, it was wet, dull, windy and cold).
Written 31 March 2024
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Dear Angel69, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4* 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 17 April 2024
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Travel0vers
Edinburgh, UK230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
What an amazing place this is, so many different things to see, history to hear of. The lady giving the talk prior to looking around was so knowledgeable.
Written 24 March 2024
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Dear Travel0vers, 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 25 March 2024
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Colin AJM M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The Chapel is a truly awesome experience, and our guide Megan gave a superb talk about its varied history and fortunes since mediaeval times. Add to this an excellent visitor centre and cafe and some of the friendliest staff we have come across, which makes Rosslyn Chapel a must see if you are in the Edinburgh area
Written 13 March 2024
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Dear Colin AJM M, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that you that Megan and the rest of the team were so friendly and knowledgeable. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
Written 20 March 2024
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Dino4
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Such interesting history! I have always wanted to visit as I am a big history fan and was not disappointed. Inside the chapel and the info in the welcome centre was all so informative and well presented. We sat in for a talk by one of the guides who was very knowledgeable, interesting and engaging! Even my partner had a great time and he is not a huge history person.

The cafe and shop were both good too, we had breakfast and coffee and no complaints at all.
Could not recommend more!
Written 27 February 2024
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Dear Sulls, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful 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 20 March 2024
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Derek M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
My daughter in law was awarded a BEM in the King's honours list. She chose to have her award presentation in the Chapel. What a wonderful place for it. My wife and I had visited it several days prior with 2 of our grandchildren, and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience of it all, especially the "whispering door. There are lots of things for them to get involved in, and also a lovely cafe and gift shop. Staff were excellent, and the guides very knowledgeable within the Chapel. To return later in the week was amazing, seeing it in a "°different light" On this special occasion, we were allowed to take photos inside. Thank you for that.
Written 23 February 2024
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Dear Derek M, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful 5* review and for visiting us here at Rosslyn Chapel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us on both occasions. We hope to welcome you back to Rosslyn Chapel in the future.
Written 20 March 2024
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JenJen85254
Scottsdale, AZ173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This was my husband's pick for a touristy item while in Scotland this past Christmas. He chose it based on his viewings of Ancient Aliens. We ended up spending much longer here than planned and had to drag our son out. We were lucky enough to listen to a speaker in the Chapel itself and see things we would never have noticed otherwise. Our 7 year old loved the guide for children -he found his way around and the speakers were so patient in answering all his questions. Inside the centre we continued our learning and our son found the kids area with dress up, building and games. He would have spent all day here. We did get a quick snack at the cafe which was much better than you usually get at these places. Definitely an amazing day out and so much to do for the kids!
Written 1 February 2024
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Dear JenJen85254, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful 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 20 March 2024
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Madeline0403
Detroit, MI108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Rosslyn Chapel is the kind of place where everywhere you turn, you find something interesting and unexpected. The carvings and windows are beautiful and I ventured down to the Sacristy. The grounds are lovely, as well. If you are in Edinburgh, a visit to Rosslyn Chapel is a definite must-do.
Written 22 December 2023
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Dear Madeline0403, Thank you for taking the time to write 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 18 January 2024
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Helen H
Moffat, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We had the privilege of being part of a small group that had the opportunity to visit the chapel on a winters evening and to hear from our wonderful guide, Helen, the history and the mystery of Rosslyn. The atmosphere created by being candle lit was intimate, relaxed and mystical. Then having time to wander at will through the chapel was icing on a delicious Christmas cake. A location and an experience not to be missed. Thank you.
Written 14 December 2023
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Thank you for coming to our candlelit visit and for giving it such a great review. We were all delighted to hear that you had enjoyed it so much! We run a series of these visits around Christmas time so I'm sure that your review will encourage others to enjoy a candlelit experience in future.
Written 18 December 2023
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