Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.
The chapel took some 40 years to complete and its ornate stonework and mysterious symbolism have inspired - and intrigued – artists and visitors ever since. Today, there are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel, many of which are impossible to prove or disprove conclusively.Our tour guides will be able to tell you more about these, and about the history of the Chapel, during your visit.
Rosslyn has survived turbulent times and has recently been undergoing an extensive programme of conservation to ensure its long-term future.
A new state-of-the-art visitor centre tells the Chapel’s story – from its 15th century origins, through the Reformation, to the Da Vinci Code – and has an attractive coffee shop and gift shop. Please note that, due to space restrictions, the visitor centre facilities including the coffee shop and toilets are only accessible to paying visitors and passholders (refreshments are available separately in the village).
No photography is allowed in the Chapel as this can distract and inconvenience other visitors. There are no restrictions on outside photography for personal use.
Rosslyn Chapel is a working church and may occasionally be closed for weddings, funerals and other events.