Rosslyn Chapel

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9PU

    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.

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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening times 2016
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 09:30 17:00
    Tuesday 09:30 17:00
    Wednesday 09:30 17:00
    Thursday 09:30 17:00
    Friday 09:30 17:00
    Saturday 09:30 17:00
    Sunday 12:00 16:45

    Open Monday to Saturday 09.30-5.00pm (closes 6pm April-September)
    Sunday, 12.noon-4.45pm
    Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
    Closed to visitors on 24,25, 31 December and 1 January

    Road Directions

    In the village of Roslin, Midlothian. if driving from Edinburgh or the A720, follow signs to Penicuik and look out for brown tourist signposts as you approach the village. Free parking on site. 

    Public Transport Directions

    Good bus service from Edinburgh city centre with Lothian Buses 37 stopping in Roslin village, just a few minutes' walk from the Chapel. Make sure the bus is marked 'via Roslin'.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • the gift shop
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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