The chapel took some 40 years to build 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. The Chapel, is open throughout the year (closing only on 24 and 25 December and 1 January). Advance booking now necessary for a timed visit, each lasting for an hour and a half.
- Almost every surface of the Chapel boasts carved stonework, with many of the carvings telling Biblical stories, moral messages or celebrating nature. You can find out about what there is to see and do by following this link.
- Free leaflets, with maps of the carvings, are now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Swedish, Mandarin and Japanese.
- Admission is £9 for adults, £7 for concessions (over 60, 17 and under, unemployed, Armed Forces, student) and children, visiting in a family group, are free of charge.
- The Chapel is in the village of Roslin, Midlothian, and is easily reached from Edinburgh or the Borders. There is a good bus service from Edinburgh city centre (Lothian service 37) and a number of tour companies offer trips to Rosslyn Chapel, leaving from the city centre. If driving from Edinburgh or the A720, follow signs to Penicuik and look out for brown tourist signposts as you approach the village. There is free parking on site. For full travel directions, please follow this link
- 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).
- Please note that 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. These details wil be published on our website.
- If one visit is not going to be enough, you can plan to stay for longer by booking either Collegehill House or Rosslyn Castle. Both provide self-catering accommodation and are in the care of Rosslyn Chapel Trust