‘A treasure in stone’
Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9PU
Drive time from Cringletie - 13 miles and 20 minutes
Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.
Almost every surface of the Chapel boasts carved stonework, with many of the carvings telling Biblical stories, moral messages or celebrating nature. The chapel took some 40 years to build and its ornate stonework and mysterious symbolism have inspired - and intrigued – artists and visitors ever since.
The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film. Rosslyn Chapel Trust was established to care for the beauty of its setting and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired, attracted and intrigued artists, writers and visitors ever since. Often described as a 'treasure in stone', practically every surface inside and outside this unique building is carved in an outstanding display of craftsmanship, including angels, Green Men and the famous Apprentice Pillar.
Today, there are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel, many of which are impossible to prove or disprove conclusively. 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).
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.
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.
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