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“Forget the hype and just enjoy the little chapel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel
Chapel Loan | Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Roslin EH25 9PU, Scotland
44-131-440-2159
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$49*
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Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group...
Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Roslin
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rosslyn Chapel, dating back to 1446, 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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“Forget the hype and just enjoy the little chapel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I was hesitant to visit chapel and didn't much of it as I only associated it with the Da Vinci Code, which I've never read or seen, but I was pleasantly surprised.
It is a very small chapel but there is a modern visitor centre attached which gives a comprehensive history and explanation about the chapel.
There are laminated information sheets inside the chapel to explain the features and guides inside to answer questions. I was fascinated about the story behind the two special pillars.
The chapel was heaving with tourists from around the world.
It's only a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh and well-worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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“A cathedral in miniature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The chapel is a wonder of masonry carvings and religious architecture. That it was built and maintained for centuries by one family is all the more remarkable. There are boards at many stages to explain the carvings around and above you, but if you have the time, wait for a 20 min talk by one of the guides. S/he will use a laser pointer to draw your attention to the more obscure carvings on the ceiling or in corners. You need to allow at least an hour and a half to fully enjoy the interior and exterior carvings, with time for tea or coffee and a toilet break/souvenir shop browsing time.

I am sorry to read other comments about the pricing and how the chapel used to be free etc. but the fabric needs to be maintained somehow and charging entrance fees is the only sensible way. A tiny wall in our suburban garden was rebuilt for £3000 so I dread to think what it costs to maintain such an ancient and important chapel, plus pay staff salaries.

A final point, I've not read any Dan Brown but am aware of the massive success of The Da Vinci Code. However, if this work of fiction is your sole reason for visiting this 600+ year old chapel, then I can see why you will be disappointed. There are no templars, there are no secret passages, there are no bodies and it's a small place (the clue is in the word chapel) built for the satisfaction and pleasure of a private family.

Visited May 2013
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“Very special place in lovely surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

As a resident of Roslin it would be easy to become a little blase about the 'medieval masterpiece' in our midst but i never fail to be stimulated when walking into the Chapel. Forgetting all the Da Vinci Code hype, it is a magical place in its own right and justifiable attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. The good news is the outside scaffolding is coming down this summer, so we will once again be able to appreciate the Chapel from the outside - that's worth a visit in itself!
The vistors centre is modern and has a first class coffee shop - the filled rolls are delicious - as is the apple strudel - with seats outside to enjoy the vista of Roslin Glen.
The only drawback - the busy road leading from the village to Chapel has no pavement - so large coaches jostle with pedestrians, making it quite dangerous if you are on foot. So take care but don't let it put you off!

Visited May 2013
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“Certainly Unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

On my trip throughout the United Kingdom, this was by far my favorite church. It is very old and all of the carvings are exquisite. You should really go if you want to see how beautiful it is, as one other reviewer mentioned, there isn't a lot of history per-se (Da Vinci code somewhat exaggerates its importance). Unfortunately, it may still be under construction, and you cannot take pictures inside, but they have to protect it somehow. To get there, I would recommend taking the Lothian bus if there is only one or two passengers (it's about 5 pounds round-trip each) or take a cab (about 25 pounds). Also, I wouldn't go out of your way to see this church, but if you are in Edinburgh for a few days, then it is definitely worth it--and you also get to see the charming town of Roslin.

Visited December 2012
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

My husband and I are Templar history buffs and Rosslyn Chapel is a must see if you are in the area. It's a short taxi ride from Edinburgh - about 24 pounds including a nice tip. The Chapel is very lovely even 600 years later. The intricate carvings and associated stories are wonderful. It's a magical place.

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