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“Interesting carvings, long bus trip”
Review of Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel
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Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Roslin
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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.
Canberra, Australia
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“Interesting carvings, long bus trip”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

Went to Rosslyn Chapel on 7th September via the public bus. The number 15 Lothian bus takes you there in about 45 mins from the centre of Edinburgh. I made the mistake of trying to catch the bus from St. Andrews Square. Turns out that square has heaps of bus stops around it, so very confusing! Simpler to catch it from York Place, Princes Street or Lothian Road. The fare was about £1.30. The bus runs once an hour. The driver announced the Rosslyn Chapel stop, but you could also just hop off when most other people do. rosslyn Chapel itself was interesting. The guide inside provided some good background information. There's also a 12 min video in the visitor centre you can watch. Would recommend the Chapel for anyone with an interest in the Knights Templar, the Masons, restoration of historic buildings, stone carvings, religious history of Scotland.

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“A MUST SEE if you're in Scotland, even if you never read/saw Da Vinci Code”
Reviewed September 7, 2011

Visited this site with my husband the other day and was very satisfied with the visit. Despite his growing up near the site, and the fact that he is an Episcopal priest, he had never been. The site is beautiful and the 30 minute "tour" and short film are very informative and the history of the site is fascinating. Worth the £7.50 enterance fee. Disappointing that you cannot take photos inside.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“absolutely magnificent”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

This is worth the 6 Pounds admission. It is so beautiful. The village is lovely too.

Visited October 2010
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Ashgill, Scotland
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“Beats the Da Vinci Code...”
Reviewed August 27, 2011

Like many other people, its appearance in the Da Vinci Code intrigued me to visit. The entrance fee is not cheap at £7.70 per adult for basically a church but it is sort of 'one of a kind'.

The chapel is undergoing renovation at present, so parts of the exterior are covered up. Toilet facilities are located in the car park (well not literally). The car parking at the site was free which was a welcome suprise.

I found the interior of the chapel fascinating as the intricate and complex stone carvings are evrywhere and you do wonder a) what do they mean and b) how can somebody do that with stone?

Many of the carvings are just plain strange and don't fit with a church, this is what makes this place so fascinating especially as they all liknk to conspiracy theories about freemasonry and Knights Templar!

The chapel offers free tours and talks at certain times of the day, so worthwhile joining one if you get the chance.

A unique piece of Scottish heritage but don't expect to find a trapdoor!!

Visited August 2011
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Rosslyn Chapel GrayLine tour”
Reviewed August 20, 2011

We felt that this tour was a complete waste of our time and money.
The main attraction of this tour (at least for us…) is Rosslyn Chapel, featured in the best seller 'The Da Vinci Code'. Although it's indicated in the tour brochure that "prices are for transport and guided tour only", all they did was to bring us to the site and send us to tour the site for 2 hours on our own (we had to pay separately for entrance and were guided by the sites' local guides, not the GrayLine guide). Two hours is too much time for this site. Moreover, taking into account that Rosslyn is just 10 kilometers from Edinburgh center, public transportation would have been a much faster (around 30 minutes) and cheaper way to reach the place.
The other parts of the tour were a waste as well. Scott's View was closed (we were not notified about this before the tour started), we were given about an hour to stroll in the nice town of Melrose, and an hour and a half for a lunch break (lunch paid by us separately).

Visited July 2011
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