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“Easy afternoon trip”
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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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“Easy afternoon trip”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

This was an easy afternoon trip, we arrived at the last showing and walked around. Very intresting if you are into this stuff. Hint: around the parking lot there is a trail and it leads to a super secret place where a Harry Potter scene was filmed.

Visited November 2010
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“Very interesting experience and informative guided tour given. Puts Scotland on the world map again!! historial visit”
Reviewed October 9, 2011

We visited Rosslyn Chapel today as a family of 5, we walked round and were given a guided tour of the Chapel, it was small but very quait, extremely informative and alot of historial value that I never realised. It cost £27.00 for 5 of us to get in, my 6 yr old got in free. We were there for 2hrs and enjoyed every minute; I have never seen such detailed stone masonary in my life before and every turned told a story. I am now going to watch the De vinci code again;
Well worth a visit by anyone visiting Scotland - full of history going back 700 years.

Visited October 2011
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“A superb chapel with one major gripe”
Reviewed October 1, 2011

We have visited the superb Rosslyn Chapel twice now and we would definitely visit it again. The carvings are superb and there is a wonderful atmosphere about the place especially if you can find a quiet spot. You can spend as long as you like roaming in and around the chapel and even enjoy a visit to the old castle ruins a short walk away. There was scaffolding around the chapel both times we visited which spoilt the look of the place but did give a rare chance to see the upper parts which are very interesting. I believe the scaffolding has now been removed.

So why only a four star rating? Simply because of the extremely annoying' no photos allowed' rule inside the chapel for health and safety reasons. Half the fun in visiting marvellous buildings like this is to take your own photos, share your own memories. I tried to take a couple of crafty pictures but was watched like a Hawk by a very enthusiastic guide which was a pain. Health and safety reasons? What a load of old tosh as it was noticable that you can, of course, buy a disc with pictures of the interior from the shop. This just feels like a rip off but it still can't spoil the overall experiance of this fabulous piece of history. I do think that they shoud alter their no photos policy though!

Visited November 2010
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“An interesting side-trip from Edinburgh's main sights”
Reviewed September 25, 2011

If you want to see the chapel, be sure to take public transit. The city bus leaves every 30 minutes from the end of Princes St and is way cheaper than the paid tours. It is a straight route with no transfers, so you can't get lost.

The chapel itself is quite interesting. There is a free guided tour, but if there are a lot of people in the small chapel, everyone will just sit in the pews while the guide talks about the building. You can roam the building and grounds for as long as you want - there is another small castle ruin nearby and a lovely 2-hourish hike. You can get a trail map from the chapel entrance desk.

The stonework in the chapel is remarkable - there is so much detail that it is worth spending time looking at things on your own after the tour.

If you are a mason, you can arrange a special tour (for a fee) with the local masons organization.

If you only have a few days in Edinburgh, you don't need to see the chapel to feel like you saw the city, but if you have an interest in architecture, the church, masonry, or just want to see something off the beaten path, it is a good change of pace. There is a small pub right by the Roslin bust stop, so you can have a pint while you wait for the bus home.

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“It's not just another church, it is worth the bus ride”
Reviewed September 20, 2011

We took the bus 15 to Roslin (it goes from Princes St. but it was shorter to walk to a stop from Grassmarket - you can get a bus map and find it easily). The bus ride is 1.30 pounds one-way, takes only 30 min, and it's a short walk from the bus stop (just straight ahead). The bus goes every 30 min on Sundays (perhaps even more often otherwise). We heard there was a free guided tour in 45 min so we wondered around ourselves, watched the short film at the shop building and waited. It was difinitely worth it as we got more info than what we could read. Very interesting place with a long history, amazing that the owner family knows their ancestors to 11th century, and there are also some interesting mysteries & stories regarding this chapel. It's worth visiting even in no connection to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. It's simply "not just another church". Last guided tour at 16:45.

Visited September 2011
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