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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.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Visited Rosslyn Chapel for the first time today, having been aware of its existence since way before Dan Brown, and was completely amazed.

The visitor centre is modern with good interactive information facilities and a lovely wee cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating.
Excellent filter coffee and soups + smoked salmon bagels and chorizo/tomato toastie. Well staffed by pleasant and pro-active people. Tables were cleaned and turned round v quickly between customers. I was impressed by the fare on offer; far better than the usual offerings.

Earlier commenters who observed that the front desk can be overly busy at times, because as well as taking entrance payments it also deals with gift shop sales, have a point. Perhaps the place is a victim of its own success.
And yes, we did have to wait to use the loo but it was a Saturday and it was busy. Not a major problem.

All the members of staff we had dealings with were pleasant and informative - especially the guide within the chapel itself.

As for the chapel?
It is stunning. We spent more than an hour wandering about looking at the stone carvings and listening to the excellent talk from the guide.
We were more than happy to pay the £9 per person entry fee. Buildings of this type do not maintain themselves and need to be kept for posterity.

Also enjoyed meeting William the cat who lives locally and wanders in and out of the chapel at will.

Visited June 2013
Thank J L
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“Worth the short car ride out of Edinburgh”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

A must see church.... Not for Dan Brown, Tom Hanks, etc. but for the beauty of the craftsmanship, the architectural miracle that it is still standing, and the well laid out presentation by the staff. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Edinburgh. If you are going for a big Hollywood production or to complain later as people did on TA about paying 9 pounds or the quality of their coffee, then maybe just go to the tourist trap places back on the Royal Mile.

Visited June 2013
Thank dsj5777
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Time well spent”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

This was one of the most staggeringly beautifull places I have ever visited.There is so so much to see and if you are like me who loves photography then you are in for a visual feast for you and the camera.Sadly no cameras inside I think this is to boost sales of photos etc avaiable in gift centre.To my way of thinking if they charged £3 and gave you a pass they would make even more money but the outer parts offer an abundance of shots.There is also Old Rosslyn in net door a 17 th century building visited by many famous people Robert Burns for one.This is an absolute must to visit and to say the least a spiritual experience.

Visited June 2013
Thank Ian D
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Ian G, Director at Rosslyn Chapel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you for visiting and for posting your review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit. The main reason we ask visitors not to take photographs inside is that, in a small building, it can often distract and inconvenience other visitors. As you say, there are many opportunities for taking photos outside, particularly now that the scaffolding is down.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Interesting and peaceful”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Rosslyn Chapel is a beautiful place to visit. We found it to be full of interesting architecture and wonderful history and a peaceful place to just sit and think. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the history of the chapel and the family come to life. The visitor centre and the cafe are not too pricey, and the welcome you get from all the staff is second to none. Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
Thank silverbell1951
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2013

This place takes your breath away. Walk through the door - and you are stunned. If you never fancy going into a religious, just try this one. The quality of the workmanship is unbelievable.
The new visitor centre / cafe is great too. Do go.

Visited June 2013
Thank NRH_11
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