Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair and took some forty years to build. The beauty of its setting and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired, attracted and intrigued visitors and artists ever since.
Practically every surface inside and outside this unique building is carved in an outstanding display of craftsmanship, with many carvings depicting Biblical scenes or giving moral messages. Rosslyn Chapel Guides give talks throughout the day, lasting around 20 minutes, and providing a great introduction to the building and its carvings. Over the years, many theories, myths and legends have been associated with the Chapel and the Guides will be able to tell you more about these during your visit. The Chapel’s visitor centre tells more of the story, from its 15th century origins to the Da Vinci Code and beyond, and has an attractive coffee shop and gift shop.
Monday-Saturday 09.30 – 18.00
Sunday 12 noon – 16.45
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
The guides provide talks throughout the day at the following times:
Monday to Saturday: 10am, 11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Sundays: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Rosslyn Chapel is a 15th Century building, and its historic nature prevents this from making it fully accessible. The new visitor centre is fully accessible. There are electronic glass sliding doors on entry and exit. There is an accessible toilet in the Centre. The shop and coffee shop are also accessible for wheelchair users – you can find out more here. There is FREE parking onsite.
Just seven miles south of Edinburgh’s city centre and close to the Scottish Borders, Rosslyn Chapel is easily accessible, whether travelling by car, bus, train, bicycle or on foot.
If driving from Edinburgh city centre, follow signs to the Newington or Liberton areas, then continue along the A701, towards Penicuik.
If driving from east or west of the city, take the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass to the Straiton junction, then the A701, following signs to Penicuik.
From the south, follow the A74(M), then the A701, or follow the signs for the Chapel on the A7 after Newtongrange. From the A1, follow signs to the A720 to the Straiton junction and follow signs for Penicuik.
There is a good bus service every day to and from Roslin village. From Edinburgh city centre, look for a Lothian Service 37 and check that it says ‘Penicuik/ Deanburn’ at the front of the bus (if in doubt, ask the driver!).
Use the Borders Railway (Edinburgh to Tweedbank) to travel through Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders along the newest railway line in Britain. Take the train to Eskbank station – the journey from Edinburgh Waverley to Eskbank station will take 18 minutes and the journey from Tweedbank station to Eskbank will take 37 minutes – and then East Coast Bus service 140 (runs approx. every 30 minutes) from the main road, near Tesco store, will take an additional 30 minutes to Roslin. Alternatively, the Chapel is a short taxi ride away. There are a number of local taxi companies to call including Dalkeith Taxis on 0131 654 1212, Midlothian Taxi Hire Company on 0131 440 2985 or Aerial ABW on Cabs on 0131 663 2000.
Contact 0131 440 2159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Most visitors spend between 1 and 2 hours on site so please allow enough time for your journey and visit.
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