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  • Address: Chapel Loan, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Rosslyn Chapel Tours

Propelled into the limelight by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, this 15th-century chapel is well worth a look, even for those with no interest in Knights Templar conspiracy theories. The Gothic exterior—with its flying buttresses, pinnacles, and pointed arches—hides an elaborate interior, full of stone carvings rich in symbolism. 

The Basics
Rosslyn Chapel is a popular day trip from Edinburgh. Organized day tours often venture south from Edinburgh, stopping at Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders, and—in some instances—at Hadrian’s Wall across the border in England. Other organized tours plot courses north from Rosslyn Chapel, making stops at Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument, and Dunfermline Abbey (the burial place of Robert the Bruce). Other day tours to Rosslyn Chapel stick to historic sites in and around Scotland’s capital, such as the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Glenkinchie Distillery.

The modern, on-site visitor center at Rosslyn Chapel helps day-trippers decode the enigmatic carvings using interactive displays, as do the informative talks, which take place at the chapel several times daily.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Rosslyn Chapel is a must-see for history buffs and Dan Brown fans. 
  • Allow 1–2 hours for your visit.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the chapel itself. 
  • A café is located within the visitor center.
  • Most of the chapel, with the exception of the crypt, is accessible to wheelchair users. 

How to Get There
Rosslyn Chapel is in the Lothians, about a 30-minute drive south from Edinburgh city center. 
To get there by public transport, take the 37 Lothian bus (marked via Roslin) from Queensferry Street and get off at the Roslin Hotel stop. The chapel is a 2-minute walk from there. 

When to Get There
Rosslyn Chapel is open throughout the year. If you want to explore the grounds, go in summer when the weather is more likely to comply. Weekday mornings are especially peaceful. 

The Carvings at Rosslyn Chapel 
Rosslyn Chapel’s intricate carvings are the its star attraction, and have spurred many theories regarding their meaning. The carvings feature flowers and biblical scenes, tsymbols supposedly associated with the Freemasons and the Knights Templar, and mysterious native American plants that were made before Colombus’ discovery of the New World. Some posit that the Knights of Templar hid in parts of the chapel and that its vaults may hold the Holy Grail or even the body of Christ.

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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, null
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) and travel to the amazing and mysterious 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, across the historic Scotland/England ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.14
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 55 Reviews

This is the undisputed tour for history lovers. We journey through Scottish history stopping at Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle and finally Rosslyn Chapel ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $48.13
Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Visit Rosslyn Chapel and learn the truth about the Holy Grail on a "Da Vinci Code" tour to the Scottish Borders. You'll hear the true history of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.78
Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day ... 
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Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore the legends of Rosslyn Chapel and journey through the Scottish Lowlands on this borders tour. Discover Melrose Abbey, the fabled resting place of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.14
Shore Excursion: The Royal Military Tattoo, Edinburgh City Tour, Rosslyn Chapel Tour and Dinner ... 
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Shore Excursion: The Royal Military Tattoo, Edinburgh City Tour, Rosslyn Chapel Tour and Dinner from Edinburgh

Enjoy a packed 12-hour private shore excursion that takes in Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel, and the famed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy undivided ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $470.58
The Royal Military Tattoo, Edinburgh City Tour, Rosslyn Chapel Tour and Dinner from Edinburgh, ... 
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The Royal Military Tattoo, Edinburgh City Tour, Rosslyn Chapel Tour and Dinner from Edinburgh

See the Castle, dating back to the Iron Age, home of several Monarchs and to the Scottish Crown Jewels & Stone of Destiny. Take a drive down the Royal ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $470.58
Edinburgh City Centre Private Driving Tour including Edinburgh Castle & Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh, ... 
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Edinburgh City Centre Private Driving Tour including Edinburgh Castle & Rosslyn Chapel

You will be driven around Edinburgh in a traditional London taxi that can seat up to four people comfortably. This eight hour tour will include all of the most ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,009.34

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