Britain’s Churches: The Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Britain’s Churches have a long history, some even more than 1000 years. No wonder there are so many myths and legends told about Britain’s historic churches, cathedrals and abbeys.


This week’s blog will tell you more about The Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin.

The Rosslyn Chapel is situated in Roslin, seven miles from Edinburgh. It was founded in 1446 and is a very popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The Chapel’s popularity has increased tremendously since the publication of the novel The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, which it featured in.

William St. Clair, third prince of Orkney, began building the Chapel in 1446. The Chapel’s remarkable carvings and architecture have inspired generations! The Chapel is still family-owned and the current owner, the Earl of Rosslyn, is a Trustee of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust which oversees public access and ensures the Chapel is cared for and maintained. To find out more about The Rosslyn Chapel, click here to view the official website.

The Chapel is open daily from Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 18:00, and Sunday from 12:00 to 16:45. There are guided tours throughout the day and these are included within the admission price. Before visiting, check the up-to-date times here.

Finally, The Rosslyn Chapel is easily accessible by car, bike, and bus or even on foot.

Maximise your holiday experience by staying at one of our gorgeous Edinburgh Best Loved hotels, as Roslin is only seven miles away from the beautiful capital city. The Holyrood ApartHotel is spacious, modern and right in the middle of Edinburgh’s Old Town! These luxurious and stylish apartments combine the privacy and sense of freedom of your own home with all the services and facilities of a 4-star hotel. Staying at The Knight Residence is just like being at home, if your home had the facilities of a top class hotel and a concierge service! You could also choose to stay at Channings, which is situated in the cobbled streets of ‘old’ Edinburgh. This four-star hotel provides country-style ambience and pace within the centre of a vibrant, thriving city. And lastly, you could choose to stay at The Howard which provides guests with the most up-to-the-minute facilities and is situated in the perfect location in Edinburgh’s New Town.

Rosslyn Chapel exterior image by Allison Stein, Rosslyn stained glass image by rovingl, Rosslyn statues image by Kristian Dela Cour and Rosslyn Faith image by Son of Groucho