Rosslyn Castle © Steve Brown
Made famous by the conclusion of the exciting novel (later turned movie) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, this 15th-century Gothic church has become a touristic place of pilgrimage, just six miles (10km) south of Edinburgh's city centre. Known among the clergy as the 'Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew', the church was founded in 1446 and features the famous Apprentice Pillar, and remains a working church with regular services on Sundays. Rosslyn Chapel is a beautiful place of worship and boasts a wealth of sculptures and interesting Gothic features. Regular introductory talks on the history of the chapel are given by guides throughout the day, which are free of charge and can be attended by anybody who has paid admission. These talks are conducted almost upon the hour from Monday to Saturday, and at 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm on Sundays. No photography or video is allowed inside the chapel, but there are no restrictions on photography of the exterior of the building. There is a lovely coffee shop stocked with fresh produce and baked goods from the community in the new visitor centre, with great views over the grounds, and a small shop selling souvenirs.
Address: Rosilin, Midlothian
Telephone: (0)131 440 2159
Transport: Lothian bus 15 (not 15A) from Edinburgh
Opening times: Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm, and on Sunday 12pm to 4.45pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Admission: £9 (adults), £7 (concessions). Free for accompanied children under 18 years of age.