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.
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 6pm (1 April to 30 September), and 9.30am to 5pm (1 October to 31 March). Open on Sundays all year round from 12pm to 4.45pm
Admission: £8.75 (adults), Free for accompanied children under 16 years of age