Rosslyn Chapel set to reopen to visitors on 15 July
Rosslyn Chapel is set to reopen its doors to visitors on Wednesday 15 July, following the latest advice from the Scottish Government.
The medieval Chapel, in Midlothian, closed to visitors on 18 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will reopen with reduced visitor numbers, as part of the safety measures being introduced, and all tickets will have to be bought online in advance of the visit. The first tickets will be available to purchase on Friday 10 July.
Visitors are set to have a unique experience when Rosslyn Chapel reopens to visitors on Wednesday 15 July. As part of the new safety measures introduced, visitor numbers will be greatly restricted, with a maximum of 150 people per day initially able to visit.
Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: ‘We are all delighted to be in a position to welcome visitors back to enjoy Rosslyn Chapel from 15 July. In reopening, the safety of our staff and visitors is our priority and so, as well as enhanced cleaning and physical distancing, our visitor numbers will be limited every day and advance online booking is essential. We will have set timeslots throughout the day, carefully limiting numbers, initially with just 30 visitors per timeslot. This will provide a unique experience as, in a typical July, we would expect to welcome around 800 visitors throughout the day. Each timeslot will give visitors an hour and a half to enjoy the architecture and stone carvings, inside and outside, and learn more about this unique building at a leisurely pace. I am delighted that Rosslyn Chapel will be among the first attractions in Scotland to reopen and, as Rosslyn Chapel Trust is a recognised charity, every visit will support our conservation work. Full details about our visitor experience and booking can be found on our website, www.rosslynchapel.com – we look forward to welcoming our visitors back.’
Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair. The beauty of its setting, in rural Midlothian, and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired, attracted and intrigued visitors for generations. The Chapel rose to worldwide fame when it was included in Dan Brown’s book The da Vinci Code and featured in the subsequent film. The Chapel was named ‘Best Heritage Tourism Experience’ at the Regional Finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards last year.
Rosslyn Chapel Trust is a charity registered in Scotland number SC024324 which depends on income from visitors, donations and legacies to conserve the Chapel for future generations
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