Rosslyn Chapel’s new centre opens to public

An historic 15th century church has had a 21st century makeover.

Last month, the visitor centre opened at the Rosslyn Chapel – part of the church’s £10 million conservation and interpretation project.

Rosslyn Chapel Trust director Colin Glynne-Percy said the first visitors to the new centre had been “extremely enthusiastic”, taking the opportunity to use the interactive displays and audio-visuals attractions, including listening hoods, where visitors can hear a selection of Rosslyn riddles.

There is also a touch-screen facility where visitors can explore some of chapel’s carvings. Both services are available in six languages.

Mr Glynne-Percy said: “There is much more for the visitor to do rather than just look at the interpretation boards around the walls. For the junior members, there is brass rubbing and even an opportunity to build your own arch using big foam blocks.”

Visitor numbers to the chapel remain as high as previous years, despite an expected downturn once the Da Vinci Code interest has worn off.

“It is encouraging that visitor numbers are holding up well and that now with the new visitor centre, we are able to offer them a truly world-class experience to go along with the world-class Rosslyn Chapel,” he added.