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Chester Beatty Library

| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 407 0750
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With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as 'not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe,' the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year' and rated consistently in the top 6 of TripAdvisor's list of 'Top things to do in Dublin', the library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed yesterday

This is definitely well worth a visit if you like architecture (Dublin Castle) and interesting history. The collection (original religions of the world memorabilia) housed on the second floor of this library is mind blowing - so much so that we literally had to tear...More

Thank Jacky_Humphries
Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed browsing the old books and manuscripts including the Bible. The highlight was a trip to the roof for the meditation garden overlooking Dublin. Peaceful and relaxing

Thank davechardon
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband put this museum on our itinerary and I was skeptical. It ended up being very interesting and informative. The museum cafe,the Silk Road Cafe, was excellent, giving us the best meal we've had in Ireland so far! Don't miss it!

Thank Ruth W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Only open Monday / Friday. Best museum in Europe. Artifacts amazing . Its Free and its brilliant . Its in Dublin Castle. Go early then have a few in Temple Bar across the way

Thank bowdenkeith
Reviewed 2 days ago

Chester Beatty amassed one of the largest private libraries and this facility houses most of it and presents it in a very educational and interesting manner. Copies of letters, manuscripts, wood carvings etc cover a broad range of topics and date back as much as...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to see the collection of religious manuscripts and were not disappointed. Very well laid out and easy to see with an impressive collection. Chester Beatty dedicated much of his life to locating these incredible manuscripts and books. The Greek text on papyrus from...More

Thank acemedsec
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was easily our favorite museum/exhibit in Dublin, far better than the Book of Kells, where you get shuffled past the Book of Kells and given little time to really look at it. The Chester Beatty collection includes rare books and scrolls from numerous religious...More

Thank kuznitz2
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We usually skip museums but be came upon his one upon exiting Dublin Castle and they have a wonderful Japanese woodblock print exhibit currently underway. We met a very knowledgeable guide (and guard) and learned about how the collection came together and about some of...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 5 days ago

An absolute must-see when in Dublin! Was lucky enough to get a tour (booked by the conference I was attending, not sure what tours are normally offered) from a guide who was both very knowledgable and a great storyteller. Collections contains for example very old...More

Thank Bibliotekarien
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delightful Collection of manuscripts, books and illustrations. I you like to see beautiful objects created by gifted people, well displayed, this is one of the best you'll find. Note: it's embedded within Dublin Castle, so you'll need to check a map to find it.

Thank FuzzyDunlopez
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goodlucy
we can not find the exact website to book the "print at home" advance tickets for Dublin Castle, they are all tours, 2 and half hours tours with something else combined. Any info on how to book the tickets?
7 August 2015|
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Response from Mary D | Property representative |
Dear goodlucy, thank you very much for your message. There is no admission fee or booking required for the Chester Beatty Library. We look forward to seeing you in the museum and we hope that you enjoy your visit. Here is... More
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