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Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
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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. Winter Hours: The Museum will be closed on Mondays from November through February
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  • Average3%
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Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
South City Centre
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"amazing collection"
in 153 reviews
"grounds of dublin castle"
in 78 reviews
"silk road cafe"
in 61 reviews
"religious texts"
in 59 reviews
"illuminated manuscripts"
in 81 reviews
"world religions"
in 44 reviews
"roof garden"
in 43 reviews
"private collection"
in 42 reviews
"major religions"
in 39 reviews
"beautiful books"
in 39 reviews
"asian art"
in 38 reviews
"different cultures"
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"on display"
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"new testament"
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"free museum"
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"book lovers"
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"small museum"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This collection of books from all over the world is simply stunning. The books are gorgeous and the exhibit contains so much information about cultures and religions from all over as seen through their books and illustrations. All this and it's free!

Thank Erica B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This gem is right next to Dublin Castle and is well worth a visit. Admission is free and you get to view historic religious books that are just beautiful. And if you go all the way to the top, there's a small garden area with...More

Thank Erica M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Love this library with all the artefacts and amazing manuscripts. So wonderful to see the beautiful ancient art.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This library isn't allowed to take photo but still a must visit. They have collections of antiques that worth to see once in life. They have cafe and rooftop garden to sit and relax. Free admission.

Thank Pawit R
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Being free to the public that already gives my respect to the Irish, it’s absolutely astonishing what you can see and learn from the place. The doorman/receptionist(?) was extremely polite and helpful as well. All and all super duper worth it from an educational point...More

Thank Linos T
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Was told by a guide at Trinity College that we had to visit this library and we were delighted. A truly great collection of antiquarian manuscripts and artefacts. Boy did we wish we had more time than the 1.5 hours before closing that we arrived,...More

Thank muesik
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This wonderful collection of Islamic artefacts is housed in a wonderful house within the grounds of Dublin Castle. It’s free admission and there is also a lovely cafe and gift shop. Spend some time in the adjoining gardens which are a little oasis of calmness...More

Thank DublinWelcomesAll
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Marvellous collection of ancient documents - far more exciting than it sounds or even reads in the guidebooks even though it features highly. Have to mention how enthusiastic and helpful, friendly and welcoming the security / guy on reception was - energised our visit -...More

Thank Scubasailor
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chester Beatty Library is hidden away in the depths of Dublin Castle, in front is a lovely sheltered park with benches where you can sit on sunny days. The library itself itself houses the extraordinary collection of oriental books and manuscripts collected by Sir...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

New York, London or Paris would kill to have the collection of middle eastern and oriental art and books to be found in the Chester Beatty Library. It also boasts the best middle eastern 'cafeteria' style restaurant called The Silk Road. At a time of...More

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Maura R
15 January 2018|
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Response from Tim K | Property representative |
Unfortunately there is not external visitor parking at Dublin Castle. There are a good number of sites to park in central Dublin within walking distance of the museum.
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goodlucy
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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