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Chester Beatty

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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 is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum...more
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Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chester Beatty is a hidden gem near Dublin City Centre where you can find refuge from the frenetic pace of the city. It is part of Dublin Castle campus which includes beautiful gardens one of which is on the roof of the Library. The art...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank carmeljtwhite
Reviewed 1 week ago

On this library, there is an exhibition of very old religious books (bible, koran,...). Even though, they are highly conserved so you can see the beauty of the colors and details. Amazing artwork!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank patricia f
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits were very interesting, all behind glass and no pictures allowed. If you appreciate history, you will want to heck this place out.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 1xtripper
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a personal collection of (mainly) Islamic and oriental calligraphy, art and manuscripts, and contains many artefacts of great beauty and rarity. The collection is well displayed and informatively labelled. My only problem is that the low lighting - which I fully understand is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Rosalie K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place! I was blown away by how many well kept old books and treasures this place has. My timing wasn’t planned very well, so I didn’t get to see the 2nd floor too much, but the first floor of books from all...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bluerose979
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This free museum can be found at the Dublin Castle. It contains an amazing collection of historical scripts. We had so much fun going through the collection as it was celebrating its 50th year as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NextStopBlog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How has it taken me so long to finally get to the Chester Beatty. I am a bibliophile and so this place was chock full of gems for me. Illustrated manuscripts, ancient scrolls and papyrus, not just rare books but once off treasures (think of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always have something interesting going on with a great range of displays and unique exhibitions. Well worth a visit by everyone.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Doie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know why I didn't see this advertised more when I was looking up activities in Dublin but it truly was one of the most enjoyable stops on my trip to Dublin. The collection of ancient religious texts and objects was the highlight. Being...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dbailey15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazingly beautiful books, informative signs, helpful layout; what a wonderful place to wander and ponder. Warmly recommended to anyone who likes beautiful books.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Maura R
15 January 2018|
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Response from TimK3497 | 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.
6 August 2015|
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