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Chester Beatty Library

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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...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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You can spend as much time as you want with the wonderful manuscripts in this library. (NO photos.) Better place to see the riches of the past than at the Book Of Kells. Place also has a wonderful caffe, The Silk Road.

Thank Marguerite a
Reviewed 2 days ago

There is an amazing collection of old and important books here. Chester must have been a fascinating man - such a gift to collect, curate and gift these treasures

Thank lesshaze
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a delightful surprise this museum was for us. It was recommended as an alternative to the Book of Kells exhibit for a study of illuminated manuscripts of the middle ages, but so much more! It is a large collection spanning the very beginning of...More

Thank J G
Reviewed 3 days ago

The highlight of my Dublin stay as it contains so many beautiful ancient books from China, India, Persia and elsewhere. I couldn't believe that this is a free attraction. Everything is beautifully displayed and explained.

Thank bluestraveler4444
Reviewed 6 days ago

This collection is simply amazing for both the range of documents and the exceptional quality of the ancient books, scrolls, manuscripts and other artifacts on display. Frankly, the Trinity Library display (with only 3 books) is pale by comparison with the dozens of beautiful books...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chester Beatty Library behind the Dublin Castle is a hidden treasure. You can skip the long lines and pricey admission fee of the Book of Kells and instead see ancient manuscripts at the Chester Beatty Library along with plenty of other fascinating exhibits. The...More

Thank Joanne-and-Lee
Reviewed 1 week ago

You could easily pass several hours here as there are an astounding number of books to see and other exhibits. It is truly educational, an outstanding collection of books to view. Can not recommend it enough and there is a very reasonably priced cafe as...More

Thank Jenny L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thankful to Chester Beatty for donating his vast collection of ancient documents and books. Well laid out museum/library. Amazing.

Thank jfranji
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Library is located behind Dublin Caste, and holds a superb collection of rare books Well worth including on your visit to the city

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Chester Beatty made his fortune in mining and then devoted his life to collecting ancient books and artifacts, especially those that pertained to religion. The collection has on display works that are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, Zen, and I'm probably forgetting something. The...More

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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