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Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, 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', 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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Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
South City Centre
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"amazing collection"
in 156 reviews
"grounds of dublin castle"
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"world religions"
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"silk road cafe"
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"religious texts"
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"illuminated manuscripts"
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"on display"
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"ancient books"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I saw pictures online of th beautiful library... only to find out that that space is only for researchers at specific hours. The exhibits were still impressive, especially the fragments of the first bound book of all 4 gospels and Acts, and some illuminated manuscripts....More

Thank Sara P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was overwhelmed not only with the works themselves, but also with the display of the collection. Give yourself at least an hour, more if possible, and take your time. This was my favorite experience in Dublin, hands down.

Thank Jake A
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Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the reasons of my visit. Read about the man, his life and his collection. I guess I did this review already.

Thank Victoria Q
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is in the heart of Dublin's city centre, but it's somewhat easy to miss because it's tucked behind a wall and in back of a garden that is behind Dublin Castle. It's well worth a visit, though. I was pleasantly surprised by the...More

Thank Walter W
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Free entry: yeah! Great exhibits! Shelter from the storm! nice quaint cafe on the entrance! Artifacts from every religion and different book binding techniques

Thank elm0sh
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you like old religious books, this is the place to go. There are texts from many different faiths that are beautifully displayed in this museum. It is conveniently located in the courtyard of Dublin Castle. The pieces that I found intriguing were collections of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

After the Dublin Castle, take a stop into the Cheseter Beatty Library, which is less library and more museum of books. They have an impressive array of tests from Asia and the Middle East, as well as books from Western Europe. There are free guided...More

Thank Clarissa I
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful collected by Mr. Beatty. Unfortunately, a lot on the black market! Great introduction to religions by looking at items collected. Some of Paul’s letters were absolutely amazing.

Thank blhuber
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When we entered, we were expecting to see an old library. Once inside, we saw that it was a modern exposition of old literature. There's a lot of information about different religions and old manuscripts. It is one of the few free activities and they...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was blown away by this collection. Paparus scrolls from ancient egypt, early christian texts, great islamic books and texts. Also free! Well worth a visit.

Thank Julie C
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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
6 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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