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Chester Beatty Library

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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', 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"
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"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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"rooftop garden"
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"asian art"
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"on display"
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"ancient books"
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an absolutely stunning collection of rare manuscripts and books, miniature paintings, prints, drawings and decorative arts, beautifully displayed in a modern and well-designed building next to Dublin castle. Of course you will expect to see fine European illuminated medieval manuscripts presented here. However,...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sublime One of the worlds finest collection of manuscripts and Middle Eastern art The quality of the collection is unrivalled.

Thank Niall D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one of those brilliant museums that has a modest collection of really high quality artefacts. From Bible extracts on papyrus from 150AD through beautiful illuminated manuscripts from all religions. A terrific summary of the history of the written/printed word. Item descriptions are concise...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a slightly quirky museum, not too big but with amazing treasures inside. The Temporary Exhibition: Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours were absolutely amazing. Such fine work. Gotta see them. Chester Beatty was an interesting man.

Thank skilakimou
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It’s not huge but it is just packed with things to look at. From Arabic writing to Japanese woodblock prints to heavily embroidered kimonos. The detail is amazing. And it’s free -though it’s only fair to leave a donation.

Thank Oona R
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Reviewed 6 days ago

As I couldn't see everything on my first visit, a "must go back" was decided for my last morning in Dublin. If you are interested in History and loves to read the curiosities and facts about the collection items, you will love this place just...More

Thank Maria Eugênia R
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We really enjoyed the collection of rare books, manuscripts, drawings and more. Staff were very informative, pointing out some of the more important pieces.

Thank jalohauzy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The identity as "library" may turn you off but this is a great find and one of a kind. It is unique and well worth a visit but a bit much for children.

Thank John H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibition was of Art and Artifacts of different religions. It was extremely interesting and as the exhibition was free and we had a Dublin Pass, we were given a postcard and a huge book on Islamic art!

Thank woodie49
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As all the reviews say, a great place if you like books and the like. Small but with a lot in it, not crowded, and some beautiful art to enjoy. I feel I saw the same quality of Book of Kells-type art, without the crowds,...More

Thank paulspl
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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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