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Chester Beatty Library

| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, 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' 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.
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| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved it! This is a hidden gem in Dublin. This library holds the most wonderful collection on the beginnings of books. It goes right back to the ancient Egyptians. Fascinating! Then, to top it all, on the second floor, there is an exhibition on all...More

Thank lynnmurg
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had never heard of this library before but decided to check it out based on a recommendation in a Guidebook. What are gem. We spent hours there and could have spent more time because there's so much to take in period hard to believe...More

Thank Ashley F
Reviewed 5 days ago

I admit I needed some convincing. I mean, a library, who wants to see that? But it should really be called a museum. Your feet and back will probably get cry uncle before you see everything you want to see. It really is a remarkable...More

Thank Dale L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hidden away in a quiet corner at the rear of Dublin Castle this is well worth searching for. Great surroundings and lovely little garden where you can sit and let the world go by.

Thank Normski49
Reviewed 6 days ago

I spent a couple of days in Dublin simply to see the Vermeer Exhibition at the National Gallery before it transfers to Washington. Discovered there that there would be a lunchtime lecture on Johan Blau's maps which appear in some of the paintings by Vermeer...More

Thank derekmcl2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place to visit, & the restaurant/cafe is excellent. There's also a good (if small) gift shop. The space itself is worth taking time to walk through & enjoy. If you're staying in Dublin, it's worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the collection of old and rare books and scrolls. Could wander through the two floors at own leisure. Also gas a rooftop garden on top floor. Free admission with a suggested donation of 5 Euros. Just outside is grounds to Dublin Castle. This private...More

Thank Suz2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

the collections are not large but are all diamonds in scope and value .one of a kind items from all ages ,regions, faiths ,walking away ,you are humbled by history and value

Thank nugentmne
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love history then this place is a must see (not so much if you don't). The collection is vast, so much that you almost can't believe it's from one man. It's very heavy on Asian artifacts and manuscripts. I was particularly fascinated with...More

Thank rdwilliams44
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for something new to do during our long visit in Dublin. This was an unexpected gem and free. A rich American mining magnate, traveled the world and retired to Ireland. He donated his collection when he died. The sacred texts were amazing,...More

Thank Debra W
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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