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Chester Beatty Library

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' 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. 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This library is incredible! Excellent collections of beautiful manuscripts and books from around the world. I can't recommend a visit more highly, you won’t be disappointed. Also, there’s a really nice cafe on the ground floor.

Thank lurre_y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great free-admission exhibitions that show you just the right amount of items to keep you intrigued and with a well variety. I enjoyed every minute and highly recommend to visit. Note: photographs are not allowed (not even by smartphones)

Thank Dana A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chester Beatty was a 1920's industrialist who started collecting manuscripts before it became trendy, so he ended up collecting what has to be the best Religious Study books in the world. From Biblical Greek written on papyrus to beautifully illuminated Korans to some extremely rare...More

Thank ahendren
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was amazed to find this marvelous free collection in Dublin. It is located in a beautiful facility with a lovely courtyard right behind the Dublin Castle. There is a lovely cafe on the ground floor, two floors of permanent exhibits, and temporary exhibit space...More

Thank jef-ind
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chester Beatty Library is well worth the visit because of the amazing collection of ancient artifacts. The museum doesn't feel stuffy or cold like much larger museums. It has a more inviting feel, helped by the amazing staff who helped us figure out what...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The illuminated manuscripts collection is in a word awesome. However the Goya Exhibition of the 1812 Spanish-French War provided a memorable and highly educational experience on a par with the Prada Museum. Great luncheon menu by the way.

Thank Dr. Chuck Bauer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This relatively small, free art museum contains several collections of world art and literature, from the 20th century all the way to the beginnings of this era. The explanations of each piece are thorough and helped me understand each piece as a sample of the...More

Thank codavis937
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ancient papyrus, Irish portrait art and religious art collections are without equal. This museum is very similar to the Pierpont Morgan museum in NYC and it is mentioned on a placard. Photography is not permitted - great gift shop and cafe on first floor....More

Thank L K
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Its Free admission. house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The Library's collections are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions". exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Islamic, East Asian and Western...More

Thank Atif S
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Located on a garden just behind the Castle of Dublin, this is a very interesting museum containing beautiful manuscripts, paintings and books. The exhibition is really amazing and it makes you wonder how can such a thing be free. It's kind of a cliché -...More

Thank Ricardo F
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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