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Chester Beatty Library

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
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13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as 'not just the...

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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I went there after a tour of Dublin Castle, as it is know to be a excellent museum and I was not disappointed.I have been to many museums and this one is very organized and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there after a tour of Dublin Castle, as it is know to be a excellent museum and I was not disappointed.I have been to many museums and this one is very organized and visually pleasing.

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Athlone, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This institution which is part library part museum honours the memory of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty who was a collector extraordinaire who has left a legacy to Ireland which is unique. It is located in a beautiful location with the walled garden and the precincts of Dublin Castle to add to the atmosphere. It is always well worth a visit... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd never heard of Chester Beatty or the library, but somehow we ended up here. I was blown away. The collection is exquisite, but especially if you love manuscripts and books. There are manuscripts from just about every corner of the globe and every religion. The museum is beautifully laid out, and although it is not huge, there is so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressive private world class collection of books, manuscripts from all religions and non religious artifacts. A hidden gem worth and hour or two visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best little museum in Dublin, and free. The collection of ancient books and manuscripts is amazing and well worth a visit for an hour or two. There's also a great café and gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on a random day off work. The Chester Beatty Library is a museum of one of the largest private book collections in recent times. Mr Beatty managed to get some of the finest quality books around. He was particularly interested in Holy Books of all faiths, and the level of detail in some of the world's there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learnt so much by this visit. Based in the grounds of the Castle, this is free entry and there is so much to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely collection of all sorts of old manuscripts and scrolls - of particular significance, fragments from the ancient Egyptians are thought to be the second oldest records of the bible. A nice place to visit, particularly when raining!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is worth seeing, Enntry is free. Like other museums it is full of Irish history. Visit castle at the same time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The papyri written on hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the fragment of the Bible, the illustrated documents from all over the world. Scrumptious.

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