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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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+353 1 407 0750
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

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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The quality and content of the Chester Beatty Library are remarkable. This is one place an entire family could enjoy spending a few hours. The histroy behind their collections... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2009
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2009

The quality and content of the Chester Beatty Library are remarkable. This is one place an entire family could enjoy spending a few hours. The histroy behind their collections is astounding. This is the one must visit place in Dublin.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2008

It is a very informative and fascinating exhibition including elements from many civilizations and giving a brief history of the printing technology along with extraordinary exhibits. It is a great opportunity for someone to get a feeling of ancient civilizations such as China and India.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2008

This is wonderful, hidden gem in the old clock tower building behing Dublin Castle that has been modernized into a great museum/library housing the collection of Chester Beatty. On one floor are ancient artifacts, books, scolls of all the major religions, going into the history and explanation of the religious beliefs. There are parts of bibles from 250 AD. On... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2008

I have never seen anything like this in any of the big cities in the States. This man's collection of Eastern art is trememdous. We learned so much by spending time here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2007

Don't miss this museum. It's so nice. The exhibits and lectures are unique, and the setting is phenominal. The garden for Dublin Castle is right next door. Beautiful. p.s. the cafeteria at Chester Beatty is excellent.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2005

If you are coming to Dublin and are even vaguely interested in museums, definitely make your way to this place. It's accessible through the entrance to Dublin Castle on Dame Street. If you continue past the courtyard of the Castle, round the back of the old Tower you will see the serene and pleasant gardens of Dublin Castle. Beside this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2005

The Chester Beatty Library, situated on the grounds of Dublin Castle, is by far the best museum in the capital. It houses and displays a staggering amount of beautifully illustrated books and manuscripts, some fragments of biblical text dating back to the 2nd Century. Perhaps what's most special about the museum is the interweaving and parity of esteem given to... More 

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