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Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, 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. 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
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

It's a nice way to spend an hour roaming through the exhibits learning about this wonderful book collector!

Thank SXM
Reviewed 9 October 2012

came across this when visiting Dublin Castle - free entry - very interesting if you are keen on old documents and illustrated manuscripts from the year dot, and from all over the world. Amazingly the museum/library was based on the private collection of a former...More

Thank Cobhgirl
Reviewed 8 October 2012

Unusual collection of Asian books and religious history. Art collection and books. Extremely good cafe with lovely choice and particularly good for Coeliacs & gluten free foods.

Thank deniseanddoug
Reviewed 8 October 2012

If you're visiting Dublin, then take an hour or two to visit this serene little place. The collection on display can lead to some sensory overload, just like many attractions like this around the world. It's located in the grounds of Dublin Castle (worth seeing...More

Thank MontyMullan
Reviewed 7 October 2012

After the disappointment of the Book of Kells display this was a wonderfully relaxing trip around many exhibitions on a lot of different religions and faiths , not being very religious I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did and we spent...More

Thank Torkm68
Reviewed 6 October 2012

This extraordinary collection of artistic treasures from all major world religions is worth a good chunk of your time in Dublin. It's like The Book of Kells x 1000!

Thank artichokeannie
Reviewed 5 October 2012

Fantastic collection of Asian items, religious book and various other items. Sometimes they have a special exhibition. Definitely worth seeing. All for free in rather cool climatised rooms to preserve exhibits.

1  Thank DanielF1974
Reviewed 30 September 2012

A beautiful collection of just about everything old. They had many old copies of Biblical text in several religions. It also included painting and sculptures. If the Book of Kells is busy, you can come here and see more.

1  Thank Firefly1423
Reviewed 28 September 2012

Fantastic exhibit on book arts and on major religions. We didn't even have time to see the last exhibit of paintings, but I imagine they are just as marvelous. The gift shop is perfect.

Thank Jacqueline M
Reviewed 28 September 2012

Perhaps only the Matenadaran (a book depository), in Armenia has a better collection of old manuscripts but the Chester Beatty has free access, Three wonderful floors of rare manuscripts and illustrations a freindly staff and a great Cafe and bookshop. Only difficulty is finding it....More

Thank robinbwatts
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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