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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
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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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Overwhelmed by history

I learned so much about the history of books. All the displays were very well presented and I particularly liked the timeline of print.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned so much about the history of books. All the displays were very well presented and I particularly liked the timeline of print.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner wanted to visit this library and although it wasnt what she expected, the items on display are very good and there are informative videos to aid the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

ı have never seen a great collection like this on oriental pieces of art, book and precious objects. Mr Albert Cheaster Beatty was a extraordinary man whom vision made something extraordinary. This is the Chester Beatty library in the Castle of Dublin which is an also lovely place to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

You need at least half a day to spend here. Very good content and presentation. A fabulous collection of rare and old manuscripts and paintings. It is a pity that you cannot seems much as you could in the original museum out in Ballsbridge.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a cross between a library and a museum with absolute gems from Chester Beatty's collection of books and objects from the East. It is located in the grounds of Dublin Castle so a very central location. There is no entrance fee and you can also enjoy the adjoining garden. Tours are given during the week in different languages... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The Chester Beatty Library is hidden behind Dublin Castle. There is no admission, it's a free visit! Not only books or manuscripts but nice artefacts like icons etc. Nice cafe onsite too. All set in lovely grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This place was fascinating, more of a museum of books than library but worth every hour we spent there. It dusted off my appreciation for the birth of the written word and literature. I never realized how beautiful these pieces would be. We loved it!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Whilst on our trip to Dublin we stumbled across The Chester Beatty Museum hidden in the back of Dublin Castle. What a find. Entrance is free. The museum exhibits manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections. The books/art on display are on par with The Book Of Kells,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Tucked away in the garden of Dublin Castle is the Chester Beatty Library. It contains a fine collection of manuscripts, calligraphy, and art pieces from around the world which are beautifully displayed. The second floor is dedicated to the sacred religions of the world. Audio-visual guides are available. The museum is open daily except for public holidays (10-5:30 weekdays, Sat.... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

A must see collection of islamic and oriental art well displayed and explained in the historic surroundings of Dublin Castle

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