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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 22 October 2017

Stumbled across this after visiting Dublin Castle, found it more interesting. Wasn’t to crowded either.

Thank Jackie M
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Nice gallery! The collection of Mr Chester is admirable and it is very well presented to visitors. I especially adore the collection of Japanese woodblocks and books. The exhibition about religions is also nice - informative and interactive (story of Buddha life). I definitely recommended!...More

Thank Lenka C
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Dropped in here for a quick visit - didn't do it justice and will return soon. There is a beautiful restaurant in the Chester Beatty Library called The Silk Road. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. Delicious and reasonable.

Thank IrishA
Reviewed 18 October 2017

If you liked seeing the BOOK OF KELLS, you'll love this library. I was amazed at the number of fascinating manuscripts found here. My favorite were the jade books - simply wonderful!

Thank disappointed96
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Chester Beatty was a rich American who had the most amazing collection of books and artifacts and we are now all the lucky recipients of his passion. There are truly one of a kind ancient items on display here and my husband and I learned...More

Thank KristaM203
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is a nice little museum full of fascinating old books and manuscripts. We learned a lot about the relationship different cultures had with books.

Thank evelyn888891
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

A must see over the Book of Kells. Amazing collection from such a diverse cross section of religions and backgrounds. Not to mention some of the oldest books of the gospel dating to 120ad. Only ones older are the Dead Sea Scrolls! Just and outstanding...More

Thank Kellyn H
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Interesting museum on Chester Beattys book collection. Not very big but nicely laid out to stroll through. An interesting area to visit even if you dont go into the museum.

Thank alplan
Reviewed 14 October 2017

One of the highlights of my visit to Dublin was to the Chester Beatty Library in the grounds of Dublin Castle. It is home to the amazing collection of one man, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. How it came to be in Dublin is another fascinating...More

1  Thank WanderingPriest
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Free entry and very interesting to spend a couple go hours here, lovely space and exhibits. Nice cafe too on the ground floor.

Thank BernieD610
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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