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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 13 October 2017

This is a good place to stop for a quick peek into history. There are many illustrated books (sort of like an art museum, but with books). It isn't large (2 smallish floors), so it can be covered in an hour or two.It is located...More

Thank CaptnGphs
Reviewed 12 October 2017

My wife and I visited here during our short stay in the Dublin area. The "library" hosted quite an impressive collection of historical artifacts and information. I will quickly call out the security/host I met at the door. His name is Jesse, and he was...More

Thank Matt M
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We went in here only because it was covered by the Heritage Pass. It turned out to be extremely interesting and we were glad we found it. I've never seen books and papers like these....so ancient and so well preserved. They were amazing. Very well-presented....More

Thank abcTexas
Reviewed 12 October 2017

One of our taxi drivers told us about this lovely little library hidden off to the side past the gardens of Dublin Castle. No food or drink is permitted in the galleries, but they are FREE to enjoy. The collection itself is over a few...More

Thank Momnipresent
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Don't miss it if you can. It's a great little gem to visit. I wish we had spent more time here. Hope to come back one day.

Thank DoubleShot_NZ
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

This was the most unexpected and greatest surprise of all. The collections were just mesmerizing in detail and dedication to make and conserve. For book lovers it's definitely a must. And for general public something to let yourself be surprised.

Thank Paloma M
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Glad I happened upon this collection, because it gave me the kind of experience that I had hoped for from the Book of Kells exhibit, but didn't find there. The Beatty has beautiful manuscripts from around the world covering the different religions and cultures of...More

Thank nannyb222
Reviewed 11 October 2017

I was not feeling well when I visited the library but appreciated the exhibits and would recommend a visit. It is a lovely clean building and there's a great little gift shop and cafe on the main floor. BE warned no food or drink or...More

Thank paula s
Reviewed 9 October 2017

If you like old books, you need to visit here. There are three exhibits of old manuscripts, some illuminated. Wonderful exhibit.

Thank vmcallister
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This is an amazing site, so educational and well laid out, in a lovely setting just behind Dublin Castle. Likely the best free attraction in Dublin.

Thank SandJ2011
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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