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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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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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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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We had extra time so we decided to stop by this museum and I was so glad we did. The collection of ancient books is exquisite. It was so interesting to see books from all over the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We had extra time so we decided to stop by this museum and I was so glad we did. The collection of ancient books is exquisite. It was so interesting to see books from all over the world from ancient times. It is fascinating how books evolved differently depending on where they were written and illustrated. The museum is well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Many people come to Dublin to see the Book of Kells and stand in queue to see a wonderful page of the book. The Beatty on the other hand holds some real gems of illuminated manuscripts, biblical papyri, ancient Egyptian and Roman papyri, etc. The Islamic collections are stunningly beautiful - illuminated pages, books, seals, etc. The Asian collection spans... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

There was not really anyone to great us upon our arrival and the café food I didn't think was all that nice it maybe because I didn't like what was on offer. It was an interesting place but the layout of it seemed dark and that is why I think its dull.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Don't miss the exquisite Chinese robes and lacquer wares. A lovely gallery, in an interesting building with a rooftop garden offering great views over the city. Temporary exhibition, permanent galleries with fine works from across Asia. On the ground floor, a lovely shop and café.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

This isn't the most obvious thing to do in Dublin and it isn't heavily publicised - perhaps because it's free of charge. But, after coming across it by accident, it rates as one of my favourite places in Dublin and I would urge you to go. Why? The Chester Beatty Library has a vast range of written artefacts, from 2000... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

I always go in here to visit the Beatty exhibition - I still remember the first time that I came and the glorious books, the love with which the collection had been put together is stunning. Breathtaking pieces here - and I don't remember in such a small place seeing Egyptian heiroglyphics, Japenese and Chinese Scrolls, Qurans from around the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This was a nice short stop. The displays were very nice and you could pick and choose at your own pace what to see. My son is a book lover so this was perfect for him . I was amazed at the detail some of the pieces had. Nice historical perspective included for all that were interested.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

IT was nice to see how it was "back in the days" of 20th century. Tough, nothing special for me... Guides were well informed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is less a library and more a museum of a great collection of books. As an ardent bibliophile, I enjoyed it immensely, not just in terms of the exhibits, but how much I learned. The curators have done a great job of putting at least part of Beatty's collection, some of it dating back many hundreds of years, in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Finding it was a bit of a challenge, going through Dublin's Castle gardens. Really enjoyed walking through the exhibits and admiring very early manuscripts of all religions. Beautifully displayed. Free entrance.

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