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Chester Beatty

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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 is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum...more
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 August 2005

The Chester Beatty Library, situated on the grounds of Dublin Castle, is by far the best museum in the capital. It houses and displays a staggering amount of beautifully illustrated books and manuscripts, some fragments of biblical text dating back to the 2nd Century. Perhaps...More

12  Thank Navigate3294
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 September 2012

This is called a library but in my opinion it should be called a museum of scriptures. It is found within the grounds of Dublin Castle. The grounds outside are very nice and it is worth sometime sitting there and enjoying the view. I cannot...More

3  Thank filthiestfish
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Reviewed today

Love this place, always something interesting to see. Would highly recommend it. Nice little coffee shop and gift shop too.

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Reviewed yesterday

While I was previously personally unaware of this person or place, it was found to be absolutely enthralling. An incredible collection by a single person of the history of so many different faiths and religions. Do not miss this place.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent a solid two hours in this place and could have spent another two very easily. An absolute wealth of information and fascinating materials. Highly highly recommend and will definitely go there again

Thank 315rogerg
Reviewed 3 days ago

Chester Beatty Collection is one of the biggest surprises of Dublin. The free collection of the Beatty offers countless of Eastern art pieces and more than 240 Qurans including one of the first ones ever written. The entry is free however I would not hesitate...More

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed 4 days ago

Totally worth popping in for even 30 minutes - there is an amazing collection to view and it's all free! They also have a great cafe on the ground floor.

Thank Kimberly F
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stumbled on this accidentally at the end of our walking tour and it was such a bonus! So many great things to see. The cafe is worth the trip too!

Thank Paul Y
Reviewed 6 days ago

This wonderful museum is a must. It is right there at Dublin Castle, and is free to the public. Beatty's collection of Asian art is beyond anything I've seen as a private collection. The garden on the fourth floor is a great way to just...More

Thank Thomas F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated within the Dublin Castle grounds, this amazing place holds great treasures from Asia, the Middle East, north Africa and Europe. Chester Beatty bought only the finest manuscripts, prints, drawings, rare books, miniature paintings and decorative arts and you will find them here in 3...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is supposed to be a wonderful place to visit, but we planned seeing it Monday morning before we left Dublin-and it was closed. Didn't see this anywhere online or in the guidebooks. Really not their fault, but consistent hours throughout the year would be...More

Thank SeanO894
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum with manuscripts from all different cultures. The admission is free and there is a suggested donation.

Thank Jon D
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Maura R
15 January 2018|
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Response from TimK3497 | Property representative |
Unfortunately there is not external visitor parking at Dublin Castle. There are a good number of sites to park in central Dublin within walking distance of the museum.
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