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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Where to begin? The best museum/gallery I’ve visited, anywhere. In Dublin. Free. The finest collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts outside the Middle East. Some of the oldest Christian papyri. An Egyptian Book of the Dead. Fine examples of art from all over Asia, the Middle...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Notmyrealname32
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were running late and could only stay a half hour. I’m sad we couldn’t stay longer! It was so cool. I loved all the exhibits and was sad I didn’t get to appreciate it as much as I would have.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jaclynl454
Reviewed 1 week ago

A superb collection of books, binding arts and other beautiful artefacts about book history and a lovely way to know better different cultures around the world.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CasaviejaMonica
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful collection in a fantastic setting, the Garden in Dublin Castle drew us in and then we found the Chester Beatty Library. The items on display were mind blowing both in their individual quality and the breath of the collection on display. Worth a visit,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank cornishman_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were thrilled to see the amazing exhibits on world religions at this location. It might be a bit overwhelming or repetitive to some, but seeing the original objects was inspiring.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank melfriedo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This free museum is a treasure trove of artful manuscripts. it is fascinating and enlightening. Well worth a 45 minute stop. The gift shop also has some of the more unusual items.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SaraMun635
Reviewed 1 week ago

Within the Chester Beatty Library you will find a collection of art, scripts, books, and writings all beautiful encased behind glass for your viewing pleasure. Islamic Texts, Ancient Christian Writings, Japanese Arts, and so much more. Definitely worth a visit if you're into art and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must-see in Dublin. The library had the best collection of ancient texts and objects I've ever seen. I could imagine it wouldn't be that interesting for young children, but any history buff (or anyone with even a remote interest in history) should...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank supercraw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll be amazed at how much one man could collect in one lifetime, across a breadth of cultures and continents. If you have a real interest in religion this is a must. We didn't pay to see the book of Kells, but this museum was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dave B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks to Chester Beatty for collecting these magnificent ancient manuscripts. It's reassuring to know these volumes have a home considering the state of the world and the fact that many have been destroyed.

Date of experience: January 2019
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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