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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
Phone Number: +353 1 407 0750
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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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Fascinating but not for everyone.

We enjoyed our visit here but probably not of interest to everyone. The museum is well laid out with some wonderful books, writings and illustrations and with excellent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Newbury, Berkshire.
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Newbury, Berkshire.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here but probably not of interest to everyone. The museum is well laid out with some wonderful books, writings and illustrations and with excellent information panels to guide you through the history of the written/printed word. Don't miss the consoles with the videos - very clear and informative.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fascinating collection! If you are a fan of illuminated manuscripts as I am, you would be sorry to miss this Library.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No visit to Dublin is complete if you miss this outstanding cultural experiencde , rare books , manuscripts, prints , drawings will blow your minds.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned about this library/museum on our walking tour of Dublin. It was unblievablyy beautiful. You could spend hours there and it is free. The book collection and artificacts are so interesting. Make sure to include this stop when in Dublin

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best museums in town. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions. Very organised and well planned with the display of different artifacts from mr. Beattys' collection. The entrance is free.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great selection of beautiful ancient books. A great free place to explore, just behind dublin castle.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just an amazing collection that left us all overwhelmed and unable to take it all in. The range of the collection is absolutely huge and hard to absorb. I think at least 2 or 3 visits would be needed to even begin to get to grips with the wealth of the information available there.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit , Just outside of Dublin Castle. It has a great collection of old manuscripts and art works. Dublin Castle and Dublin Castle park are well worth a visit.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice library next door to Dublin castle. Great place to visit, awesome display of very old books, manuscripts, and religious articles. No cost which is great too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a glorious place which not many Dubliners know about - or at least visit. In the grounds of Dublin Castle, it seems to be mainly visited by well-informed visitors who have done a bit of research. Its ancient books - mainly religious, exquisite Korans and bibles etc. are among the very finest in the world. Beatty was famously... More 

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