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Chester Beatty Library

| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, 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.
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| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

Enjoyed wandering around Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library. It's a pleasant wander around the library and there are lockers available to leave items if you dont wish to carry them as well as a coffee shop. the walk through the castle grounds to...More

Thank koha30
Reviewed 19 January 2016

Have been visiting this fantastic collection since I was a kid! World-class selection of high-quality, lesser-known art from Asia & the Middle East. Particularly good on Japanese art. Beautiful building, great cafe. And even better, it's free!

Thank Donal M
Reviewed 18 January 2016

I went to Chester Beatty Library on Sept/2015, on the Culture Night and I really enjoyed the tour, the place and even the food on the ground floor. It's a place that many in other parts of the world would pay good money to be...More

Thank EricaML
Reviewed 17 January 2016

This specialized museum is a little gem, the story behind the collection is definitely worth a few hours of your time, never too busy, extremely interesting. Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights...More

Thank Dixy989
Reviewed 17 January 2016

I've been coming to the Chester Beatty Library for years now, and it always impresses me. The vast array of historical artefacts and scripture, particularly in the East Asian/Middle Eastern religion section is stunning. It's off the beaten track, and you need to be a...More

Thank jfoxe
Reviewed 16 January 2016

We found this attraction by chance whilst looking for the castle. it was tucked away at the end of a garden close to the castle. There was an interesting gift shop and a cafe with some interesting items on the menu. On the first floor...More

Thank NottinghamPoodle
Reviewed 15 January 2016

This musuem is a nice find in dublin. If you are looking for something extra to do it is very good. However it is not irish history. It is good if you like cultural studies

Thank giu d
Reviewed 14 January 2016

The vast collection of antique books is mesmerising. Would 100% recommend even if you aren't 'that into reading'. There are some incredibly rare texts that are worth checking out.

Thank Alley E
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Got there early hoping to get the tour, but all the exhibits are so well explained and logically arranged, that didn't bother with the tour in the end.

Thank astridhappy
Reviewed 12 January 2016

This was by far the best thing about our trip to Dublin. The collection is amazing, and the building is lovely. We were in awe of the ancient Biblical manuscripts!

Thank Caren T
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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