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Chester Beatty Library

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Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
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+353 1 407 0750
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 23:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Outstanding and fascinating collection

An amazing collection of manuscripts displayed with great skill and care. Truly one of the best collections I have ever seen and there is no admission charge.

Reviewed 10 August 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

An amazing collection of manuscripts displayed with great skill and care. Truly one of the best collections I have ever seen and there is no admission charge.

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Reviewed 10 August 2015

I wish I'd had more time to explore this amazing free library. As others have said, it's a better experience than the Book of Kells. Lots of very rare texts, with good explanations. Learnt lots about books and religions.

Thank HarrietUk
Islamorada, Florida
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

We decided to wander through this "library" mainly to kill some time. So glad we did! Chester Beatty was an engineer who collected books and the "library" is actually a museum displaying his amazing collection! There are scrolls and manuscripts dating from before the time of Jesus - and the collection comes from all continents. Only wish we had had... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

Chester Beatty was a keen orientalist who left his private collection to the state. There are some non-text artefacts (samurai armour and weaponry, for example) but the core of the collection is the wide range of items representing the history of the written word, the development of books and published texts, and scripts and illustrations from Asian and Middle-Eastern religious... More 

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Reviewed 8 August 2015

If you want to view books and artifacts from around the world, this is a great place to do it. The Collection includes prints, scrolls, religious books, illuminated manuscripts, and more. Note: You will probably want to start at top and work your way down (roof garden on the top floor). Also, big bags are not permitted in the exhibits,... More 

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Green Bay WI
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

Some cool books to see and an interesting story about the life of Chester Beatty. Go if you are into books or at Dublin castle. Free admission although they do encourage donations. We only saw one room of exhibits so we spent less than an hour on site.

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Reviewed 8 August 2015

Didn't expect to find this interesting exposiotion on religion. Impressive collection. The food in the Silk Route was good and healthy!

Thank SarahCBrussels
Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

Instead of waisting his fortune on diamond rolexes or 150 bedroom castles Chester Beatty decided to share a part of his wealth with the public. He founded the CB Library hosting a fantastic collection of (far) eastern artifacts. Stroll along in this free museum and enjoy a fantastic latte afterwards in the cafetaria. And... weather permitting (it is Ireland after... More 

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Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

It's free of charge and there is two floors of great exhibits to see, but you cannot take any photos. There are also lockers that charge one euro deposit for bags, since you can't take those in ether.

Thank Neil C
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

We visited this library during our recent trip to Dublin and were awed by the richness of the collection and the clear and straightforward way the exhibits were presented. We especially liked the exhibits on the different world religions and their holy books. This is a real gem and admission is free.

Thank cleo760

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