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Chester Beatty Library
Ranked #20 of 566 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. Winter Hours: The Museum will be closed on Mondays from November through February
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 19 December 2013

Great cafe - excellent food, bit pricey but worth it. The cakes and turkish delight are the real thing.

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"amazing collection"
in 154 reviews
"grounds of dublin castle"
in 80 reviews
"silk road cafe"
in 61 reviews
"religious texts"
in 59 reviews
"illuminated manuscripts"
in 81 reviews
"world religions"
in 44 reviews
"roof garden"
in 43 reviews
"private collection"
in 42 reviews
"major religions"
in 40 reviews
"beautiful books"
in 39 reviews
"asian art"
in 38 reviews
"different cultures"
in 27 reviews
"on display"
in 146 reviews
"new testament"
in 33 reviews
"free museum"
in 36 reviews
"book lovers"
in 30 reviews
"small museum"
in 37 reviews

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Reviewed 17 December 2013

I love the cafe, the food and the coffee. I love the shop a wide variety of goods from all over the world. I absolutely love the space -great on a rainy day. Wonderful gardens to sit in. Very interesting collections of art work. Even has a roof top garden

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Reviewed 17 December 2013

Located in the centre of Dublin, the Chester Beatty Library is easily accessible for the short or longer term tourist. The library is well presented and the write-up for each items is interested and keeps the wanderer captivated. I found it to be a very impressive library of important manuscripts, both visually as well as from a historical significance perspective. The grounds and garden attached to the garden is also well worth a visit and if i had more time, i would definitely have been able to spend a good 3 hours here just wandering around. All of the staff at the library and the shop were very friendly and kind not to rush me even though it was past closing time. I am grateful i was at least able to walk away with a book on the permanent collection as well as a biography on Chester Beatty's life. I would definitely come back to the library when i am back in Dublin.

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

As others have said, this is one of the most important places to visit in all of Dublin, in fact, in all of Europe. My wife and I came to Dublin specifically to see the ancient New Testament papyrus documents here, and we were not disappointed. Fine samples are well displayed with good explanations. There were a couple of typographical errors in the displays ( "lead to" instead of "led to" in one) but, on the whole, very discerning and articulate about the importance of these second century artifacts. We have seen the Bodmer museum near Geneva and have been to see the fragment at the John Rylands Library in Manchester (as well as the Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus mss at the British Museum, and the exhibit in the Chester Beatty is as good or better than the others.

Thank Awarely
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Tucked away behind buildings, this is a cute find. The museum is cool to stroll around and it's free !!

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