The Chester Beatty is without doubt one of the finer locations for enjoying 'high' cultural Arts. Nestled snugly within Dublin Castle it's a pleasant and interesting attraction to navigate to - this in itself providing some points of historical and cultural interest.
The Library is primarily known as being one developed and collected privately over many years and subsequently made accessible to the public. Its emphasis is on religious and cultural artifacts, particularly within the literary realm from across the Near, Mid and Far Eastern World. This may not sound overly appealing but once you arrive to what's essentially a compact, well designed and relaxed environment you're bound to find something to stimulate the cogs.
They have a nice habit of rotating displays and brining new items to the Library that keeps it fresh and interesting. Clearly they need a bigger space if they're ever to display the collection in its entirety. The collection is arranged across 3 floors and there's full accessibility for those with disabilities or difficulties ascending stairs. With an open Arboretum design the space is airy and spacious, despite being smaller than you might anticipate. There's a fantastic place to eat on the ground floor, called the Silk Road Cafe, which provides a number of incredibly sumptuous dishes from the regions through which the Silk Road traditionally passed. Service is quick, friendly and comes at an acceptable price given the quality and surroundings. Vegans and vegetarians take note - there are usually at least 2 great dishes to pick from here.
Open all year round and bang in the city centre you couldn't go wrong whiling away a few hours in the Chester Beatty, or among it's outside gardens.... and for those who really want a place to get away, head to the roof. This is where they keep the best space of all - a wonderful rooftop garden that gives you a great view over the interior of Dublin Castle and provides peace and relaxation rarely found in the heart of an Urban space.
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