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Chester Beatty Library

Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
353 1 407 0750
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Ranked #8 of 281 attractions in Dublin
Type: Libraries, Museums
Owner description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of... more » Owner description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002. « less
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Dublin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I only stumbled into this "library" because I was wandering around the castle - so glad I went in. The books, artifacts and paintings are superb. Well organized and displayed, beautiful pieces, interesting variety and diversity. I'd love to back for a second visit and spend more time.

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Bronx, New York
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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY @ THE DUBLIN CASTLE Do not give up! Although there are signage pointing to the location of the Chester Beatty Library, it takes a great deal of time and patience to actually locate the Library. After walking through the Castle grounds and wandering through the small but beautiful garden, one finally arrives at the building. As I... More

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Larkspur, CA
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I loved the CB Library! I had been encouraged by Irish friends to go, and was not disappointed. Saw things here that I had never ever seen in the world. Well displayed and curated to educate and amaze. Will go again and again!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I loved the collective of Chinese and Japanese scrolls and books. The narrative on the books history is so accessible and we learn a lot. So many artefacts are just splendid and all are presented through the interest of the collector rather than through some academic prism.

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We very much enjoyed the Chester Beatty Collection - it was a surprise for us, as we had not researched it before our visit. Beatty, who made his fortune in mining, grew to be one of the world's great collectors of manuscripts, and his collection is on display at Dublin Castle. We found it a little odd that people would... More

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Reading, Berkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This was amazing! Free entry and books that went back to 150AD. Beautiful examples of writing, so much information on the past. We spent 2 very enjoyable hours here, and there is a lovely restaurant on the ground floor. Much better than the Guinness Brewery

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

It is hard to believe that one man could have such a passion for the written word that he amassed a fantastic collection of books and prints over a lifetime. And then the luck of the Irish had him give it to Ireland even though his career and fortune were made in North America. Anyone who loves to read or... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Absolute must for all interested in historic documents including illuminated manuscripts. We had expected to spend 30 - 45 minutes and ended up spending more than three hours. Great way to spend half a day and more. Free admission too!

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Boulder, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Like for many precious treasures, so also for the Chester Beatty Library in the heart of Dublin, most of us need a guide to understand what we are looking at. Therefore, I cannot impress on you enough that you must take one of the free guided tours given throughout the day, to truly appreciate the Chester Beatty. The guide we... More

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