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Chester Beatty Library

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Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 1 407 0750
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Chester Beatty library

If u r visiting museums then ur first priority is this stunning n spectacular library. Chester Beatty an engineer collected precious manuscripts rare books(holy Koran with gold... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If u r visiting museums then ur first priority is this stunning n spectacular library. Chester Beatty an engineer collected precious manuscripts rare books(holy Koran with gold lacings),paintings engravings!!!!!!. Words r not enough to describe. This world class amazing museum is a MUST SEE on ur list. Folks admission is FREE,!!!!!.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a nice stop along the way, but if you want to visit a library for the smell of old books, visit the trinity college library.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Could certainly spend a few hours here. Well laid out museum, I especially enjoyed the Islamic section. Worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating museum with a range of exhibits from the ancient to the more modern. Chester Beatty was an American of great wealth and curiosity, a collector extraordinaire who loved Ireland. All my Dublin friends say this is The Place to visit in the city.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful multi-story atrium welcomes visitors to this small treasure located behind the Dublin Castle. The view from the rooftop garden makes this a worthwhile stop on its own, especially with FREE entry. Bibliophiles and history buffs though should plan for several hours of awe and splendour wandering the upstairs galleries. Examples of bookbinding, manuscript illumination, calligraphy, etc. from around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Chester Beatty Library is one of the best collection of Asian artefacts in Europe for sure. Take your time to see the exhibition. Too many things to discover.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic collection of Eastern artifacts, beautifully curated. The roof garden is a little hard to find but lovely for a breath of fresh air and a view of the gardens, and the Silk Road Cafe is wonderful for lunch with an Eastern flavour, or just a coffee and a little sweet (Eastern) treat. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're a book lover and like me, like to look at beautiful covers and designs, you'll definitely find this place interesting...it's nice to see all the different old books and the materials they used to make them from and the effort they put in creating just one handwritten volume...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Free entrance, located close to the city centre just next to Dublin Castle. If you're interested in religious themes you should really pay this museum a visit. Here you get to see a vast collection of religious texts and all the worlds religions. Some of the artifacts are incredibly rare, and thousands of years old.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is free, located close to the city centre, hidden between buildngs of Dublin Caste in a nice little park. The building and the surroundings are nice. I was there when there was exhibition with religious book which was nice and interesting, but little small, but still worth the visit as it is free.

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