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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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Description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty...
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.
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Go for the exhibitions - but you MUST try the food

The collections on exhibit are exquisit and enthralling. I'd want to turn up the lights by 5% - 10%. But that said, this is a fabulous access point to middle eastern art and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

The collections on exhibit are exquisit and enthralling. I'd want to turn up the lights by 5% - 10%. But that said, this is a fabulous access point to middle eastern art and thinking. This review however is about the food in the ground floor restaurant. Please don't be put off by the queue. Join, walk slowly and savour. Let... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Don't worry about paying money for a few seconds glimps at the "Book of Kells" , at the Chester Beatty Library you get to see far more impressive old manuscripts for free.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Went here today based on the ratings and reviews on trip advisor, I am glad I did. The library is set up into different sections based on different tops, the literature on the 2nd floor exploring the art and scriptures of a range of different religions is very insightful and would recommend a visit to expand your knowledge on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Really beautiful things on show - went into a dark room showing kimonos and beautiful Japanese drawings from hundreds of years ago. Plus there's a nice cafe on the bottom floor. Would recommend a visit if you want to chill out and draw for a while

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There can be fantastic exhibitions here, and some that have interested me less, though always very well curated and put together. It's always a great experience visiting though, lovely spaces in particular the roof top garden that offers an oasis of calm and fantastic views over Dublin. If you can sneak your lunch up here during a rare sunny days... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I went to this library on suggestion from another tripadvisor review and I am very glad that I did! It was a delightful respite from the bustle of the city, and the books and exhibits were excellent. Definite go to the top floor, to the terrace, as it provides a serene place to relax in the center of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

After 10 years living near Dublin a friend showed me this interesting place hiding right behind Dublin castle. Now I try to visit every time I'm in town. If you like scripts and books this is a must. There is also a nice cafe and book shop in this little oasis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A fairly new building containing a fascinating collection of rare books, various old Korans, a real letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians and other Christian writings and various Buddhas. Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch in their cafe and then check out gift shop. It's very close to Dublin Castle so you can combine the two in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Admission is free, which is a good point. The Collection is quite small so you can get trough it quite fast actually, didn't take me more then 30-40 minutes. I understand that it is the collection of a single individual but not really worth the hype about it in my opinion. Staff was very nice and helpful. For somebody very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Located just across the beautiful gardens of Dublin Castle the Chester Beatty Library is a nice free stop with some great historical finds on display. If you have an extra hour after visiting the castle pop in and browse through the beautiful collection.

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