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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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WORTH A VISIT AS ITS FREE!!!!

FREE ATTRACTION.... Based inside the grounds of dublin castle it was very good and intersting there's loads and loads of old and ancient books,pictures and drawings to view over 3... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

FREE ATTRACTION.... Based inside the grounds of dublin castle it was very good and intersting there's loads and loads of old and ancient books,pictures and drawings to view over 3 floors there's also a great corner on the 2nd floor for kids to go and draw or colour, as well as the insides of this building you have the grounds... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We simply loved our visit to the library. I came for my wife and expected a snooze, but what we found was an amazing museum experience! We arrived just in time for the free tour on a Sunday. Diane was not only a well of information - no wonder once you check her background and find out she is a... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Really loved this exhibition, I’ve been there with my mother and we enjoyed browsing through all those books however I have to say my favorite spot was the roof garden, very lovely indeed.

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Budapest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This man had eye for the interesting and valuable things! If you think a bit of paper written 1200 years ago is interesting - you will enjoy your visit here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Whilst I can enjoy some of the collection I found it not to be as interesting as other gallery's in dublin would also like to see an update in how the collections information is relayed some use of technology I feel is needed

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Erlangen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The art collection was well organized and very educational, with informative captions and introductions. The building was a bit small, but my total time spent there was just right for a leisurely Sunday afternoon.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A great spot to hide from the maddening crowds of tourists. Lots of surprising material on display & exhibitions change regularly. Also has a good coffee shop

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This fascinating library is situated within the Dublin Castle walls. It has a wealth of priceless beautifully bound books, mainly Islamic. The film concerning Cheater Beatty and the gift he made to the city of Dublin was very interesting.

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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The CB is a collection that will transform your definition of 'library'. The detail visible through the up close displays is phenomenal. An explanation of the printing processes and methods is very informative. Simply mind boggling that this detail is hand done

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you can put aside the view that no one person should have been able to amass such a wealth of treasures and ignore how he had to build the collection this is a world class exhibition. Well worth a visit.

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