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Chester Beatty Library

| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 407 0750
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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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| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed today

While it's quite small, there are a lot of compelling woodblock prints and engravings here from all over the world. The admission was free so there's really no excuse not to pop in and see some masterful works on paper, especially related to religious works.

Thank worldfamousjeff
Reviewed today

Worth to visit as stand alone place, or along with Dublin Castle. Great collection of exhibits, spent several hrs observing it. Went hungry - great cafe in the building.

Thank Peter M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An amazing collection of ancient books and Japanese artworks. Definitely worth a trip. This is a great venue to grab a cup of coffee and relax for a few minutes if you're walking your way though town on a sight seeing trip. The atmosphere is...More

Thank Happyoutandin
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is for those who really like museums and want to spend time looking and reading about items on display. However, if you are not that into such things, just skip it.

Thank T-BirdieFI
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We love books so we're interested in collections and this is such an amazing collection of books and art. The displays are well presented and curated. We learned a good deal about binding and calligraphy. The Islamic works are very special. Note- they have a...More

Thank Easdoku
Reviewed 5 days ago

Hidden away in the city centre, but well worth a visit. The collections on Asian and Islamic manuscripts were very impressive. I was quite overwhelmed by the amount of information I got here. The exhibition on Japanese Surimono Prints is also worth a visit.

Thank Eliza F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by the Chester Beatty Library for a short visit to see some of the old religious texts that a tour guide on a walking tour of the city had said were a can't miss attraction while in Dublin. It's free to enter, and...More

Thank kristinal591
Reviewed 1 week ago

Know what you're getting into. This is a free part of the Dublin Castle that houses some incredible original books centuries or millennium old. Incredible collection. Beautifully displayed.

Thank ChasB998
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The small library has historical books and small diamonds from great writers. It's worth seeing it, and there is also a café

2  Thank Antouli
Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed to allow more time to appreciate the two floors. There was a wealth of info, presented in ways that we had not encountered.

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August 6, 2015|
Response from Mary D | Property representative |
Dear goodlucy, thank you very much for your message. There is no admission fee or booking required for the Chester Beatty Library. We look forward to seeing you in the museum and we hope that you enjoy your visit. Here is... More