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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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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - 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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A real treasure!

Chester Beatty library is located behind the Dublin Castle. It is a little difficult to find but worth the effort. The gardens outside the library are peaceful and beautiful. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Chester Beatty library is located behind the Dublin Castle. It is a little difficult to find but worth the effort. The gardens outside the library are peaceful and beautiful. The manuscripts and books collection are fascinating. There is no fee to view this collection. This was a Dublin favorite!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic museum that is free. So much to see and the exhibits change from time to time as there is so much in storage. Free admission. Beautiful building and setting. Fantastic Lebanese cafe in the foyer too :-)

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you loves books, learning or libraries, you definitely must stop here. The collection of manuscripts, from across cultures and times is outstanding. The real treat here is the rooftop garden, which many people don't seem to go up to. You can get some views of the Dublin Castle grounds, and it's a nice peaceful retreat, especially in the hubbub... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Historical collection of some of the oldest books from every religion. Stunning manuscripts in one collection is beyond belief.

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York UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our last stop before leaving Dublin and I have to say it was the most enjoyable visit we made during our 4 days here. We could have stayed all day. The atmosphere in the museum was one of calm - we were totally mesmerised by what we saw. We could only marvel at the collection here particularly the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The collection of illuminated books is worth seeing. Christian, Islam, Buddhism, and some Egyptian there as well. The colours, detail and beliefs of these religions displayed in print and a brief section on the dawn of printed books and their bindings. Might sound boring but I don't think so. Free too so its a steal. Just behind Dublin Castle and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Such a lot of good material here and so interesting, we visited twice and were lucky enough to catch a free tour [excellent guide]. A really marvellous library old old books and manuscripts. It's set in a beautiful building and the onsite cafe [Greek/Turkish] was excellent.

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Kittery, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Chester Beatty Library is outstanding! It was my favorite attraction during our recent two-week trip to Ireland. The galleries are located on two floors, the first floor on the arts of the book and the second on world religions. There are ancient papyrus sheets, medieval illuminated manuscripts, rare printed books, Chinese jade books, scrolls, prints and more. This unique... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although very little children might not appreciate the Chester Beatty Library, for adults it's just amazing! To be able to see some of the oldest Biblical fragments from the third century, and relics from all the major religions of the world----all in one place----and for free....is just amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting the Dublin Castle we noted that the Chester Beatty library was open to the public and was free to enter. This man (an American) was an ex-pat who amassed one of the preeminent religious books collections in the world. His many acquisitions are on display and highlight amazing religious texts of all major religions. A wonder to look... More 

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