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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Wonderful Religious Books

Quiet, well-designed exhibits of astoundingly beautiful historical books that you won't see together anywhere else.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quiet, well-designed exhibits of astoundingly beautiful historical books that you won't see together anywhere else.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an extensive collection of manuscripts, rare books, miniature paintings, costumes and other historical and artistic artifacts. Very impressive and well displayed. Even if you don't like this type of stuff, you can check out the excellent cafe, the gift shop, the landscaped gardens outside and the rooftop Zen terrace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We discovered a fine book collection within this library. It's free and a good activity for a rainy day, while visiting the castle domain. Also on the roof there is a terrace with a view over the castle. Quite nice !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting Museum. We have been there an other visits and always find something of interest to see/read. Well set out so not to much crowding round exhibits. What treasures to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I generally tend to take my guests here and avoid the tourist traps. It's a great little museum with not a huge but still an excellent collection of rare and ancient books, scripts, various art and items from across the world. And it's free (but I recommend leaving a tip). I admit I sometimes even drop by on my own... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This little gem really is worth a visit. It may be small but they say good things come in small packages! The Chinese exhibition is brilliant providing a lot of insight on the Chinese dynasty. The dragon robe on display is beautiful. The Qu'ran exhibition is also amazing & very informative. Just go & visit!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fascinating ancient manuscripts, drawings and more, truly from around the world and across religious and cultural traditions

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Must visit Dublin museum. Go look at the line for the one page of the Book of Kells and then head straight to the Chester Beaty. Multiple visits over several trips to Dublin and it never disappoints

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So worth visiting this excellent collection of art. If you love books and the decorative arts you'll love this exhibition. The restaurant is excellent too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

brilliant museum and cafe. unique collection and informative exhibitions. a must see for anyone and free in too

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