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Chester Beatty Library

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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...more
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Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Simple, really. This all depends on what your interests are. Read carefully. If this is up your alley you'll be blown away. If it isn't your cup of tea (it's not ours) you'll be done in 15 minutes, tops.

Thank Lucky_Eddie
Reviewed 3 days ago

We decided to forgo the lines to see the Book of Kells as we heard that this museum had volumes of illuminated manuscripts and collections from all over the world. The collection was outstanding, representing all religions, throughout an expanse time line dating from times...More

Thank Loree W
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you like book of Kells (or prefer a free alternative) and are interested in a wealth of printed manuscripts this no charge museum is a must visit. Lovely courtyard garden near entrance is a bonus.

Thank gypsyhiker
Reviewed 3 days ago

We found this museum out through our Rick Steves tour book. My husband is big into illuminated manuscripts, so I figured this would be right up his alley. The library itself is located near Dublin Castle. There is actually a very nice green outside to...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, absolutely fascinating - really recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin

Thank RFK_12
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you like books you should not miss a visit to this exhibition. Everything about the printed word from 150AD to present. Entertaining and educational at the same time.

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a fascinating place, but not your typical library. We saw quite a collection of very ( and I do mean very) old books, manuscripts, scrolls, etc. From many cultures and religions. You can probably see it in an hour.

Thank Debi M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not for everyone of course, but if you have interest in Bible translation, manuscripts and codex it's a must see. Sadly only about one percent of the collection is available at any one time so it can be a bit of a gamble, but if...More

Thank HoppyUniatz
Reviewed 1 week ago

For me the best part of the library were the very old books from non western religions. Very beautiful workmanship. A gem we also found was an original piece of work done by Cicero. How wonderful. Less than an hour will do you fine.

Thank Bobo4670
Reviewed 1 week ago

This 'library' is more a thrilling treasurehouse of world masterpieces - Indian, Tibetan, European and beyond. Displays of books of hours, sacred scriptures, Indian miniatures, bronze sculptures, intricately tooled leather bindings and much more reveal Beatty as one of the great Western collectors and connoisseurs...More

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Maura R
January 15, 2018|
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Response from TimK3497 | Property representative |
Unfortunately there is not external visitor parking at Dublin Castle. There are a good number of sites to park in central Dublin within walking distance of the museum.
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