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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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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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Over many years of visiting Dublin, last week I found myself outside the Chester Beatty Library and decided to go in, unsure as to what was in there. What a revelation! An... read more

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Over many years of visiting Dublin, last week I found myself outside the Chester Beatty Library and decided to go in, unsure as to what was in there. What a revelation! An absolute trove of treasures which virtually traced the intellectual and spiritual history of mankind. The Library's collections are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions". Both... More 

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Westfield, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Forget about the Book of Kells.. this world-famous library, located in the Clock Tower in the Back of the Dublin Castle, is not only one of the most impressive small museum in Europe, but it's FREE!! Chester Beatty was an avid collector, and amassed more than 20,000 manuscripts, rare books, miniature paintings, clay tablets, costumes and other objets d'art during... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in the Dublin Castle area and saw this library. I had heard it was interpreting but was so impressed with this collection. Incredible literary history, especially of a wide range of religious texts. Highly recommend.

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This is one of the finest collections of books and writings I have visited! Very interesting videos showing how paper/parchment is made, how the Koran copys are created, etc. Prepare to spend several hours if you have any interest in history! There are several places where hands-on, kid's stuff is available too. And be sure to eat at the Silk... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went for the historical tour the man in the office was very knowledgeable and answered loads of questions the boys loved it. A good afternoons entertainment for ages 11 and up we loved it and it was very interesting all the same. Caroline Goldsmith Psychologist Ireland

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Phenomenal Arabic texts and illumination. Well preserved treasures throughout the museum. One of the highlights of our two days in Dublin.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some great artifacts. Had an event on islamic text when I visited. Most exhibits are of religious context.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take a free tour through this amazing museum that focuses on the origins of 'the book' and recorded history. Beatty was the consummate collector and every artifact that he collected was the finest of its kind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I received the recommendation to visit Chester Beatty Library on a walking tour. I'm so glad I did! It was a wonderful exhibit of ancient Korans and other books. Not too long and it was a free visit. Highly educational and very beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed seeing some very early Codex examples of the Bible. Also much other history on display here, really a stunning collection. We ate at the cafe and enjoyed it. Its free to visit, but worth making a donation for.

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