We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“One of the best-kept secrets in Dublin”

Chester Beatty Library
Book In Advance
More Info
$52.41*
and up
Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 Attractions
Ranked #9 of 504 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“One of the best-kept secrets in Dublin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Tucked quietly away behind Dublin Castle is this absolute treasure of a place. If you miss it, you've missed a lot! Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection - all the result of the collecting activities of one man — Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day. There is NO admission, and you may have to poke about for a little bit to find it (there is signage, but like a lot of Ireland, it's a little ambiguous), but once there, you'll realize that it was worth the search. Give yourself plenty of time; you'll want to linger. There is a tea shop nearby for snacks and toilets are conveniently located.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank TJBenson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,959 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    2,148
    664
    123
    21
    3
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Dublin
Level Contributor
66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A world class museum not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you visit Dublin, you cannot miss the chester Beatty Library. It is a top class museum, in fact one of, the best in the world in its category if not the best. The museum has so many items that they cannot display them all, so they show them from time to time. They have some absolutely incredible manuscripts. The architecture of the museum is treat as well, very peaceful and serene. There is a lovely middle Eastern restaurant as well.

Visited November 2013
Helpful?
Thank yasmeen62
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
165 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Small, interesting library”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

If you do not love libraries then probably skip this. Otherwise, a nice detour for a half hour or so.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
Thank Aquila13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Delaware
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very Special Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

Who knew this little library in the middle of Dublin held so many incredible treasures. Everyone should spend at least an hour discovering what Mr. Beatty collected in his lifetime. Fascinating, fascinating collection!

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank HlyGoLgtly
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ghent, Belgium
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

It may sound a little boring, old books... But it's actually really intriguing. The gallery is organised beautifully, pleasant to walk trough. It's cool to see old books from all over the world. Comparing differences in writings, designs and themes,...

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank heleenc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Chester Beatty Library also viewed

 

Been to Chester Beatty Library? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing