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Chester Beatty Library

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 1 407 0750
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Great collection and wonderful exhibit

Finding it was a bit of a challenge, going through Dublin's Castle gardens. Really enjoyed walking through the exhibits and admiring very early manuscripts of all religions... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Finding it was a bit of a challenge, going through Dublin's Castle gardens. Really enjoyed walking through the exhibits and admiring very early manuscripts of all religions. Beautifully displayed. Free entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum displays the books Chester Beatty collected during his life. It has a nice selection of ancient books from Europe, Middle East, China, South East Asia and Japan. The informations given are very interesting and the books are very nice and rare. The display is very good. If you are interested in ancient books and visiting Dublin this is... More 

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love this place, the exhibition so worth it, the wise of the library is not too big so can be visited in a couple of hours, I highly recommend it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beatty's collection of art is maybe the most stunning I have seen ever. The two galleries are filled with beautiful books, bindings, clothing, etc. This library is by donation only so there is no excuse to not go! Amazing stuff!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In some way it surpassed the Book of Kells. It is not only a book collection it is about the written expression of culture in many countries. You will spend time looking at incredible books, writing devices, book fabrication, etc.Unique pieces to admire.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing collection of books from many cultures - if you are interested in books or the history of printing/illumination/art, there's much to see but not so much as to be overwhelming. the kids enjoyed the computer screens dotted around that gave little video clips of how some of the books were made ie how printing works. A good way to... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beatty really collected some very nice books manuscripts and other worthy things in his life. This museum is a must do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure what I was expecting from the Chester Beatty Library, but I was blown away by both the quality of exhibits (holy books from a variety of times, places, and traditions) and the way they were displayed--clearly explained, without too much text. Anyone interested in books should add this museum to their itinerary.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice gallery with very high quality displays from an impressive private collection. The library is well-planned, with an introductory video about Chester Beatty and how he came to own his collection right as you enter the building, and the galleries on the upper floors. The library contains many beautifully crafted artworks and texts from many regions and eras. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is always well worth a visit to see so many oriental artefacts. It's free and it has a lovely restaurant as well.

Thank Triona L

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