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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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11:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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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Went here on a random day off work. The Chester Beatty Library is a museum of one of the largest private book collections in recent times. Mr Beatty managed to get some of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here on a random day off work. The Chester Beatty Library is a museum of one of the largest private book collections in recent times. Mr Beatty managed to get some of the finest quality books around. He was particularly interested in Holy Books of all faiths, and the level of detail in some of the world's there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I learnt so much by this visit. Based in the grounds of the Castle, this is free entry and there is so much to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely collection of all sorts of old manuscripts and scrolls - of particular significance, fragments from the ancient Egyptians are thought to be the second oldest records of the bible. A nice place to visit, particularly when raining!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is worth seeing, Enntry is free. Like other museums it is full of Irish history. Visit castle at the same time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The papyri written on hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the fragment of the Bible, the illustrated documents from all over the world. Scrumptious.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I learned so much about the history of books. All the displays were very well presented and I particularly liked the timeline of print.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My partner wanted to visit this library and although it wasnt what she expected, the items on display are very good and there are informative videos to aid the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

ı have never seen a great collection like this on oriental pieces of art, book and precious objects. Mr Albert Cheaster Beatty was a extraordinary man whom vision made something extraordinary. This is the Chester Beatty library in the Castle of Dublin which is an also lovely place to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need at least half a day to spend here. Very good content and presentation. A fabulous collection of rare and old manuscripts and paintings. It is a pity that you cannot seems much as you could in the original museum out in Ballsbridge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cross between a library and a museum with absolute gems from Chester Beatty's collection of books and objects from the East. It is located in the grounds of Dublin Castle so a very central location. There is no entrance fee and you can also enjoy the adjoining garden. Tours are given during the week in different languages... More 

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