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Chester Beatty Library

| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 407 0750
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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 '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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| Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love books so we're interested in collections and this is such an amazing collection of books and art. The displays are well presented and curated. We learned a good deal about binding and calligraphy. The Islamic works are very special. Note- they have a...More

Thank Easdoku
Reviewed 2 days ago

Hidden away in the city centre, but well worth a visit. The collections on Asian and Islamic manuscripts were very impressive. I was quite overwhelmed by the amount of information I got here. The exhibition on Japanese Surimono Prints is also worth a visit.

Thank Eliza F
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped by the Chester Beatty Library for a short visit to see some of the old religious texts that a tour guide on a walking tour of the city had said were a can't miss attraction while in Dublin. It's free to enter, and...More

Thank kristinal591
Reviewed 6 days ago

Know what you're getting into. This is a free part of the Dublin Castle that houses some incredible original books centuries or millennium old. Incredible collection. Beautifully displayed.

Thank ChasB998
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The small library has historical books and small diamonds from great writers. It's worth seeing it, and there is also a café

2  Thank Antouli
Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed to allow more time to appreciate the two floors. There was a wealth of info, presented in ways that we had not encountered.

Thank Roadrunner5527
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful surprise. This collection of ancient historical books, sketches, and bindings was donated by Mr. Beatty and is in unbelievably fine condition. The Library is architecturally beautiful as well, though easy to miss, as it is located behind Dublin Castle. The condition...More

Thank stillred51
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great collection of books and manuscripts from around the world. It is really more a museum than a library. The displays are very well done. Highly recommended.

Thank Dick D
Reviewed 1 week ago

A first-class collection that's incredibly wide ranging. Spend a fascinating looking at a treasure trove of artifacts. Don't miss it!

Thank Helen K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Why this is not the biggest museum or library in Dublin, it does have a quirky lovely collection that was amazing to stop by and seen. Quirky because Chester Beatty is actually from the US, but through a storied story, ended up in Europe and...More

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6 August 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