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Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, 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', 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. Winter Hours: The Museum will be closed on Mondays from November through February
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely visit, fabulous collection. More fun than the Books of Kells. The exhibit was breathtaking in scope. The artefacts stunning.

Thank Ivo v
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is not a library in the usual sense, rather Chester Beatty's collection of antiquarian books and manuscripts and objects related to the ancient civilisations that interested him. Might also interest people who are interested in art or illustration. Entry is free and although it...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Best museum (library) in Dublin. A hidden gem and must-see for anyone who's really serious about religious history (all faiths!). Excellent gift shop as well.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There's a collection of Egyptian papyri containing biblical texts at this museum, but no one can tell you where Chester Beatty got them, whether they've been authenticated, what place in Egypt they were excavated from ("somewhere near the Nile" is all I could get out...More

Thank Shain
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came across this lovely little museum whilst wandering the castle grounds. Great for those with an interest in books and art. Loved the miniatures and would have spent more time there if I had my glasses.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

fantastic old book collection on display, mostly religous from all worlds religions. eastern orientation with paintings and press. free

Thank john s
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good collection to take an hour to go see, decent gift shop and cafeteria. No line-ups a bonus. Would have given a 4 rating if the library was a bit better organized/displayed. Quiet courtyard to take lunch on roof.

Thank Elle W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told by numerous people and web sites that this library/museum was a must see in Dublin. I agree as far as there is not too much to see otherwise, but it does not measure up when put against other library museums I've seen....More

Thank RebeccaRyanOrange
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was recommended by a local, and as stated by the Library website, "The Western treasures of the Library include some of the earliest sources on papyrus for the bible and a great library of Manichean texts. The Biblical Papyri, dating from the second to...More

Thank Michelle H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so taken in here. Make sure you have at least two hours. Mr. Beatty was an avid collector of old texts, including many of the Pauline apostles dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century. He has collections from many world religions and...More

Thank Judy M
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Maura R
January 15, 2018|
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Response from Tim K | Property representative |
Unfortunately there is not external visitor parking at Dublin Castle. There are a good number of sites to park in central Dublin within walking distance of the museum.
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goodlucy
August 6, 2015|
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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
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