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Chester Beatty

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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 is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum...more
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Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much more that a library, beautiful manuscripts and Asian arts. Great stop after seeing Dublin Castle

Thank tfitz812016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic exhibition of Chinese art & books. Must be one of the best in the world. Great museum to to visit and there is a lovely cafe in the building serving very good food.

Thank sophiepriya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is pure magic. The books the History the smell. I've never been so impressed with a collection and then the gardens after to walk around are fab. It's free and totally worth the visit after being in the castle.

Thank peggythunder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This collection located in the grounds of Dublin Castle was the real gem after a disappointing visit to the Book of Kells. It is a beautifully curated collection of amazing manuscripts and artifacts from across the world displayed over three floors. And to add to...More

Thank JeniB170
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum has been divided up into corners that highlight the various religions of the world. Artifacts and drawings are on display. Somewhat boring

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The collection is really amazing. Quran, Bibles, Buddhism scripts, Chinese, Indonesian, and many more dating to thousands of years ago. The admission is free so do not leave without donating to this amazing library.

Thank Noura A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right in the centre of Dublin behind the Castle. Always something interesting to see and a great cafe also.

Thank donegalman2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting the crazy crowded Book of Kells (would do it again though!), might I suggest visiting the Beatty Library. I didn't know anything about it until seeing it in my Lonely Planet guide. It is an incredible library with "books" - papyrus really -...More

Thank SanFranciscoKaycey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I were entranced by the beautiful collection of ancient texts. Do not miss the opportunity to see this amazing library. One of our most memorable moments in Dublin.

Thank Donnabello
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolute gem of a library and museum. The illuminated manuscripts are stunning and are accompanied with comprehensive information. The collection is a must see in Dublin. Fantastic shop and cafe too.

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Maura R
January 15, 2018|
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Response from TimK3497 | 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.
August 6, 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