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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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Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

We were expecting a short visit just to have a look, and spent nearly 3 hours in awe of the collections of ancient books, writing samples, and art from all over the globe. The first level contained a great variety of pieces, including 4500 year...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2018

We spent about 3 hours strolling through this place. If you are religious , you will find plenty to explore. Also, a great view on early printing and binding processes. The cafe is really good as well.

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Reviewed June 1, 2018

They have the most amazing religion section. They covered all religions too. The artifacts were outstanding.

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Reviewed June 1, 2018

Anyone who loves books, illustrations and the history of books will love this library. I believe they change their exhibits periodically, but we saw ancient Chinese, Japanese, Indian writings and illustrations. Also an exhibit of different very old religious texts and a summation of what...More

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Reviewed May 31, 2018

It is one of my favorite museums with the special atmosphere. You will find a wonderful collection of manuscripts, books, paints, historical materials which you will be tempted to examine bit by bit. It is amazing with such a care and love Beaty created his...More

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Reviewed May 31, 2018

Located on the campus of the Dublin Castle this small museum has many interesting ancient documents. Particularly interesting are the documents from Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. One hour is sufficient time. Entrance is free but you need a Euro to lock your backpack in...More

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Reviewed May 30, 2018

We are still kicking ourselves for arriving at this amazing library a mere hour before it closed on our last day in Dublin. The illuminated religious manuscripts on view are so exquisitely beautiful, you could spend an entire day just admiring and learning about them....More

Thank Mar C
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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

This is an amazing and well presented private collection of manuscripts. The international cafe was excellent for lunch

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Best free museum I’ve been to. Superior to most of the museums that I have paid admission for. Interesting things you will not find in other museums

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

This collection of ancient manuscripts and illuminated books is well organized, fascinating, free, and can be appreciated in a couple of hours. Visit here after seeing the Book of Kells, otherwise you may be disappointed in the latter. There are many manuscripts and ancient bible...More

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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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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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