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Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle Chester Beatty Library Castle Street | Dublin Castle, Dublin D02 AD92, Ireland
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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. 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
+353 1 407 0750
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

The Chester Beatty Library is well worth the visit because of the amazing collection of ancient artifacts. The museum doesn't feel stuffy or cold like much larger museums. It has a more inviting feel, helped by the amazing staff who helped us figure out what...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The illuminated manuscripts collection is in a word awesome. However the Goya Exhibition of the 1812 Spanish-French War provided a memorable and highly educational experience on a par with the Prada Museum. Great luncheon menu by the way.

Thank Dr. Chuck Bauer
Reviewed 12 November 2017

This relatively small, free art museum contains several collections of world art and literature, from the 20th century all the way to the beginnings of this era. The explanations of each piece are thorough and helped me understand each piece as a sample of the...More

Thank codavis937
Reviewed 11 November 2017

The ancient papyrus, Irish portrait art and religious art collections are without equal. This museum is very similar to the Pierpont Morgan museum in NYC and it is mentioned on a placard. Photography is not permitted - great gift shop and cafe on first floor....More

Thank L K
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Its Free admission. house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The Library's collections are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions". exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Islamic, East Asian and Western...More

Thank Atif S
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Located on a garden just behind the Castle of Dublin, this is a very interesting museum containing beautiful manuscripts, paintings and books. The exhibition is really amazing and it makes you wonder how can such a thing be free. It's kind of a cliché -...More

Thank Ricardo F
Reviewed 7 November 2017

This place is free and you must go! I went after my walking tour with New Dublin and before my tour at Dublin Castle. I only had an hour and that was a good amount of time. I skipped one of the exhibits because I...More

Thank peacelovegoalies
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Here you can share some valuable insight to past history, particularly Asia and the links to modern day. On three floors with a cafe. The Roof Garden was closed on our visit. It is free to enter, but please place large luggage in the lockers...More

Thank BlueBton
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful collection of old Qurans, bibles, art form around the world. The visit is also free and located on the grounds of the castle.

Thank nsheikh70
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

The Chester Beatty Library hosts exhibitions of the kind of obscure little drawings that you won't see anywhere else! The permanent exhibition is of old texts from The Far East and I would recommend it to tourists as you are unlikely to see anything like...More

Thank Techymedium
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Maura R
15 January 2018|
Response from joshua b | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, there must be garages or parking lots, but I always walk in Dublin. it's just south of Dublin Castle.
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