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Chester Beatty Library
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US$16.58*
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Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour
Ranked #23 of 578 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed December 1, 2017

Went through the library exhibits and enjoyed the history relating to all the different aspects of religious manuscripts on display.

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Reviewed November 30, 2017

This is an excellent museum for those interested in manuscripts and religion. An extensive collection of beautifully illuminated texts, particularly Islamic. The restaurant and gift shop are also worth exploring/partaking.

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Reviewed November 29, 2017

I was amazed at how many books and artifacts this library has and that too it’s free. There are wonderful ancient texts from all over Asia and Middle East and also the Far East which are priceless. In addition to ancient biblical texts. I stumbled upon a tour given by a very knowledgeable lady originally from Karachi whose name I never got but if she is ever there do join her group as she brought the books manuscripts and artifacts to life with her insights. Put a lot of pieces of the puzzle in my head together for which I’m grateful to her. There is a nice cafe in the lobby down and there is a free coat check too. I somehow preferred it to the book of Kells

Thank Maria B
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

This place is really lovely. We were greeted by a male member of staff who was amazingly helpful and talked us through everything. You could see how passionate he was which made for a very enjoyable visit. Enjoyed the temporary exhibition. Cafe looked nice but we didn't stay.

Thank Rachael S
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Reviewed November 25, 2017

This cafe is a piece of gold in terms of the food and the location - A fantastic Museum of Oriental art and history. Located in a part of Dublin Castle.

Thank Gerry C
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