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“Better with the tour!”

Chester Beatty Library
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US$16.14*
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Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour
Ranked #24 of 586 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 14, 2017

Ducked in here on a cold rainy day. Had heard it was a place worth checking out and I was near it. I was in luck as a free public tour was going to start shortly. I have to say had I tried to look around on my own I would have been bored and would have left. However, the tour guide was very good and went from area to area talking about the collector, his methods and highlights of some of the objects. There is also a very cute café in there that was full of locals and tourists alike.

Thank Windswept63
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Reviewed December 7, 2017

My wife and I stopped in since it was raining [typical Dublin] and since the library had been recommended. It far exceeded our expectations. We had planned on stopping in for 15 minutes until the heavy rain passed but stayed almost 2 hours. Extremely interesting collection.

Thank des124
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Reviewed December 5, 2017 via mobile

We have been to many museums and art galleries all over the world but the contents of this (free - it is part of Dublin Castle but can be accessed without actually having to pay to go into the castle) library are truly amazing, from a 2000 year old written extract from the book of Genesis through to more and older illuminated bibles and psalters than in the Book of Kells exhibition. Everything from European, middle eastern and far eastern ancient scrolls and prints through to samurai armour. A truly extraordinary collection that is so large only a very small part is on display at any one time. You absolutely have to find some time for this. We couldn't recommend it more highly.

Thank Lorraine A
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Reviewed December 5, 2017

A lovely place to rest or grab a coffee/snack in this little library. There is also a children's area with activities and a full floor exhibit on the religions of the world.

Thank ililxkitty
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Reviewed December 4, 2017

Recommended by our tour guide on our free Dublin walk. Lots of manuscripts about the three major religions and how these impacted the written word. Worth spending an hour or so.

Thank Sandy W
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