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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 August 2005

The Chester Beatty Library, situated on the grounds of Dublin Castle, is by far the best museum in the capital. It houses and displays a staggering amount of beautifully illustrated books and manuscripts, some fragments of biblical text dating back to the 2nd Century. Perhaps...More

12  Thank Navigate3294
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 September 2012

This is called a library but in my opinion it should be called a museum of scriptures. It is found within the grounds of Dublin Castle. The grounds outside are very nice and it is worth sometime sitting there and enjoying the view. I cannot...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Situated within the Dublin Castle grounds, this amazing place holds great treasures from Asia, the Middle East, north Africa and Europe. Chester Beatty bought only the finest manuscripts, prints, drawings, rare books, miniature paintings and decorative arts and you will find them here in 3...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is supposed to be a wonderful place to visit, but we planned seeing it Monday morning before we left Dublin-and it was closed. Didn't see this anywhere online or in the guidebooks. Really not their fault, but consistent hours throughout the year would be...More

Thank SeanO894
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great museum with manuscripts from all different cultures. The admission is free and there is a suggested donation.

Thank Jon D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Caveat: I love books and I like history. This place is easy to find (beside the castle), inexpensive to visit and has some of the world's greatest treasures in book-making. Clay tablets from 800 BC! Versions of the Bible written just after Jesus' lifetime! Papyrus...More

Thank cantravnut
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were taken by a guide to this amazing buidingat the back of Dublin Castle. It contains the most comprehensive range od ancient books, manuscripts and parchments dated from early Christianity. Chester Beatty must have spent a huge amount of time scouring the ancient world...More

Thank dggstj
Reviewed 1 week ago

This library, even if you don't have a love affair with books as I do, is spectacular. We found out about it waiting our tour of the Castle, but I thought it was an even better attraction. Beatty collected a most impressive array of ancient...More

Thank GlobalStaci
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is free and it is impressive. The collection of eastern and western religious texts and artwork is fascinating.

Thank Nyree S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many very interesting exhibits in a purpose built library of all kinds of artistic treasures. There is a cafe and,of course, a gift shop on site.

Thank maggie9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The low lit exhibition space showcases one of the world's best collections of art and literature from both the East and West. The airy cafe and atrium provide a delightful place for a coffee break. Photography within the exhibition is not permitted but the bookshop...More

Thank Marcellus61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very impressed by the library and the books. Free entrance and lots to explore. Cafe on site, guide at the entrance and short video before you star to explore. Backdating to 150 AD. A must visit.

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Maura R
15 January 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.
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