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Chester Beatty Library free

Great Ship Street | Dublin 2 | Official website
Chester Beatty Library
  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The Chester Beatty Library is said to be one of the most notable museums in Ireland. As Fodor's puts it: "Housed in the gorgeous clock-tower building of Dublin Castle, and voted European Museum of the Year in 2002, the library is one of Dublin's real gems." Recent visitors tend to echo experts' praises. One TripAdvisor user writes: "A must see while in Dublin. Very informative, wonderful displays. Very interesting." One of the best parts about this museum? It's free.

Named for mining millionaire and avid collector, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, this museum showcases the many objects he accumulated throughout his life, from Babylonian clay tablets to 250 different manuscripts of the Koran. The library is broken up into sections: the first floor is dedicated to books, featuring examples of literature from all over the world, while the second floor pays homage to religion in all its forms. There is also a garden, a shop and a restaurant.

The Chester Beatty Library neighbors Dublin Castle in the city center. Guided tours are free, but you're also welcome to peruse the collections on your own time. Hours of operation vary depending on the season. For more information, visit the Chester Beatty Library website.

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