Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

(4.7/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
Chester Beatty Library houses a large collection of Islamic and Far Eastern artifacts, including manuscripts, prints, paintings, rare books, and decorative arts. Established in 1950 to store the vast collections of Alfred Chester Beatty, a well-known mining mogul, the library now attracts both serious scholars and amateur art lovers. The standout among the library's collection of over 20,000 objects is the "Gospel of Mani," the last remaining artifact of Manichaeism, an ancient belief system that originated in Persia. Start your self-guided tour by exploring the first-floor gallery about Beatty's life and career, and end your visit at the rooftop Japanese garden, which offers unrestricted views of the city's emblematic castle. Make Chester Beatty Library a centerpiece of your Dublin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Dublin travel itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is one of my favourite places in Dublin. As a book lover myself, it is just amazing to see all the various historical pieces in this library - you cannot borrow the books so this is actually a mu...  more »
  • well worth visiting - but factor in enough time to read about the exhibits. Nice café there too. Very convenient city centre location. 
  • This is a great place to spend 2-3 hours, but you should like books first. You will see a small portion of Mr. Beatty's collection of eastern and religious books, and it will take your breath away. Th...  more »
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  • Wow! This is a museum and not a library. What an amazing collection he has amassed. His collection is something to truly behold and appreciate. It's totally free and easy to navigate with very detailed signs properly explaining everything. Top floor is dedicated to religions and explains them perfectly. Highly recommended this hidden gem
  • Amazing collection of books ranging hundreds of years and spanning cultures. As I left I was compelled to donate all the money I had on my person. A fantastic cultural resource.
  • One of the nicest museums I've ever seen. Amazing collection of corans, delicate japanese and chinese pieces.
  • An amazing museum. An extraordinary value. This library houses priceless religious artifacts from all major religions in a modern facility that is very well organized. Easily accessible and friendly staff to assist.
  • Great afternoons fun for the kids making Chinese kites which they then flew in the library garden. I watched a film documentary on Chester Beatty and availed of the coffee shop. Hidden gem. Old Dublin.