Local Attractions #24: Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library is a museum within the grounds of Dublin Castle, dedicated to the exploration & understanding of world cultures & religious traditions. Described by Lonely Planet as one of the best museums in Europe, this award-winning location is a must-see for those visiting Dublin. In fact, the museum is a regular among the Top 5 in TripAdvisor’s “Top Things to Do in Dublin” and sees nearly 350,000 people through its doors on an annual basis.Chester Beatty Library

The museum features a rich collection of manuscripts, paintings, drawings, documents, rare books and lots more from countries across Africa, the Midde East, Asia and more closer to home. The collections are the result of one man – Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875 – 1968) – who amassed this huge collection following visits both personally and through his vast network of advisers and agents. The collection includes papyrus texts from Egypt, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an from the Middle East and European medieval and renaissance manuscripts.


Admission is free for all guests and patrons.

Distance from The West County Hotel
Chester Beatty Library is located 7km from The West County Hotel, or a 25 minute drive. Take Bus 26 from outside the hotel and get off at Stop 406 (Nassau). Chester Beatty Library is located within Dublin Castle, around 5 minutes’ walk from this bus stop.

Contact Details for Chester Beatty Library
Address: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Tel: 00353 (0)1 407 0750.
Website: www.cbl.com.

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