The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle

Address: Dame Street, Dublin Castle, Dublin, 2, Ireland
Telephone: 01 677 2397

- Free


Marvel at treasures from around the world in the Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle.

The Chester Beatty Library exhibits artistic treasures of the cultures and religions of Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.  It's arguably Dublin's best museum and one to share with someone special. Gaze in awe at Egyptian papyrus texts, illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible and European renaissance manuscripts from about 2700 BC to the present day. Awesome. The Silk Road Café in the Library is delicious for a snack or meal.

The Chester Beatty Library was awarded European Museum of the Year in 2002 and is located in Dublin Castle, a 13th century Viking fortress, formerly a prison, treasury and courts of law. Take a tour through Dublin Castle for only 5euros, then trot across Dame Street to explore the cobbled streets of Temple Bar.  

Value for money

Price advice

Chester Beatty Library is free while Dublin Castle tours cost 5euros. 

Expert tips

Book a free guided tour by phoning 01 4070772.

Tour Dublin Castle for 5 euros.

Don't miss Cows Lane market in Temple Bar on Saturdays.

Eat in the Silk Road Café in Dublin Castle.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Romance
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture