The Chester Beatty Library is situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle in the heart of the city centre. This is a must-see for art lovers and historians.
The library is a two-minute walk from Dame Street (via the Palace Street Gate of the Castle) and close to Christchurch Cathedral
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 Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year' and rated at number 2 in TripAdvisor’s list of recommended Dublin cultural attractions, the library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.
A jewel of a museum, this houses a variety of manuscripts dating from 2,000 years ago to recent times. There are three magnificent room-length scrolls from Japan, describing a legend about Samurai warriors saving the daughters of a town. We were privileged to view ancient religious manuscripts from all religions and learned about the differences in the Far East origins of Buddhism, Hinduism and others. Easily spent a couple hours and still didn't fully see all that was there.