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See Dublin through the eyes of a proud Dubliner

There are many sides to Dublin and even if you’re visiting for only a few days, you’ll probably see them all. Because of the city’s compact size, prosperity and poverty live side by side, especially around the north inner city. However, most Dubliners take a real pride in their city. With good reason, too, as it has so much to offer, from great shopping to world-class galleries and museums. And, ofcourse, a fantastic pub scene.

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Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library

Famous Collection of Oriental and Western manuscripts and art

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Emily Westbrooks

Freelance Writer

The Chester Beatty Library, which is more of a museum than a library, is one of the spots I always bring my tours. If you don’t want to pay €13 to see the Book of Kells, you can visit the Art of the Book for free and see works from all around the world dating back hundreds of years.

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Collection of Oriental and Western manuscripts and art Editors' Note

Many of the finest works from Sir Alfred Chester Beatty’s priceless art collection are housed in Chester Beatty Library. An Irish-American mining magnate with a passion for the East, Chester Beatty settled here in the 1950s and bequeathed his life’s collection to the Irish people in 1969.

Manuscripts, icons, miniature paintings, early prints and objets d'art from Europe and the Far East take you through the differing traditions of belief and learning in the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds.

Beautiful Buddhas, intricate Chinese lanterns, delicate snuff boxes and Japanese woodcuts stand beside illuminated, ninth-century copies of the Koran and some of the earliest Christian scrolls. And if you tire of religious artefacts, a collection of illustrated 20th-century texts includes a storybook by Matisse and charming Parisian fashion plates from the 1920s.

Upstairs is a Zen roof garden, while on the ground floor is the Silk Road café, serving good Middle Eastern-style food, and a carefully stocked museum shop offering postcards, wall hangings, cute toys and even some large furniture pieces.

Chester Beatty Library
Dublin Castle, 2 Dublin
+353 1 4070750
Open May-Sept 10am-5pm Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat; 1-5pm Sun. Oct-Apr 10am-5pm Tue-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat; 1-5pm Sun. Guided tours 1pm Wed; 3pm, 4pm Sun.