The Chester Beatty Library | Day Out With The Kids

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The Chester Beatty Library

  • Dublin
  • Indoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

The Chester Beatty Library can be found in the grounds of Dublin Castle, which has a great complex of buildings to explore, most of it for free as well, so this is a great location for a low priced family day out with imaginative munchkins!

The library is also an art museum, and has an amazing collection of items from across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Highlights of the collection include European renaissance and medieval manuscripts, Egyptian papyrus texts, the Bible, and beautiful illuminated copies of the Qur'an. Other interesting items include Persian and Turkish miniatures, striking Buddhist paintings and Chinese Dragon robes!

There are a number of resources to help everyone enjoy their visit and encourage them to draw. There are a number of activity packs for kids aged 3 plus, 5 plus and 8 years plus, which include crosswords, puzzles, and a colouring book. The worksheets can be picked up at reception, or you can download them for free online. If you or any older kids would also like to get involved, a free Activity Booklet for adults and teens is also available online.

Opening hours

March - October 
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

November - February
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Free admission

Travel & Contact Information

Address

Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin, County Dublin, IE, null

Phone number

01407 0750

Map

Website

Click here to visit The Chester Beatty Library's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

The Chester Beatty Library has not told us about their parking.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

The Chester Beatty Library has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, The Chester Beatty Library is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, The Chester Beatty Library have stated they are pushchair friendly.

The Chester Beatty Library has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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