The Roof Garden

The garden of the Chester Beatty is divided into a series of different surfaces: stone, hardwood, gravel and ornamental grasses. These lead from the door of the garden to a high point where a large silver birch becomes the focal point. The timber trellises around the garden’s perimeter heighten the feeling of enclosure and reduce the sense of exposure we normally associate with a rooftop.

They also provide a frame on which the climbing plants grow. The climbing plants provide a lush green wall enveloping the garden and giving the space of a soft edge. Windows break through the trellis in places to allow views of Dublin Castle and the city skyline. The south side of the garden is planted with scented herbs, trees and shrubs. In atmosphere and character, the garden is calm.

It was designed as a contemporary Irish garden using natural and indigenous materials. Amongst the plantings you will find heather, silver birch, wisteria, honeysuckle, various aromatic herbs, clematis, box and bamboo.

The garden is occasionally used for museum functions but its principal purpose is to provide an oasis of peace. We invite you to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquillity.

Open today 9:45am - 5:30pm

Tuesday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec

Admission is Free
No booking required
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92