Inspire Learning at the Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty’s collection offers wonderful learning opportunities and supports a number of key areas in the Irish education curriculum. From art history to world faiths, geography, history, languages, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths), this is the place to bring your students to inspire learning.

Booking School Tours

All school groups must book in advance to avoid disappointment.

A minimum of three weeks’ notice is required for guided tours and a minimum of 72 hours’ notice for self-guided visits.

Image of a school tour as part of the Chester Beatty Schools Programme

Getting Here

The Chester Beatty is situated in the heart of the city centre, within the historic grounds of Dublin Castle. We are a two-minute walk from Dame Street (via the Palace Street Gate of the Castle) and close to Christchurch Cathedral (enter via the Ship Street Gate of the Castle).

We do not have parking available for school buses. However if you require special needs access please contact us directly at

There currently is no lunch room available for schools.


For visitors with reduced mobility, the most suitable entrance is via the Ship St Gate of Dublin Castle, as it is the closest entrance to the Chester Beatty. If you are coming by car and you have a Disabled Person’s Parking Permit or Card, you will be permitted access to the grounds of the Castle, via the Ship Street entrance. The nearest public car park is Christchurch Carpark

The Chester Beatty is a wheelchair/buggy-friendly building, with wheelchairs available free of charge.

The lecture theatre is fitted with a loop system and visitors with guide or service dogs are welcome.

If you have any additional questions or require special needs access please contact us directly at

Code of Conduct

We request that all schools adhere to the Chester Beatty’s Code of Conduct for Tours and Child Protection Policy when visiting the museum. All children must be supervised by their teachers during their visit at all times.

Image of a school tour training, as part of the Chester Beatty Schools Programme

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