Tours

The Chester Beatty offers a selection of tour options when visiting the museum. From free drop in public tours, to private guided tours and self-guided visits, please find all information on tours below.

Image of visitors participating in a guided tour at the Chester Beatty

Free public tours

Free public tours take place every Wednesday at 1pm, Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3pm. Suitable for individual visitors, families and small groups (under 5 participants), these informal tours provide a general introduction to Chester Beatty’s exhibitions. Tours last for approx. 1 hour are free of charge and delivered on first-come, first-served basis, limited to 20 participants.

In Focus Tours

Delve deeper into our galleries and collections with our series of scheduled tours focusing on a particular theme.

View In Focus Tours

Intercultural Language Tours

Free public tours in Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin are scheduled on a regular basis.

View Intercultural Language Tours

Guided Tours (pre-booked)

Private guided tours can be booked online, with a minimum of three week’s advance notice.

Book a Guided Tour

Self–guided visits for groups

The Chester Beatty welcomes self-guided visits, however to make the experience enjoyable for all members of public we ask that the following guidelines are observed. It is essential that all self-guided visits are booked minimum three weeks in advance of the preferred date of visit to ensure entry, especially during busy periods.

Please announce the group upon arrival at the reception desk. The maximum group size is 15. If two groups were booked, please remember they must remain divided into separate sub-groups with designated leaders. Groups of more than 15 will not be permitted into the same gallery at one time.

If you plan to bring a large group that exceeds the booking capacity, please contact tours@cbl.ie and we will endeavour to accommodate you. A minimum of three weeks’ notice is required. Note for schools: the Chester Beatty does not provide space for eating lunches. There is a café within the museum for the general public.

Book A Self-Guided tour

Conversations on Art: Dementia-Friendly Tours

Enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and a tour of our beautiful collections on the first Tuesday of each month at 12 noon. These tours are designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Limited to 10 participants per tour. To book this type of tour, please contact (0)1 407 0766.

View Dementia-Friendly Tours

Closed today

Tuesday to Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 11am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm


Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb

**Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec & Monday Public Holidays.**

Admission is free
Suggested donation €5

Map

Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92