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The John Rylands Library

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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wonderful history

Located in the centre of Manchester close to Deansgate it is an absolute must to visit when... read more

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pedro916
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Harry Potterish

This is my favourite place in Manchester. The architecture is amazing and the book collection is... read more

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Welcome to The John Rylands Library, one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The John Rylands Library is part of The University of Manchester. Please note that we open at 12noon on Mondays and Sundays
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Located in the centre of Manchester close to Deansgate it is an absolute must to visit when sightseeing in the city. It is free to enter with a donation if you choose. The ground floor is a modern entrance and shop but once inside the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

This is my favourite place in Manchester. The architecture is amazing and the book collection is nice too. It reminds me a lot of Harry Potter.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank blndiee
Reviewed 2 days ago

The building that this library is located in is amazing the architecture is grand and sits well in the location. The facilities it has suited my needs and staff were pleasant.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Freedom827892
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful building that's well worth exploring. The current exhibition on women who had a great impact on Manchester is well done and very interesting. It's free to visit so I would recommend it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wexfordflyer
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a surprise this building is i loved exploring inside and took some amazing photo's. Loved looking at all the books but with them being such a age they are all in cabinets which is understandable. So much to take in that it makes you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jessimo
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a fabulous place to visit. I can't believe I've lived in Manchester all my life and never visited before. We went to see the exhibition about Women of Manchester, which was interesting and inspiring, but I think it could have been bigger -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Judith H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Loved looking at the books, and amazing architecture. Staff were very helpful and gave us lots of history about the collection.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank heidiw276
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Probably the best thing you can see in Manchester. I never have enough of this and visit multiple times a year. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kelelost
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Library is free to enter and is amazing, add a little culture to your add and just have a walk round for half an hour. The architecture is incredible a real hidden gem right in the centre of Manchester.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed walk round the library. There was information on each floor regarding the history of the library and the building itself is amazing. Exhibition on first floor was interesting too. Cafe and gift shop on ground floor.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Clare C
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Sorry I’m really not sure? It’s part of the University of Manchester, so not aimed at that age group but they are very welcoming and I would certainly recommend the venue, your daughter will be in awe! I’ve taken my to all... More
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elizashh
January 12, 2018|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi. We have two reading rooms and both are now areas where people doing their own study can come - you don't have to read our collections to use our reading rooms. We've listened to requests for a quiet space and hope you... More
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