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The John Rylands Library

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Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
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+44 161 306 0555
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Welcome to The John Rylands Library, one of the world's finest collections...

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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Amazing library

The library looked amazing from the outside and it didn't disappoint inside. Loved the way they incorporated the old and the new. It's a must see if you are visiting manchester... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The library looked amazing from the outside and it didn't disappoint inside. Loved the way they incorporated the old and the new. It's a must see if you are visiting manchester. Free entry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a truly remarkable library, from a private foundation with a wide and interesting collection of books and manuscripts. The staff are friendly and obviously enthusiastic about the place and the exhibits are well presented, and with a pleasant cafe and shop

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not being a library buff, I thought this was just going to be another boring library visit. The John Rylands Library is a must a see, a step back in history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the cafe is great - good place to sit and read the papers, lots of local North West produce - nice tea - can watch people coming in and out of the court next door - really great place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They have some great kids activities through out the year. Check their web site for details. Other wise just a lovely peaceful place to visit with a nice cafe

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was how I imagine all library's were in history. I love its architecture and all the preserved old books it has. What a lovely place this is to visit and whisk yourself back in time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to visit if you want a bit of quiet away from the rest of the city. The darkness, the quiet and the beauty of JRL are all a welcome break from the chaos of Deansgate. Go on your own and stare at stuff or take someone for a date. It worked a treat for me!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The library has some stunning architecture and history. The old books are fascinating to look at and the exhibits are very interesting. There was a treasure hunt for our 6 year old niece

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fabulous building now part of University of Manchester but worth a look for lesser beings. Daughter said it put her in mind of Harry Potter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful details in the stone and wooden carvings, colourful stained glass windows and literary collection. Gallery has some fascinating items well worth the visit. It would be lovely if there was more access to the books e.g. regular talks showing some of the special books. The digital display was useful showing special books e.g. Shakespeare works and Illustrations of tropical... More 

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