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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Interesting space

Beautiful design and an interesting space. I enjoyed the small number of exhibits on colour and the... read more

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MixMasterMoll
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Nice library

Its a place that worth visit, I have seen better and bigger libraries but it’s nice and very old... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Greice A
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
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+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed today

Beautiful design and an interesting space. I enjoyed the small number of exhibits on colour and the history of the place. Has a great gift shop and historic toilets - looks like something from Hogwarts. Would recommend a short stop off if you are in...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Its a place that worth visit, I have seen better and bigger libraries but it’s nice and very old. But if you are a student in Manchester there is not a better place to get into your studies.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice establishment with a good shop and clean and interesting rooms. You can also have a picture done wit a Harry Potter hat and gown in an old study chair. Donating is also good fun with a little game box rewarding you (upstairs). Also...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

A must see in Manchester, helpful staff and an amazing place to visit! Alchemist exhibition definitely worth seeing.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It has one of the oldest passages from the book of John. Would recommend this visit as the style of old and new build compared with old and new art.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Worth a quick visit. The architecture and artifacts were interesting. The small piece of papyrus containing words from the Gospel of John believing to be the oldest New Testament text was worth the visit.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This architectural gem is in the city centre The interior is particularly noteworthy Often holds exhibitions and open days

Thank Kate A
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You will not get bored here, that much I can guarantee. It looks like something out of a movie. I went here twice.

Thank MissParachute
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Just went along with friends from work to look at it as it came greatly recommended. Loved it. Great collection-Not a collector myself. The way the ancient books are preserved. Best part was the mirrors for adoring the architecture of the ceilings. Some of the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Some of Manchester is an architectural wasteland, but this is an absolute gem. A piece if history lovingly kept. Have a look!

Thank nick w
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Stephen G
July 12, 2018|
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Nope! Haven't seen one from my 3 visits there
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Natalie W
March 20, 2018|
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Response from SennonLegend | Reviewed this property |
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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