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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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10:00 - 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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"My favorite building in Manchester"

Since I moved to Manchester last year, I keep going back to John Rylands library because the building is absolutely gorgeous and unique.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since I moved to Manchester last year, I keep going back to John Rylands library because the building is absolutely gorgeous and unique.

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Manchester, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The John Rylands Library is situated on Deansgate and is an interesting place to visit. Full of history, the library was built in 1888 by John Rylands' wife in his memory. The main gallery is stunning, and there are also exhibition rooms in other areas, one of which contains an original fragment of the Gospel of John, which is amazing!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful library. Nice to visit for a day out and it's free as well. Has a little cafe where you can buy coffee/tea :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Such an amazing and well-preserved building. A definite must-see for all to appreciate the architecture!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Modern building and cafe surround the old library and provide walkways through the 1st and 3rd floors of the original structure. The stonework on the ceilings and the wooden doorways are remarkably intricate and unique. I found the architecture to be of most interest. There was an exhibition (which didn't really engage me) but walking through the property was great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful building to go and have a wander round, and I saw several groups being given a tour by staff. As a library, completely useless. All the books are viewed by special request only and are sealed behind glass walls to protect them. I went in to do some studying whilst my boyfriend had an appoinment to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Libraries usually aren't on our must-see list when traveling. This is one to see, though. Lots of history, interesting exhibits. Worth a stop!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for a look around before meeting friends. The main bit upstairs featuring the dome is amazing. Such a sight. It's free to go in which is good and the facilities there are great too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not too much to say about this other than I love the new part of the building, which is modern but very sympathetic to the old building. It has very good facilities too making it very accessible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're in Manchester this is a must see !There is no entry fee. My partner and I went to this library twice unforcantly the first time it was closed . So always double check before arriving . We saw a tour being held whilst we where there , I defiantly think it would be worth doing ; just because... More 

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