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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Historical library

The John Rylands library is a very old fashioned building. They have full of historical documentary... read more

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Sing ee W
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Quick visit before closing time

We called into here just as it was closing one Saturday afternoon and will go back when can spend... read more

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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
150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The John Rylands library is a very old fashioned building. They have full of historical documentary and popular poets' relics in the library. The customer service is very good and introduce very details to us. They also have tour guide to bring us around.

Thank Sing ee W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We called into here just as it was closing one Saturday afternoon and will go back when can spend more time. It's an amazing library really enjoyed the walk around.

Thank Sarah T
Reviewed yesterday

I would highly recommend anyone who visits Manchester to go and see this historic building and the collection of books. Truly mesmerising.

Thank GallantTraveller
Reviewed 2 days ago

John Ryland's library is a beautiful old building (opened 1900) in the centre of Manchester. When I first moved here, I took the half-hour tour and learned a lot about Enriqueta Ryland, who built the library after inheriting her late husband's cotton money and becoming...More

Thank Kali R
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a huge library and you can spend a lot of time browsing even if you don't read a book. Architecture is amazingly pretty. Check out the ancient printing press. Don't forget to sit down at a desk of the 60's for photo taking.

Thank bypass
Reviewed 3 days ago

John Ryland's is a building well worth visiting in its own right - but if you love history, archaeology or are a bibliophile it is a heavenly feast of extremely rare documents. Have visited many times over the years to research for courses or articles...More

Thank RevDavidGray
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing building to walk around and impressive architecture but nothing much to see or do here . Definitely not for kids, more for those with time to spare and are fed up with walking around the museum again.

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Love this gem of a place, always go once a year just to take in the amazing architecture. It is must if you are in Manchester.

Thank Lisaandtony44
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture with fabulous, well maintained and curated historical artifacts. There are areas of the Library you can work in if you want to work somewhere other than a coffee shop. Well done, beautiful old building

Thank Mo C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a few minutes extra so we took advantage of the free exhibit here. The exhibit was ok but the library itself was far more interesting. The architecture is amazing and the staff is supper friendly.

Thank marcdog4
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11 August 2017|
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Response from Ellanor-Aquitaine | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You can find a map and address on the main TripAdvisor page, or visit here the official website (no html links allowed here) on how to get to the Library. Once inside, although I didn't find a map of the floor plan... More
Suzana A
12 April 2017|
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Response from Foodie1252 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the public are allowed to take photos inside the library.
Andrea M
17 March 2017|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi Andrea we are indeed free and our opening hours are on the website (TA won't let me link to it) copied here for convenience: Monday: 12noon to 5pm Tuesday: 10am to 5pm Wednesday: 10am to 5pm Thursday: 10am to... More