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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Amazing environment

Well worth finding , probably unlike any other library we have been to, more like a grand cathedral... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sydney, Australia
Such a beautiful building.

A must see in Manchester even if you are not into libraries. Classic Victorian architecture - more... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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

Well worth finding , probably unlike any other library we have been to, more like a grand cathedral inside. Entry is free and there are some fascinating exhibitions to peruse also.

Thank INBtripz
Reviewed yesterday

A must see in Manchester even if you are not into libraries. Classic Victorian architecture - more like a cathedral than a library. Check out the original Victorian loos! And it's free to look round!

Thank llwchwr
Reviewed yesterday

not exciting and maybe not great for kids or people poor atention span but it is and important part of Manchesters past , present and our future so if you can, pop in and spend and hour or two soking up our first rate culture...More

Thank peteupManchester
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I am ashamed to say that this is the first time I have been in here and having worked opposite for ten years there really is no excuse. What a truly mesmerising awesome place, stunning building architecture and a wealth of history make this place...More

Thank DiA488
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is an extraordinary place. The collection of books and history are amazing. Even if you arnt a bookworm, the building itself is Gothic, and breathtaking. It's almost like walking through an old film. Even the new added on architecture on the way out doesn't...More

Thank Graham H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an hour to kill before Afternoon Tea at Manchester house so called in. A beautiful building and not as old as I thought. very interesting history behind it and the level of detail was amazing. Well worth another visit.

Thank Christine D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What an amazing place and why do so many people miss this or don't even know it's here - right on Deansgate - cmon people!!! Beginning with a fusion of new building into old and then the fabulous library; personally I just love the gothic...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Real tea with tea leaves in the cafe. Good old Manchester. Let's all take our tea more seriously. Found the library full of interest and the backstory equally so. Thoroughly recommend a visit.

Thank Discriminat0r
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful mystical magical tour. If in Manchester and having a couple of hours off, this place is definitively worth a visit. More like going into Harry Potter Galthworts` universe. Great experience, you would`t imagine this being an up to date library where people in fact...More

Thank 414toneea
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stunning architecture, great history and a joy to observe people still using it to study/research/read (albeit with laptops not just books!). A very warm, cosy atmosphere despite the size. Well informed staff who were more than happy to answer questions. Highly recommend.

Thank LisaKalugin
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Suzana A
Hi. Are the public allowed to take photos of the interior side of the building? Do we need to register or something? And also.. may I know if the library opens on next Monday 17th April 2017? Thanks!
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
hi is it free in ?? and from what time and till please...thank you.
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
Are baby's allowed?:)
13 February 2017|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hello darsie84 yes we welcome everyone. We have baby changing facilities and our building is accessible so please do bring baby! Hope you enjoy our beautiful building. We also run a toddler tales storytime on the first... More