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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Beautiful old building full of history. Definitely something harry potter about it. Free to visit... read more

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Amazing building

We visited this library after I was amazed by the pictures I saw posted by many sites. Thus library... 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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  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

Beautiful old building full of history. Definitely something harry potter about it. Free to visit, nice shop. Most people don't even know about it

Thank joanne c
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited this library after I was amazed by the pictures I saw posted by many sites. Thus library is realy rich in history and has a very very beautiful architecture. It worth a visit.

Thank omazuz
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely old building with plenty to look at. Very atmospheric and staff were helpful and chatty. And its free!

Thank Scott M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the most impressive buildings in Manchester.Both the outside and inside are a bit gothic and the inside reminds me a lot of the Harry Potter movies. Definitely go in for a visit if in Manchester, there are many old books on display and...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love this place and I visit everytime I am in Manchester. It is free entry and always offers a new exciting exhibition. Not to mention how beautiful the building is in architecture and decor. Must see!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Free entry and different exhibitions. Amazing old books on display. It felt such an old building in the middle of a modern city

Thank Jill S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited as a means of killing time before a conference relatively close by. I had known of the history of the library for many year but this was my first visit. Absolutely fascinating.

Thank Hughes321
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Ideally situated in the centre of Manchester. Building is very nice combination of the 'old' and the 'new'.

Thank Kathy R
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My son and I loved this building, especially the long gallery. Great stained windows too! The old manuscripts were well exhibited and it was fantastic to learn about the use of various colours and materials used!

Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Architecture of the building itself and the story of its creation is special and the treasures of the library displayed with accompanying information make for a fascinating time. Great to see people using the space for study exactly as intended while we wandered about taking...More

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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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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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