The John Rylands Library
The John Rylands Library
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • St Peter's Square • 6 min walk
  • Exchange Square • 8 min walk
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  • Sophie
    Boston, Massachusetts29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    I almost didn't go, because I figured, do I really need to see another old building, however beautiful? Turns out, yes, I did. It's beautiful and sometimes appealingly creepy. It's Céline Dion goes to Hogwarts. Magnificent. The exhibit on workers' leisure time in the industrial era was a nice bonus, but it wasn't even necessary to my enjoyment.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Plattypuss52
    824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not seen a library like this before!
    We stumbled across this during a day wandering around the sights of Manchester. Although we were aware of it , we weren’t sure whether we should go in. We did and were amazed by the grandeur off the building and the story behind its construction. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • HJasmine
    Manchester, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    This is a stunning gothic-style building that is worth visiting for the architecture alone. There was a very interesting Dante exhibition when we visited, but I believe they routinely have various exhibitions on. A great free attraction in Manchester!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • permia
    61,423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Esteemed institute
    Superb both architecturally and for the precious volumes it hold in trust. In Neo-Gothic style it is highly ornate with exquisite features, both interior and at the facade. Its collections include priceless historical documents and volumes plus letters and personal papers of famous writers and scientists.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Daniel M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and stunning architecture.
    Me and my fiancee decided to go for an impromptu tour around this wonderful and educational building and we were not disappointed. Although it was a Saturday lunchtime and therefore a bit busy for my liking, it is to be expected at that time and I can understand why so many people would want to visit this place as the architecture alone is stunning. There is an abundance of information about the library and its history and much more on top of that. If you are visiting Manchester or even if you are a resident, I highly recommend a visit. If you are a fan of history and want to learn more about Manchester then you will not be disappointed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • andrea F
    Little Lever, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    If visiting Manchester, visit this place as its beautiful. Truly the most beautiful library I've ever seen. The architecture is outstandingly impressive. Victorian, gothic building that was gifted to the people of Manchester. To read the books I believe appointments have to be made so do check. An enormous array of allsorts. Fabulous.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Madeline W
    London, United Kingdom53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I liked it better with no influencers
    I have always loved popping into the John Rylands for a quick refresh of architecture and space and calm. Sadly, it has been taken over by influencers and people doing impromptu photo shoots. Yes, it is a beautiful building but it is difficult to enjoy with all of that nonsense happening around you. All of that aside, it is a lovely place full of exciting and fascinating exhibits and is a nice oasis on Deansgate.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Aimee H
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The truth about John Ryland
    We went on a class trip to John Roland's library. The first impression when we came in was the structure of the building, it's awe-inspiring. As we wondered around, we discovered a lot of things, such as statues and English literature. We read about how the building was established. If you want to know about the history of literature, it's a good opportunity go to this place. WE LOVED IT!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 12 January 2024
  • L5162TIhelen
    Thirsk, United Kingdom48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very atmospheric building - a temple to learning
    An amazing building that I had always wanted to see. The atmosphere was very special and it must be a great place to read in, though the lovely period lighting is quite low! Just a shame the cafe was no longer available.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Rachel P
    London, United Kingdom61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to John Rylands
    Lovely visit to a beautiful library. It was over Easter weekend so relatively busy, as in we had to queue. It is really interesting to see the figures inside and think about the history of Manchester. Wish I’d spent more time there when I was a student in Manchester.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
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andreaz332018
Lake Macquarie, Australia38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
What a fabulous building. I had read up about Mister Rylands’ history and that of the library before visiting, so I was reasonably well informed. Thank goodness, because information was non-existent inside the library. With one exhibition space closed and little signage I felt a little lost in this disjointed space. I appreciate that a visit is free, but I’d rather pay a fee and get a guided tour than aimlessly wandering about.
Written 9 May 2024
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Xuan D
Leeds, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
visit with my 5 year kid. she doesn't know too much about history or old architectures but she likes the status and beautiful windows glass.
Written 24 April 2024
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Scutt
Gold Coast, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The John Rylands Library was a true hidden gem! Its stunning architecture and vast collection of rare books and manuscripts transported us to another era.
Written 23 April 2024
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mayccm2018
Hong Kong, China972 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It was opened to the public in 1900. Excellent historical site in Manchester city center. The library was extraordinary gothic-style building had numerous valuable extensive collections of books and the interior design was beautiful and impressive. The librarians were helpful and friendly. Convenient location. Free admission. Absolutely recommend.
Written 19 April 2024
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Rachel P
London, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely visit to a beautiful library. It was over Easter weekend so relatively busy, as in we had to queue. It is really interesting to see the figures inside and think about the history of Manchester. Wish I’d spent more time there when I was a student in Manchester.
Written 6 April 2024
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Ellie
Derbyshire, UK268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A truly magical library. I have been a few times now on trips to Manchester, and I can't resist finding a corner to do some writing. Magical- a real Hogwarts feel!
Written 27 March 2024
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Scenic39065709001
Colne, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Absolutely stunning.
So much history, fascinating exhibits and just a really atmospheric place.
Absolutely recommend.
Written 25 March 2024
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L5162TIhelen
Thirsk, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
An amazing building that I had always wanted to see. The atmosphere was very special and it must be a great place to read in, though the lovely period lighting is quite low! Just a shame the cafe was no longer available.
Written 13 March 2024
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CarolinePenkett
Keswick, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Inspirational!! Beautiful building. Such an interesting exhibition on the political figures of Manchester and connections to anti slavery, gender equality, anti racism and vegetarianism! Fascinating
Written 22 February 2024
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Kayra U
United Kingdom19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a lovely place I love John rylands it’s very good things including the books, the books are very thick and tall normally in these days books will be short but that one is very tall but very good I love history, best historic place I have been to 😁
Written 15 February 2024
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