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The John Rylands Library

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Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 161 306 0555
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12:00 - 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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After visiting the Makers Market we thought it would be a good opportunity to visit. We have passed the library many times but never been. It's a beautiful building inside and out... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After visiting the Makers Market we thought it would be a good opportunity to visit. We have passed the library many times but never been. It's a beautiful building inside and out and the modern entrance does not detract from the excellent architecture. Look out for the many dragons and mythical creatures in the architecture. The books are beautiful and... More 

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This building is beautiful. It's very Hogwarts-esque and there's plenty to look at. Plus entry is free. Definitely worth a look a round

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Other reviews have covered the architecture and collections far better than I can. The thing to add is to look out for 'Specials.' My personal favourite is that they sometimes do Halloween Horror movies on and around Halloween itself. Imagine the lights down low and the screen casting scary shadows around the magnificently gothic architecture. Then a live pianist plays... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great place to take visitors to the city - impressive architecture and lots to wander round and look at.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great Building, Exceptional collections and very interesting story of possessing them. Among the most unique is tiny papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John that is the oldest "manuscript" of the New Testament!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From first entering you will be amazed at the architecture as this is only the start the books are amazing and just to walk round is interesting well worth the visit if you are in manchester also the tram stop is just outside

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

you can spend a couple of hours looking round. the ceilings are a work of art. then have a snack in the café.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you like a super library this should be on your list. As soon as you step inside you are transformed to another place. The history of this library is amazing and indeed you can feel it when visiting. Well worth a visit

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If you don't pay attention you could loose the opportunity to visit for free a nice place in the middle of Manchester. Interesting building with a beautiful reading room.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic building to look around beautiful ceilings etc what a pleasure to visit and wonderful gesture this family donated this library to the public .

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