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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Lovely & amazing architecture

I don't think a lot of people realize what a gem this place is, full of amazing historical features... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Camille P
A fabulous building with a stunning library

The John Ryland’s Library is situated in a truly fantastic gothic building. Currently they have a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ole S
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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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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed yesterday

I don't think a lot of people realize what a gem this place is, full of amazing historical features inside :) this place is free entry :) upon arriving, staff were really lovely. and they will give you a map of the place. if you...More

Thank Camille P
Reviewed yesterday

The John Ryland’s Library is situated in a truly fantastic gothic building. Currently they have a special exhibition about the Reformation featuring a letter signed by Martin Luther and rare copy of Luther’s 95 theses. It is worth a visit!

Thank Ole S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Serious place to visit while you are on "tourist spree". It allows you to calm down, think and appreciate architecture. You can take pictures. You can watch. You can go to the true Victorian loo. Good experience:)

Thank ThatGrumbler
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place has got everything: neo gothic architecture in combination with a rigid modern annex, art nouveau bronzes, original electric lights, several collections of rare books, old furniture... And friendly staff to give additional information. I will keep this building forever in my heart.

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 3 days ago

A wonderful building holding treasures, so well laid out to preserve the building yet modern so access is easy.

Thank CheshireSammi
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit here, even if you think it's just a boring library it's definitely not!! Brilliant architecture and a story behind it that's well worth listening to, definitely recommend.

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Simply one of the best libraries I've seen over the world, it's more like a church. A must visit for sure

Thank moeafifi
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful building, felt like a step back in time. Easy to get around and lots of staff to help. Recommend taking lift to top and working your way down. Not really a good place for young children...attention can run out! Well worth a visit

Thank Paddy79Lisburn
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting and impressive place. Beautiful building, some very special books. Pays to visit the "old style toilet"😆

Thank Tehilla B
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must see for anybody visiting Manchester. The story that surrounds its foundation is very interesting and the building itself is like no other library I have seen. Well worth a visit and make a donation - places like this need assistance for...More

Thank Brian H
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12 September 2017|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi Magshiel at the moment we don't have a coffee shop. We are reviewing our service and planning to re-open it in the next few months. There are lots of places to enjoy refreshments nearby and we can advise you when you... More
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.