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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Great library - a must see in Manchester.

An ipressive library, an ode to books in general. Nice architecture and the oldest pice of the New... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kinga H
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stunning interior right in the centre of the Deansgate shopping area

Fantastic building with stunning architecture & reading rooms. A working library in beautiful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cheshire UK
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed yesterday

An ipressive library, an ode to books in general. Nice architecture and the oldest pice of the New Testament ever found is exhibited here. Free admission.

Thank Kinga H
Reviewed yesterday

Fantastic building with stunning architecture & reading rooms. A working library in beautiful surroundings with important collections of books. Highly recommmended if only for respite away from the bustle of the city

Thank lovetheunexpected
Reviewed 2 days ago

The John Rylands Library was one of those places I'd known about for years since my days in library school in the 1970s, but hadn't visited before. I enjoyed popping in and looking at the amazing architecture, the dispaly of treasures from the collection and...More

Thank roulstones
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are in the area just go. It's amazing. Balancing perfectly the old and the new, historic preservation and presentation against being effectively in current use allthewhile housing ancient manuscripts being scrutinised and examined on-site.

Thank hadjidemetrious
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This building is heartbreakingly beautiful.... it can sweep you back into history in a moments notice. Don't forget your mirror to stop the neck strain 😋

Thank gailysnaily
Reviewed 2 days ago

A great place to visit; free to enter and steeped in history. Not to be missed if you visit Manchester.

Thank Louise V
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you have an hour to spare I thoroughly recommend visiting the John Rylands library. It is a magical place.

Thank nonchalantjohn1970
Reviewed 3 days ago

For those visiting Manchester, this is one place that would be recommended. The background to the building of John Rylands and how it came to be named demonstrates a rich history of Manchester. In particular, Rylands, being a Cotton merchant had left a legacy in...More

Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The John Rylands library is a very old fashioned building. They have full of historical documentary and popular poets' relics in the library. The customer service is very good and introduce very details to us. They also have tour guide to bring us around.

Thank Sing ee W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We called into here just as it was closing one Saturday afternoon and will go back when can spend more time. It's an amazing library really enjoyed the walk around.

Thank Sarah T
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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.
Andrea M
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