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The John Rylands Library

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Better than expected great gem

This was a great find. So much better than expected. This will suit any age group. Lots of history... read more

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Architectural delight

John Ryland’s Library is so much more than a library its quite hard to put it into words. The... 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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed today via mobile

This was a great find. So much better than expected. This will suit any age group. Lots of history to read and look at. Great section where you can try on hats and have photos with different photo frames. Staff very helpful.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

John Ryland’s Library is so much more than a library its quite hard to put it into words. The architecture is incredible and has to be seen to be believed. Parts of it remind me of Hogwarts and other bits like a set from GOT....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

an absolutely beautiful library with breathtaking architecture. a must visit if you are in the centre of town.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The building is exquisite. Fascinating historical gem in central Manchester. Lovely gift shop with unusual items. Highly recommended.

Thank Carolecazbay
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Can't believe it has taken me this long to visit here. Stunning building filled with treasures and shown in an interesting way. Our 11 years old was so engrossed we temporarily mislaid him. Superb shop too. A must visit.

Thank EmmaS258
Reviewed 6 days ago

This gem of a building is an absolute must - not only for the stunning architecture and the atmospheric reading room, but for the Women who Shaped Manchester exhibition, which is well-presented and thought-provoking. A hugely enjoyable visit.

Thank Alison N
Reviewed 6 days ago

John Rylands Library Deansgate. What a treasure of a library & building this is. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours walking around and enjoying the architecture and the history of the library. Costing nearly a quarter of a million pounds in 1888 and...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you would like to get lost. This a place design for it. Beautiful. Overwhelming. Interiors perfect to read Harry Potter and experience the atmosphere of imagination closed in books. There you feel that human creativity has a good, beauty side

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So worth a visit. Spend as much or as little time as you like. An awe inspiring building and artefacts.

Thank JacIan30
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Victorian gothic architecture for John Rylands library looks more like a castle The easiest way to get to the library is via the free metro shuttle buses.

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Stephen G
12 July 2018|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi - no we haven't. :)
Natalie W
20 March 2018|
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Response from SennonLegend | Reviewed this property |
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
13 January 2018|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
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