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The John Rylands Library

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Beautiful building hidden gem

Beautiful building inside and out. Truly represents a history of Manchester. I have lived in the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DLB41
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england
Wonderful place

We went here to take some pictures but this place is actually magical. I love books so we spent... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
flosandra
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Basel, Switzerland
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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
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
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+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful building inside and out. Truly represents a history of Manchester. I have lived in the North West all my life and I was blown away when I went inside.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DLB41
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went here to take some pictures but this place is actually magical. I love books so we spent quite some time in this building. Lovely how they mixed and matched old and new.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank flosandra
Reviewed 3 days ago

Free admission, incredible building with disabled access but I thought the gift shop was extremely expensive

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very nice building, interesting history and great architecture - for free! Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great asset for the city. Free entry. ‘The women who shaped Manchester’ exhibit is interesting (but small). Just looking at the old library gallery is worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Neil B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the centre of Manchester close to Deansgate it is an absolute must to visit when sightseeing in the city. It is free to enter with a donation if you choose. The ground floor is a modern entrance and shop but once inside the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favourite place in Manchester. The architecture is amazing and the book collection is nice too. It reminds me a lot of Harry Potter.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank blndiee
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building that this library is located in is amazing the architecture is grand and sits well in the location. The facilities it has suited my needs and staff were pleasant.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Freedom827892
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building that's well worth exploring. The current exhibition on women who had a great impact on Manchester is well done and very interesting. It's free to visit so I would recommend it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wexfordflyer
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a surprise this building is i loved exploring inside and took some amazing photo's. Loved looking at all the books but with them being such a age they are all in cabinets which is understandable. So much to take in that it makes you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Stephen G
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Hi - no we haven't. :)
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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
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elizashh
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
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