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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester, England (Manchester City Centre)
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #1 of 118 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries, Museums, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The University Library of Manchester provides an extensive range of services and resources to actual and virtual visitors.
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North East, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Went on Friday 11.04.14 with my sons (11&9). We did the egg hunt which involved going around the library finding the eggs, recording the names and colours. The boys and I all enjoyed this, and the architecture inside is beautiful.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As a free facility in the city this library is worth a visit .Its a beautiful building,the architecture is magnificent ,true Victorian example

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went to see Library with my husband. We found interesting the Building itself as long as display.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A fabulous, gothic-style building with very interesting exhibits which change often so it's worth re-visiting. If you are a keen photographer, they have special 'access all areas' sessions where they take you behind the scenes. Check the website before you go to see what's on, as it changes regularly. It's worth a look round even if there's nothing on that... More

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I have been a regular visitor to the Rylands library for many years, and have always found the staff to be very obliging and always smiling; especially in the café area. If you haven't tried it, then the next time you're in Manchester, shopping or on business; give it a try - an oasis in the middle of a busy... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I really did enjoy my visit here it truly is a beautiful building and the items inside were impressive i was amazed at how much i enjoyed this trip. I didn't expect to spend so long in there but i really was in awe gorgeous. Don't forget to look at the ceilings!!

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We were on a short break in Manchester and visited the John Rylands Library based on TripAdvisor reviews. So glad we did, the architecture is fantastic and the main reading room is just beautiful. It's worth popping into the old Victorian loos too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Despite living in the city all my life I had never been in there until after the recent renovation work had been finished. If old buildings with fancy shelves are your sort of thing then you should definitely go. The main reading room is stunning and, of course, it's free

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was our third visit to John Rylands Library and cafe. The building is a wonderful place and the exhibits very interesting. The cafe is good value for money, reasonably priced, good quality food. My scone was very good and very large! Big enough to keep me going for a busy afternoons shopping! The staff were very friendly and attentive.... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

it is a nice place in the city but not definately number1 in the city, tons of books and university students' place to study, very impressive.

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