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John Rylands Library

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Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
Phone Number: 0161 306 0555
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The University Library of Manchester provides an extensive range of...
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There are, of course, lots of books. But this is not a library like any other. If you want to read the books, you need to make an appointment and provide evidence of who you are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

There are, of course, lots of books. But this is not a library like any other. If you want to read the books, you need to make an appointment and provide evidence of who you are and the nature of your research. What you can read are the descriptions of the extraordinary items on display in 'museum-like' rooms. Like the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This library is situated right next to the Spinning Fields area and the entrance is absolutely free. Great architecture that really looks more like a cathedral than a library. It was definitely fun to see an old school library and remind ourselves of the importance this places had until a few years ago. Has a great accessibility for people with... More 

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Amazing building. Even if you are not into books or libraries, you need to visit it. Dragons and other creatures to look at the ceiling. The main reading hall will remind you the scene from Harry Potter. There is always something interesting going on and some free tours, just check the website. Downstairs there is a nice café.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Free, lovely, quiet, wonderful! Can definitely compete with the library of trinity college in Dublin. But here, you are actually not surrounded with a million other tourists!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Building in Spinning Mills area of Manchester. Definitely worth a visit if in Manchester. Beautiful pockets and quiet spaces inside the building. Interesting exhibitions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having had afternoon tea at John Rylands my friend and I decided to go into the library itself as we had never been in, all I can say is Wow what an impressive building, more like a church/ cathedral

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This place is a hidden gem, its got so many stories and tales attached its brilliant .its like stepping into the city's past very well set out and an interesting day out for the family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A must-see for anyone visiting Manchester. A fantastic building inside and out. The beautiful galleries and reading rooms are free to visit. The collections on view include papyrus fragments, books printed by William Caxton and a first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Have meant to call in here for years and popped in last year whilst on a day trip to Manchester - I've walked past so many times - from the front you would never know what lies behind the street front facade which is literally only a minute or two's walk away from the main shopping area in Manchester city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building has some great exhibits and exhibitions well set out and interesting staff helpful

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Additional Information about John Rylands Library

Address: Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
Phone Number: 0161 306 0555
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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