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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #2 of 126 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

First time I have ever stepped foot in this museum and I have walk past it loads of times but never ventured in. What a visual treat. I am not going to go into much depth about this but just find out for yourself what gothic visual treat you are in for.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Magnificent cathedral- like Gothic structure which has been beautifully restored. The recent extension and new entrance are a model of how to do this sort of thing without ruining a historic building. Mrs Rylands evidently knew what she wanted and was prepared to pay for the very best when she built this place. The original architecture is splendid in every... More

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Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

A building which shows what pride Mancunians have in their city. The exhibition of ancient manuscripts was absorbing. c

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Klang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Eye opener for us foreign tourist for a look at some sample of 16th century books and artefacts. Tons of historical literature up on display for your view.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing building. Admission is free and although it is a library it has the feel of a cathedral and museum. The atmosphere is wonderful, tranquil and the architecture excellent. You can explore or just sit and soak it all up. Even the historic toilets are excellent. A must visit when in central Manchester and the best value... More

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wirral
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Architecture is really impressive; beautifully carved sandstone and stained glass windows. The ancient books and artefacts are very interesting and well displayed. We have walked past this building many times and always intended to go and have a look around, so glad we did and we will go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The place was amazing and it really felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie. Beautiful and we were allowed to take pictures which was great. A must place to visit in Manchester. There is a library cafe that serves afternoon tea for only £8.50. There was so much to eat and the food was good qualilty.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

One of the most beautiful buildings in Manchester and a really quiet and peaceful experience to visit. Often very interesting exhibits there too. The gift shop is good and there is a lovely café.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Wonderful building housing a treasure trove of books. Popped in for 5 minutes, stayed over an hour! So much to look out and enjoy. The staff were very friendly and informative.

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Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a magnificent building. A very clever mix of the old and the new. I attended one of their FREE photographic tours and would recommend this as a "must do". Only one & and half hours but it takes you from the basement right up to the top of the building - seeing all the nooks and crannies that the... More

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