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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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10:00 am - 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
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Enriqueta's beautiful legacy

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying this is one place you incredibly somehow managed to miss when you walked along Deansgate. However once noticed, ironically, you'll regard it as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying this is one place you incredibly somehow managed to miss when you walked along Deansgate. However once noticed, ironically, you'll regard it as the most noticeable and perhaps the most majestic building in Manchester. The insides do not disappoint and houses treasures such as books from Chaucer and Shakespeare, along with one of... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit for the building itself. A real gothic palace but cleverly bonded to a contemporary extension. We had no great interest in old books but the guide who led us around made really interesting and relevant.

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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Worth it just for the architecture alone but also had some very interesting displays & exhibitions. Free entry! I guess the only thing I would say is that I found it very hot inside and so perhaps didn't spend as much time looking at the exhibits as I perhaps would have done.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We went to visit the John Rylands Library, knowing very little about it beforehand. What a stunning building, especially The Historic reading Room. Lots of exhibits to look, and though I would say I am not particularly interested in old books, the exhibits certainly kept me interested. Lovely staff greet you as you go in, and in other parts of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Don't blink or you'll miss it. This hidden gem lies nestled between busy high reaching buildings but is a must see when in Manchester!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband told me about this place at Christmas and I've been three times since. It's a fantastic place. The staff Are extemelu helpful, informative and clearly have a real pride in their place of Work. The library itself is absolutely stunning. The books in there going back to the 16th century. The cafe is jut lovely and a very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Only really saw the second floor, but it's completely stunning. I will definitely be going again when I have plenty of time to explore!

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Wonderful and unique place. Helpful staff - I recommend the guided tour, you'll learn more about the library and about Manchester.

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Not a place to borrow books but free to admire the interior architecture. Not just for the academics but the man in the street and families will be impressed. Ideally it is better to join one of the many organised tours to really appreciate the place. There is a gift shop and a cafe so an ideal bolt hole on... More 

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Reading UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Superb 'gothic' building beautifully preserved and maintained - wonderful library and reading room with excellent exhibits - hard on the feet but very good cakes!

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