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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester, England (Manchester City Centre)
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #2 of 127 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Free entry, and absolutely beautiful architecture - well worth a look, especially as it is so close to the city centre.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Awe inspiring collection of historical documents. Made me think what a tregedy it would be to lose this kind of a treasure. Worth the trip.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building. Our third visit and have noticed different things each time. Don't miss the original toilets. Food here too is very good value.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I'm 33. I live in Manchester. Up until 5 years ago, I'd never really known of the library, and when I did I had this vision of 2 rooms with really old books inside it and dare I say it, thought it sounded a little pretentious with it's "you can't take a book out policy". However it keeps appearing in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit this library on a few-hours-long stay in Manchester on our way to Portugal. It was a good way to pass the time, but I don't think I would have paid money for it. Honestly the building and the actual library set-up were more interesting than the displays. I don't even really remember what exhibits were out... More

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Milton Keynes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

John Rylands library is well worth a visit, its central location means it can be easily reached and the entry is free. For that you get to experience some absolutely beautiful architecture!

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

A long-overdue visit to the John Rylands library did not disappoint. The modern new part has lifts and staircases to the old library. Head for the Reading Room where the silence makes you slow down and look round. In each alcove are shelves of antique books and a desk where people can study in perfect peace. There was a fascinating... More

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Stunning building, Make sure you get the helpful free tourist guide and map from the friendly staff on reception when you enter the building to make the most of your visit. Corridors and reading rooms wonderous - feels like stepping into a Harry Potter film set. Can even visit the working Victorian toilets in the basement. Lots of interesting things... More

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Manchester Architecture at it's finest. When you tire of your shopping trip and want a cool and peaceful haven - a visit here is just the job.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

... good exhibitions, pleasant cafe, close to the centre of town. Pleasant place to spend an hour or so.

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