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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester, England (Manchester City Centre)
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #1 of 121 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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Langstone, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This very beautifully crafted library encapsulates Victorian Manchester's ambition to have the very best. Wonderful gothic arcitecture and a very fine collection of historic texts...bibliophile heaven!

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geneva, switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The architecture alone was a big draw for me. Throw in their precious collection of literature, and I was hooked. You need more than 2 hours to soak everything in. The staff were lovely, and it was so relaxing to sit at their cafe, sip tea, while writing on the local postcards I bought from their gift shop. We went... More

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Rawtenstall, United Kingdom
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142 reviews 142 reviews
52 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I have walked past this build on Deansgate many times and thought it looked an amazing piece of architecture and didn't pay attention to what it actually was until recently. Today decided to go and have a look inside. WOW, the architecture is superb, but there is so much more. The oldest piece of the Bible dating back to 125AD... More

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Rylands Library is a hidden treasure in Manchester. My husband and I spent an interesting couple of hours here looking at the architecture of the building and displays. Anyone who has an interest in history and/or books will love the place. There is a small coffee shop on site and a small selection of gifts are available. There is currently... More

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Brisbane
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We only visited Manchester for one day and are glad we spent time here. The architecture and collection are extremely interesting and beautiful. The staff are friendly and helpful - it was a great visit. Definitely value on any itinerary of Manchester.

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

I have walked past this place so many times and since visitng i have been in twice taking different freinds in. An excellent mix of old and new, full of character and history.

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

John Ryland library is perhaps the most important landmark on Deansgate, Manchester City Centre. If you have a historic interes, this library will meet the most demanding tastes, as it hosts the oldest piece of the bible ever known. In contrast, if your have an academic interest, there is a cosy reading hall in which you can inspire far away... More

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Belfast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The building is a fantastic neon gothic building with amazing detail. Inside has some very interesting historical pieces.

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MAnchester
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I was impressed by this place beyond expectations. Fantastic building and great exhibits, Daltons original lab books and a bible from just 100 AD !

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were totally blown away by the John Rylands Library. It is a beautiful little gem in the centre of Manchester. I have been to Manchester so many times and never realised it was there. The main hall is stunning - it feels really old and the loftiness of the ceiling, the wonderful windows and the woodwork is just stunning.... More

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