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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I visited the John Rylands Library in late February of this year,to meet up with a friend of mine.When you first visit this place,i was taken back by the actual detailed architecture outside the library and when we went inside,was amazed how it has stood the actual test of time,its a very old building maybe late 18th century to early... More

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Durham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Free to visit and very impressive building once inside. Must admit when I lived in Manchester 40 years ago I had never been inside but often admired the architecture from the outside. The inside is very church like and I particularly like the way the new extension has been joined onto the old part.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Take a quick trip into John Ryland's Library - you'll feel like an extra from Harry Potter walking through the ancient corridors of Hogwarts. There are spectacular rooms to wander through and the main reading room is just wonderful. Helpful staff available if you need to access any archives. Gift shop available too. Don't come and see Manchester as a... More

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manchester
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Having lived in Manchester for 25 years, never visited until introduced by my daughter, it is a beautiful building inside and out and has a fantastic collection. Well worth a visit

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

So as a librarian I love books, and love this place! Must visit the cafe. Amazing cake, vintage china. Normally not too busy, so you can relax, bring a book. Excellent teas

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Everything it's cracked up to be--interesting, well presented, best library I've been in--and I've been in quite a few.

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Halifax. England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

An absolutely beautiful building both inside and out. The architecture was amazing spent so much time looking up, before we even looked at thee book. Displays were well set out and also things for kids to do. Well worth a visit.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Up to the impressive reading room- beautiful building and congratulations to the city and university for concerving it

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Built by John Rylands widow the eponymous library houses some of the worlds rarest and most beautiful books . A treat for any one interested in architecture ,rare and fascinating manuscripts , illuminated books and so much more.

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Langstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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