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John Rylands Library

Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
Phone Number: 0161 306 0555
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Ranked #1 of 323 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Architectural buildings, Traveler Resources, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The University Library of Manchester provides an extensive range of services and resources to...
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Type: Libraries, Architectural buildings, Traveler Resources, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Amazing building definitely worth a tour if you are around Deansgate. Nice coffee shop too but a bit pricy for Manchester as gallery type places often are. Especially recommend the carol service at Christmas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent little art exhibition by a little known artist hidden in the corridors and one hidden in the reading room, an eye opening photography exhibition in the main entrance and working Victorian toilets; this place is more than just a library.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Loverly peaceful place away from the hustle and bustle of Manchester. The main library, seen in all the Harry Potter movies, is magnificent.

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

An amazing attraction, with so much history. I real bonus for me is that photography is allowed within the premises. The old books there are really worth seeing, & the original text from the Old Testament dating back to 125 AD was stunning. Well worth a visit.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere and architecture, certainly not to be missed! This library has the ability of taking you back in time or at least to meke you fell in a movie

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This library is No. 1 in Manchester so we said that its a must see. The building is amazing to look at in the middle of a modern Manchester street. The inside is again really good (stain glass windows in the reading room are good but not amazing) But there's not a lot more to do. We expecting more from... More 

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Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Ive enjoyed so much visiting all those masterpieces! And the best thing of uk's museums are all free admissions! Can't believe how many Italian masterpieces I've found there. Very satisfied !!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to the library and I have to say it is a stunning building. We were not visiting to borrow books. We were just taking in the atmosphere, it is like being in a Harry Potter scene. Such a lovely place to just wander around and absorb the sheer pleasure of such a well preserved building... More 

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

lovely to see such as old building preserved the way that it has and with so much accessible to the public at no cost - a real rarity. only one criticism, the building is not that informative, maybe make it a little more 21st century and get some digital boards around the place or something similar (difficult to balance so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife and I went on a behind the scenes tour. Free - but you have to book in advance - and fascinating. Only an hour or so but you're then free to look round the various exhibitions. Good food in the stylish cafe.

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