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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #1 of 126 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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North Yorkshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Stunning architecture. Look closely & check out the detail - outside & in. Lots of Gothic detail ie dragons & the like. Good for the kids too. Invest in the machine with the dragon taking tea with the girl - don't take your eyes off it - you will jump!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Even though I've been in Manchester for so long, I've never visited this library. Nice building within Manchester and it actually reminds you a bit of Hogwarts in Harry Potter haha. I would definitely recommend giving this place a visit.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Its quite quite amazing but a little creepy!! Large and still some use of purpose Very fine building dark and carvernous Alas seems to have the usual library staff all more bothered about their own needs than their visitors In a gaggle ignoring visitors seemingly having their own agenda Seems like it could look good on your CV

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London
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98 reviews 98 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Loved this Library, it was beautiful and free to walk around and enjoy. You feel like you are in Hogwarts! The shop also has lots of great things to spend your cash on.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I live in Manchester and have always walked past the John Rylands library without giving it a second look. I advise everyone to nip in and have a look around, it's a fantastic piece of Manchester history.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Very interesting story of how the library was developed and some very interesting and beautiful architecture

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I hadn't been in this building since I was a student. It has a fantastic aura about it and a very Harry Potter feel. A gothic refuge from the busy city. Free as well!

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Cap d'Ail, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What a magnificent building, and what an incredible collection of wonderful ancient books and literature. The architecture is splendid, Mrs Rylands created a true cultural heritage for all generations to enjoy. For lovers of literature this is a visit not to be missed.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

First time I have ever stepped foot in this museum and I have walk past it loads of times but never ventured in. What a visual treat. I am not going to go into much depth about this but just find out for yourself what gothic visual treat you are in for.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Magnificent cathedral- like Gothic structure which has been beautifully restored. The recent extension and new entrance are a model of how to do this sort of thing without ruining a historic building. Mrs Rylands evidently knew what she wanted and was prepared to pay for the very best when she built this place. The original architecture is splendid in every... More

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