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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 98 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
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: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
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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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

As a Mancunian a visit to this building always fills me with pride for my city. The architecture is simply amazing with sweeping staircases and rooms with exquisite wood carving. So much to spend time just looking at from the books, manuscripts to the lighting stonework. I can recommend a visit here for an uplifting experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Thought we'd pop in to see the library for half an hour and 2 hours later we were still there! Our boys 3 & 6 loved it - the dragon trail held their imagination and we stumbled across the kids tour & story time. Mitch who took us round was brilliant especially his story telling. The library is a beautiful... More 

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Runcorn, Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I've walked past this building many many times and didn't realise it was a lib ray (actually thought it was a church turned in to a library). Decided to go in this time…..wow what a beautiful building, the architecture is amazing!

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Appleton, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Finally got around to visiting the library, have to saw it's as amazing inside as it looks outside. Fantastic architecture, the small details in the stone, the windows, the smell of old books, and the general atmosphere within was so impressive. Photography is allowed of the general building, just not of the books, so will be visiting again soon with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

What a fabulous piece of Manchester history, the first place in Manchester to get electricity, and what amazing architecture

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Mytholmroyd, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

this stunning piece of architecture houses a superb collection of writings from many ages well worth a visit

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Wanted somewhere pleasant to eat and popped in. Food was fresh, staff helpful and friendly and the lunch was value for money.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I love the John Rylands Library. Visiting is like walking into a Gothic novel, I half expect to see Byron and the Shelleys tucked away in some corner. No matter what the temporary exhibits are, its a great place to just wander round

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The library is only small, but it is place worth visiting. There are so many lovely touches to the architecture, and the sculptures they have on all the ceilings are just beautiful. It was a wonderful place to photograph. My friend thought that it had a Harry Potter/Magical... More 

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Bastogne, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If you have the chance to go see this Library.. go ahead, you will not be disappointed. The visit can be quick so you don't have any reason not to stop there. Try the coin machine on the second floor.... you will have a good laugh;)

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