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John Rylands Library

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Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
Phone Number: 0161 306 0555
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Stunning Building

A truly grand building that can only be appreciated by spending time inside it, free entry and a wonderful place to spend an hour or two.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

A truly grand building that can only be appreciated by spending time inside it, free entry and a wonderful place to spend an hour or two.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

A beautiful building, full of old books (not a Kindle in sight) and free entry ... definitely worth a visit.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I visited the library early on a Saturday morning when visiting Manchester for the weekend. The library is a beautiful place, particularly the main reading room. The exhibitions are really informative. If you visit Manchester, do not miss this place.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

lived in manchester for 5 years, and the only way i can descibe the smell of the library in here is that its like your transported to the unseen university library from discworld because only books in L space can smell this good. From a dyslexic bibliophile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I visited the John Rylands library because of the information and rating on trip adviser and was so glad that I did. There are some wonderful historical collections in the library but the real attraction for me was the building itself. The reading room on the top floor is absolutely amazing. The colourful pictures of the 'saints' was an added... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Didn't believe a library was no 1 on the list of things to do in Manchester but seeing his believing. The old reading rooms are wonderful and still in use.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Interesting building with no entry charge. Staff very friendly and informative. Lots of photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It was because of Trip Advisor that we looked for this in Manchester. It is worth dropping into even for a short while, just to admire the architecture inside.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Situated close to the city centre, a classic old library with interesting collection , originally a private collection of Sir John Rylands, after whom it is named, open free to public, so a must hangout with children when visiting Manchester. The great hall has sculptures of famous scholars.. inspiring to children and adults alike.Great staff and helpful.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A classic old style library, which must be commended on being open to the general public. Lots of old books which give the place a real sense of history and must mark Manchester out as a really ancient seat of learning. The highlight is the tiny piece of New Testament manuscript - the oldest surviving in the world. There are... More 

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