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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #1 of 80 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Museums, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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George Town, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The John Rylands Library is actually part of the University of Manchester Library. The library building of the late-Victorian neo-Gothic era is simply amazing & beautiful . Our family simply enjoyed exploring this lovely library & taking photos of the architectural structure. The library provides an extensive range of service and resources for all visitors. Do visit the Gift Shop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

It's very peaceful and lovely to wander between rooms before rejoining the real world. I have been a few times with visitors who are always impressed with the building. It is good to drop in occasionally.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

friendly staff who welcomed us in to view the building. Spacious with such a comparison with the old late Victorian building and the new. Help freely available. Well worth a visit

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

It always makes my heart soar to walk along old tomes. The building is such a charmer, it even has still-working Victorian toilets. I took lovely photos of architectural details. It's free and certainly worth a look. Also, the little gift shop had some nice finds. I was able to pick up a few Christmas gifts which is always nice... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I always enjoy my visits to this library. Friendly staff and such a beautiful historic keepsake! The library has been kept in immaculate condition and really is a lovely place to visit for a few hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

What can you say about this place? The façade of the building is magnificent. A building to look at. I believe that all Manchester University students have access to this library's Archives, but unless your are an accredited researcher, as I am, you are not able to search their archives without prior accreditation. Not the largest collection of archives, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This building is amazing.superb architecture and full of history.Free entry.It's a " must visit " place to go.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Congratulations to the Rylands....a superb presentation for all tastes. As two grandparents with two grandchildren in tow ,we booked the Here be Dragons exposition for Saturday 6th December 2015..11.30 am roughly.......What a surprise !! The tour of the architectural monsters and dragons was conducted by Mich Robinson and really made us all aware, children and adults of the architectural gems... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Amazing building, superbly renovated. It's a lovely place to while away an afternoon! Lots of sections to discover!

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I can't believe that I haven't visited the John Rylands, given I'm such a lover of books but am I so glad I have now! If you adore antiquated (and I mean earliest fragments of the New Testament antiquated) books, manuscripts and the like then you simply have to visit! The library also has some truly beautiful architecture, vaulted ceilings... More 

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