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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester, England (Manchester City Centre)
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #1 of 118 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful building with interesting exhibitions - a must see in Manchester. Free to visit, but worth spending some money in the cafe.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Cutreous staff, spledid facinating building. Modern entrance is in stak contrast but tastefully attached. Historical building in Manchester which has been well maintained and is a significant feature in the history of the city.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Now it belongs to the university of Manchester. It is a place to share the feeling of both history and modern. You can also find very good reading literature there.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Beautifully restored, lots to see. Nice cafe. They also had things to do for children of different ages. The building is stunning. victorian toilets also worth a visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

If you want a piece of history and appreciate art (and love), visit the John Rylands. The dedication of a woman to her husband cannot be understated here. What a beautiful building. Thanks to those who helped to restore it after the fire.

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The historic reading room is a beautiful, with hundreds of books lining the shelves. The displays show ancient manuscripts. The library has recently been extended, interesting to see old and new working together. Has a café serving good, basic food at a reasonable price.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Visited this wonderful building yesterday It is the finest library I have ever visited Very informative, well laid out with easy to follow directions Staff knowledgeable and helpful Prior to going into the library I visited the cafe Very good would certainly recommend it if you are looking for a lightish sort of menu Good choice of sandwiches and well... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

What a surprise - old and new, world renowned library and a fundamental legal case. There is something for everyone here, whether it is the historic architecture, the heritage books or just a pleasant place to have a coffee and cake. Right in the centre of Manchester and often passed by by most visitors to and inhabitants of Manchester alike.... More

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North East, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Went on Friday 11.04.14 with my sons (11&9). We did the egg hunt which involved going around the library finding the eggs, recording the names and colours. The boys and I all enjoyed this, and the architecture inside is beautiful.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

As a free facility in the city this library is worth a visit .Its a beautiful building,the architecture is magnificent ,true Victorian example

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