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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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12:00 pm - 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
Description: The University Library of Manchester provides an extensive range of...
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Historically magical,Comfortably modern

I live in Manchester and there are endless sights and experiences for all ages.John Rylands has been refurbished (2007)and I was very apprehensive about the modernization for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I live in Manchester and there are endless sights and experiences for all ages.John Rylands has been refurbished (2007)and I was very apprehensive about the modernization for fear it would detract from the original historical atmosphere.I need not have worried as any work undertaken has truly enhanced the entire experience.You are advised, I feel,to attend a guided tour to get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were in Manchester for an eight hour layover and decided to hit the #1 and #2 attractions on Trip Advisor. This was a neat sight but we didn't really spend that much time here. I appreciate that it was free!

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

You can spend some time at this wonderful place of history, well worth a visit for the young and the old alike, and the cafe's not bad too!

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Poznan, Poland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

JR Library is located in the city center in one of the most beatifl buildings I have ever been to. Inside you feel like you enter Hogwart. You are just waiting for stairs to move. Beatiful old interior, lots of amazing old books, many interesting stuff to watch and read about. It is free, you can go just to look... More 

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Staffordshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Firstly - the people that have left poor reviews here should be ashamed of themselves. Yes Tripadvisor is about opinion but seriously to mark poor because it opened 15 minutes late ridiculous.... Anyway that said - I and my colleague had a fantastic visit. Having arrived in to Manchester slightly earlier than expected we went for a walk. Along the... More 

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you are even in the slightest bit interested in libraries and books this is a must do. Its fabulous, and was all the creation of a woman!

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Absolutely loved visiting here, so chilled out and stunning architecture, great place to get a feel of history the minute you walk through the door

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I was born and raised in Manchester. This place is for everyone! I have visited JRL many times. The modern entrance and facilities are outstanding but the craftsmanship of the building is unforgettable. The attention to detail. All aspects are amazing. The enthusiasm of the guides and all staff is infectious.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A major variety of different reading material, part of the MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. Lovely building and very helpful staff.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A real jewel in the Manchester Crown.Make sure you include it on your itinerary if your visiting the City any time. All you culture vultures will love it.

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