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John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
0161 306 0555
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Ranked #2 of 127 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Love visiting this place, o my own with visitors and with friends. So much to see and very well laid out. Its got so much and not widely visited. Never full. Its a must visit.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I stumbled across this place one afternoon and it was a complete delight. If you revel in books and history you will love it - beautiful and inspiring.

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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Its hogthingy meets Gormenghast in terms of architecture, and packed with ancient books and an art exhibition (when we visited).

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Salford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I've been to the library several times and always recommend visitors to MCR go there. It's great if you want 15 minutes of inspiration or if you've got a hours or two to immerse yourself in it's impressive collections and Hogwarts corridors.

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

This little gem is situated in the heart of Deansgate. It is a perfect little escape from all the hustle and bustle that goes on around it. And best of all, it's free! To engage the youngsters, the library occasionally puts on a 'treasure'/information hunt for the little ones. Personally, my favourite spot is the Reading Room, because of all... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I have visited four times. The architecture is incredibly beautiful, and the bookcases filled with old books are lovely to look at too. If you don't want to use the library's resources for research, I would recommend a visit length of half an hour - enough to have a good look round. Don't plan a day out just for this,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I love this place! Every time you visit something else in the architecture grabs your attention. The Reading Room is beautiful provided you like wood, which I do. The peace and quiet helps relaxation and crossword solving. Cafe not too bad, either. A great sanctuary on the odd occasion we get rain in Manc!

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What a beautiful library! We just walked throughout the building in amazement at the building itself and all of the ancient books. Quite impressive to see. Nice stop on the way to do some shopping or maybe on the way to a local pup.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It's such a gorgeous library that definitely worth a visit if you into that kind of thing. And it's free entrance. Totaly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Beautiful architecture, nothing to dislike, the staff were helpful, there is a cafe bar and shop area. There is a lift or stairs

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