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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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A Manchester must

If you've got half an hour to space take a free tour round this fantastic space. Incredible history, beautiful building and all tied in with manchester's exciting and colourful... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you've got half an hour to space take a free tour round this fantastic space. Incredible history, beautiful building and all tied in with manchester's exciting and colourful history. Well worth a visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The visit is free. Each month or so (i think) they change the exposition's theme, which is great so you can discover other old manuscripts and books. There is access for disabled or old person thanks to the lift. Really lovely place, the main room is stunning. It's open every day ( just check for bank holidays).

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is stunning. Not a whole day out by any means but a truly beautiful place to pop into - and it is free. What's not to love?

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I spent three wonderful hours perusing the collections. defo worth the visit. I did often find I had to leave to find a shop to buy drinks as there was not enough vegan options. but didnt put me off going back.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

John Rylands Library is housed in a magnificent late Victorian neo-Gothic building, an appropriate church-like home for its biblical collection. The modern extension compliments the older building in a pleasing juxtaposition of styles. The exhibitions display an interesting collection of biblical texts from the second century onwards. The interpretation though is somewhat disappointing providing little context and the display cases... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The John Rylands Library takes you back in time with its wonderful gothic style building set aside modern architect but it works well. Inside the wooden floors and book cabinets crammed full of historical books gives you a sense of academia back then. Their are quiet bays for modern day studying which you can access any of the historical works... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful place with history and heritage. An old classic gothic building with some modern architecture and design that creates a twist of modernity that really inspires. Would recommend this place to everyone who visits Manchester.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a stop but don't expect to kill too much time here. The building is stunning and like walking through Hogwarts - which most teenagers will always appreciate. Due to it being summer holidays we also benefitted from a surprise hands on experience with some animals from Mrs Boo the Owl to a tortoise then a tarantula and many more.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As one always does when looking for activities to entertain a visiting friend, I checked out the highest ranking place in Manchester. I was really surprised that Rylandds library came up no. 1 and even more surprised at the queue waiting for it to open on a Sunday morning. If you have never been then take my advice and get... More 

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manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Maybe my favourite building in manchester...red sandstone inside and out...built by a devoted widow to the memory of her husband,(the richest man in Manchester at the time..)..wonderful stone carvings,sweeping staircase,libraries oozing with atmosphere,an oasis of serenity on the busy streets of Deansgate Manchester....well worth an hour or two.

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