We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The John Rylands Library

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Save
Share
Review Highlights
Beautiful inside and out

You feel like you might be in Hogwarts on the inside. Great exhibition of Influential Women of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lindalpipe
,
Pleasanton, California
Day out in manchester

Had a lovely time here interesting place and I didn't know it was here all these years well worth a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Turtlegirl24
,
Manchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 4,740 reviews
2,219
All photos (2,219)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“harry potter”(139 reviews)
“reading room”(170 reviews)
About
Welcome to The John Rylands Library, one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The John Rylands Library is part of The University of Manchester. Please note that we open at 12noon on Mondays and Sundays
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Manchester
Contact
150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
Website
+44 161 306 0555
Call
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Manchester
from $22.70
More Info
from $16.00
More Info
from $46.80
More Info
from $16.00
More Info
Reviews (4,740)
Filter reviews
4,067 results
Traveler rating
3,030
934
99
4
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
3,030
934
99
4
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews beautiful building harry potter reading room gothic architecture new testament modern extension worth a visit old building free entry on display gift shop visiting manchester great place to visit city centre couple of hours afternoon tea hogwarts
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 4,067 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

You feel like you might be in Hogwarts on the inside. Great exhibition of Influential Women of Manchester.

Thank Lindalpipe
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely time here interesting place and I didn't know it was here all these years well worth a visit architecture is beautiful and so many books and statues and a small room with display cases to with various clothes and other interesting things...More

Thank Turtlegirl24
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great opportunity for my daughters friends and schoolmates to have an appreciation of the university and from the founder John Rylands and the historical reference library. Well worth a visit!

Thank Helen J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The architecture is absolutely sublime as is the interior design. A must visit and remember to donate.

Thank Downthecloud
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Love this place . If you visit Manchester you have to see this library. It is beautiful and his toric. It always facinates everytime I go. It usually has a new exhibition every few months. It even featured in peaky blinders. It has unbelievable collections...More

Thank Debbie a
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was with a friend and we had a little time to spare one Saturday afternoon, so we decided to find the John Rylands Library. We're so glad we did! It's a fantastic building which oozes character and history. Well worth a visit.

Thank Souwester147
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Going through the modern main entrance you don’t really expect there to be an old library hidden inside! Walk through the cloisters to the library - 2 rooms with very old books. It would be nice to get an over view of what books are...More

Thank Lottelli
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is quite an unusual place; loads of antique books and manuscripts, all housed in a wonderful building. I only went for a browse but I'm sure you could find lots of academic stuff as there were a few students there working. Some really interesting...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 1 week ago

At last a Neo-gothic building that impressed me, the soaring ceiling takes the breath away, and the ceiling bosses possess a deal of humour not usually associated with the period. The staff were extremely welcoming and informative, and the only real minus point for me...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love how the gothic architecture is joined by a modern extension adjacent to it. The contrast of old and new. The size is not huge, we only spent about 45mins to 1 hr looking around and for the exhibition. Is definitely worth for a...More

Thank Jade_lifestyle
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 123 nearby hotels
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
6,254 reviews
.19 miles away
The Lowry Hotel
3,070 reviews
.22 miles away
Motel One Manchester-Royal Exchange
362 reviews
.23 miles away
King Street Townhouse
977 reviews
.24 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2,532 nearby restaurants
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
2,569 reviews
.07 miles away
Australasia Restaurant and Bar
3,882 reviews
.01 miles away
Grand Pacific
595 reviews
.04 miles away
Bill's Manchester
753 reviews
.07 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 625 nearby attractions
St. Mary's Church
173 reviews
.10 miles away
Abraham Lincoln Statue
29 reviews
.11 miles away
Siam Thai Massage
101 reviews
.05 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Stephen G
July 12, 2018|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi - no we haven't. :)
0
Votes
Natalie W
March 20, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from SennonLegend | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I’m really not sure? It’s part of the University of Manchester, so not aimed at that age group but they are very welcoming and I would certainly recommend the venue, your daughter will be in awe! I’ve taken my to all... More
1
Vote
elizashh
January 12, 2018|
AnswerShow all 12 answers
Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi. We have two reading rooms and both are now areas where people doing their own study can come - you don't have to read our collections to use our reading rooms. We've listened to requests for a quiet space and hope you... More
1
Vote