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“Do add this one to your "must do" list”

The John Rylands Library
Ranked #1 of 190 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed September 29, 2012

A peaceful haven...Once inside away from the hustle and bustle of one of Manchester's busiest streets...Deansgate you'll find John Ryland's Library a masterpiece of Victorian gothic architecture.
Built in the 1880's and now part of the University of Manchester it houses a hoard of interesting books and manuscripts in the most beautiful setting. Apparently this building took 10 years to build and you can certainly appreciate why when you observe the fine structural detail.
I would without doubt recommend you to include this in your itinerary or just have a relaxing mooch around if you're in town with a friend and have a coffee and cake in their tempting coffee shop. It's open very day with shorter hours on a Monday and Sunday.
So glad I've had the pleasure of visiting this little jewel of Manchester's heritage several times. Never tire of it.

Thank vanillaskyz
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

fantastic building to visit the architecture is superb a visit here should not be rushed lovely tea rooms an oasis of calm that far to little know about

Thank samantha r
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Dragged here against my will by my beloved - a native of Manchester and was absolutely delighted she did. Wonderful architecture, some incredibly interesting books and some really good displays

Thank CRX
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Entry is via the new add on at the side of the old building. There are free audio tours,a good shop and a nice cafe all on the ground floor. Take the lift or walk up the new staircase to the various floors. We found the floor descriptions a tad confusing but after exiting the lift on the wrong floor a couple of times...we eventually found The Grand Hall,with it amazing book collections. It was awesome! A must to see for every Mancunian and visitor to our city.

Thank Annie52
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Wonderful building, free exhibitions and a nice coffee shop. The reading room is very impressive with stain glass windows and statues.

Thank Weedkiller1
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