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The John Rylands Library
Ranked #1 of 191 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Walked past the library many times in the past, never thought of going in. The interior is epic, beautiful architecture, vaulted ceilings, church- like corridors, packed with historical atmosphere. The main reading room is just stunning and currently houses an exhibition about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange. You can see rare props from the film, photographs and the authors typewriter amongst other documents. The smaller rooms housing the massive collection of books house smaller exhibitions and explain the history of the library founded in 1898. You can see some ancient egyptian papyrus dating from 250 AD, and also some handwritten letters from Charles Dickens. A wonderful place to visit, there is also an inexpensive cafe/ shop and a free audio guide is available at the front desk. I didnt use it as I just wanted to explore.

Thank stormyweather1983
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

You can wander at will and admire the architecture as well as the exhibits. There is a lovely atmosphere and a very good cafe.

Thank christine k
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

this place is worth a visit for the architecture alone. there are lots of interesting things to look at and to learn about. worth a visit and the cafe is good too.

Thank relais_chateaulover
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

What a beautiful building. And the tea house was great. Affordable
Great service. Easy to find and a nice open space to meet friends, after visiting the frantic Xmas markets.

Thank RufusBrisbane
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Called in here on a walk through Manchester. Last came here years ago to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and it was lovely to call in again as I did not appreciate how beautiful the building was all those years ago.Don't walk past it call in.

Thank JMJAE
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