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“An impressive building”

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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Unfortunately we did not give ourselves enough time to explore the library. A remarkably beautiful building. My camera had a mind of its own. It would not stop taking photos. A magical place. The building is a blend of the original and the new. For me it worked very well.
I need to return soon.
We enjoyed a snack in the Café Rylands, nice food from friendly helpful staff

Thank Mel W
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

If you go to Manchester as a tourist, check out this library. It really does feel like you are in a Harry Potter movie. The one site to see in a city without much charms otherwise.

Thank Luc B
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Reviewed January 21, 2014 via mobile

This really is one of the greatest libraries in the world. Still used by students of Manchester University it is a working library, but it is also a fascinating place to explore the history of the written word. The architecture will wow you, but for me what is more impressive is the wonderful atmosphere. This really is a paradise for any bibliophile with rare books, beautiful manuscripts, letters from the famous and infamous, and even the oldest fragment of the Bible!

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Impressive building - worth a browse
Housing a fair amount of original pieces and artifacts that will keep you interested (such as pieces of the bible)

Thank j100lok
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

An impressive building and big with it but for us the much smaller and older Chethams Library on Long Millgate. near the Football Museum. was the better.

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