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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The John Rylands Library

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
Phone Number:
+44 161 306 0555
Website
Today
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

Welcome to The John Rylands Library, one of the world's finest collections...

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

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 3,285 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 2109
    Excellent
  • 692
    Very good
  • 81
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Historic and beautiful building still in use

Fabulous building now part of University of Manchester but worth a look for lesser beings. Daughter said it put her in mind of Harry Potter.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed today
PennyW
,
Chester, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

3,285 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 2,885: English reviews
Chester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
160 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Fabulous building now part of University of Manchester but worth a look for lesser beings. Daughter said it put her in mind of Harry Potter.

Helpful?
Thank PennyW
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Beautiful details in the stone and wooden carvings, colourful stained glass windows and literary collection. Gallery has some fascinating items well worth the visit. It would be lovely if there was more access to the books e.g. regular talks showing some of the special books. The digital display was useful showing special books e.g. Shakespeare works and Illustrations of tropical... More 

Helpful?
Thank juliethetraveller123
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a library which not only has some of the best historical books on display anywhere, but is housed in a building full of wonderful architecture with its own history. The story of the library is both touching and revealing in that it shows the passion of its original creators and the innovation used to preserve the books in... More 

Helpful?
Thank therealduffers
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing building,only went to have a quick look but stayed nearly an hour....well worth a visit, terrific architecture and nice quiet areas to read study etc

Helpful?
Thank 6ics6
Manchester
Level Contributor
253 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lived in the area all my life and yet never contemplated a visit before. How I regret not visiting before. A truly wonderful building, impressive collection of literary works and a truly enjoyable visit.

Helpful?
Thank Alan M
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Popped in by accident. The actual building itself is breathtaking even the antique gents toilets Also opened my eyes to Jeff Nuttall Can't wait to return

Helpful?
Thank chriseatsart
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting building but not sure what the point of the whole thing is The book collections are very random although you cant read them as they are all behind glass I would recommend going on the guided tour for proper understanding (which we missed) or risk being a bit bemused as we were

Helpful?
Thank NigelG1965
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An unplanned visit... just called in as we were in the area. A beautiful building and helpful staff. Thoroughly enjoyable

Helpful?
Thank Melanie L
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

very impressive library to visit and stay for some reading. but My son and I got allergy on 3rd floor where you can sit in a cabinet. I couldn't stopping coughing and my son's eyes got itching. That is usual reaction for us when we have allergic reaction. We went out and our allergic reaction stopped.

Helpful?
Thank SarahX15
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

stunning, beautiful building, takes you back in time, and the definition of what a real library is. has facinating exhibitions and always a winner when showing new people around manchester, complete with the cute cafe on the ground floor.

Helpful?
1 Thank Sophie J

Travellers who viewed The John Rylands Library also viewed

Manchester, Greater Manchester
Manchester, Greater Manchester
 
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Manchester, Greater Manchester
 

Been to The John Rylands Library? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The John Rylands Library and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
Leicester, United Kingdom
11 days ago
4 months ago
Ireland
Burnley, United Kingdom
11 months ago
County Cork, Ireland
over a year ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from The John Rylands Library staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?