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The John Rylands Library

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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A Lovely Surprise

Somebody recommended going to have a look at the library, but we didn't have very high... read more

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Beautiful inside and out

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

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Pleasanton, California
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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
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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed yesterday

Somebody recommended going to have a look at the library, but we didn't have very high expectations. It turned out to be the highlight of our day in Manchester! The architecture is stunning and it was nice to see that students still use the space...More

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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Lindalpipe
Reviewed 2 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

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Reviewed 2 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daughters friends and schoolmates to have an appreciation of the university and from the founder John Rylands and the historical reference library.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 2 days ago via mobile

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

Thank Downthecloud
Reviewed 2 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

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Reviewed 3 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 3 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 3 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
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Stephen G
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi - no we haven't. :)
Natalie W
20 March 2018|
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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
13 January 2018|
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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