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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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An amazing visit to such a beautiful place. I could have stayed all day to marvel at the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Manchester, United Kingdom
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A really very special place, a must see if you are in Manchester. Very helpful staff to answer any... read more

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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An amazing visit to such a beautiful place. I could have stayed all day to marvel at the architecture and surroundings.

Thank Mrshallam79
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A really very special place, a must see if you are in Manchester. Very helpful staff to answer any questions. The library is a fantastic memorial to John Roland's.

Thank dero12
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on one of the free tours of the library. No need to book - just turn up. The tour was just about the right amount of time and very informative. The highlight of the tour was the library. What an amazing room! We...More

Thank Italaibelissimo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An impressive building in the centre of Manchester. Worth a look if only for the magnificent traditional reading room. This might sound odd, but trip to the historic toilets was interesting too!

Thank Marion B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I just wished if we had more time to spend on The John Rylands Library. We came around 4PM and the library closes at 5PM. The library is architecturally beautiful, with a sharp contrast to the modern glassy building in the area. The building is...More

Thank Al-Fahmi
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved to just wander around in The John Rylands Library. History and so many books & manuscripts, but also beautiful architecture and stained glass. The wood furnishings were also very beautiful. Even better it is free to the public.

Thank ibatraveling99
Reviewed 3 days ago

Can't really imagine what this building is like from the inside. A real gem of neo-Gothic architecture that's rather out of place on Deansgate in the Spinningfields area.

Thank psweeney660
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is the most impressive library I have seen so much more than books alone. The old building is an amazing inspirational place, I imagine studying here would be scheduled a pleasures

Thank Phaze60
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What an amazing place this is. Fabulous architecture from 1900s melded with a modern (2000s) extension. The reading rooms have a wonderful atmosphere and it was great to see at least one student working there. Manchester should be proud of its library built in memory...More

Thank Theresa K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Worth a visit to see the architecture .the masonry carvings..and it's free to visit..interesting reading .while you walk round the libraries......... theres a cafe on site aswell. It takes about an hour or so to walk round..and read up on.the various topics on hand.

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12 August 2017|
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Response from Ellanor-Aquitaine | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You can find a map and address on the main TripAdvisor page, or visit here the official website (no html links allowed here) on how to get to the Library. Once inside, although I didn't find a map of the floor plan... More
Suzana A
12 April 2017|
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Response from Foodie1252 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the public are allowed to take photos inside the library.
Andrea M
18 March 2017|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi Andrea we are indeed free and our opening hours are on the website (TA won't let me link to it) copied here for convenience: Monday: 12noon to 5pm Tuesday: 10am to 5pm Wednesday: 10am to 5pm Thursday: 10am to... More