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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Beautiful building is a treasure

The library is a superb building and something to be proud of and treasured. I arrived just before... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2013
Denise B
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Adelaide
Stunning

This is a beautiful building. Inside there are so many old books and displays you can easily lose a... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2013
C L
,
Manchester, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

The library is a superb building and something to be proud of and treasured. I arrived just before 4.30 so couldn't make the most of my visit but just having a quick look inside was enough to see the beautiful workmanship.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

This is a beautiful building. Inside there are so many old books and displays you can easily lose a couple of hours looking at everything, including the architecture, even when you don't necessarily intend to. I only discovered this place about 2 years ago having...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

I stumbled upon the John Rylands Library walking down Deansgate and was attracted by the combination of old and modern architecture. One floor up, you felt calm and peace in the adorned rooms with beautiful displays of ancient books. Another floor up was the splendid...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The entry is free of charge. You feel like an scholar when walking down the library. Some of the rooms are very beautiful. In the basement is old Victorain toilet that can be used. You definitely feel stuck in Victorian age. Architecture is beautiful. The...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Nice useful library that has some incredible historical valuables stored on site. One of the main reasons that I wanted to see this library is that it has a piece of one of the oldest found pages of the bible. It is torn and in...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

The architecture of the new addition fits very well with the old library. Of course you have to visit the classical Rylands reading room.

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

I visited in August during an exhibition of Boccaccio's Decameron and I enjoyed that but the reason I return is to see the Chester Beatty Papyrus (if you don't know what it is google it!), always leaves me amazed and moved.

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Reviewed 20 September 2013

At first glance, you would think that this Victorian Gothic building is either a cathedral or a castle. But it is a library that housed treasures from the old era like the St John fragment (oldest known piece of the new Testament) and vast collection...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Unique sense of history & culture.......check opening times......when we were there, they opened at noon

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Built and financed by one of the many Manchester philanthropists and what a gift! An unbelievable Victorian Gothic building and an amazing collection of books including a fragement of a New Testament parchment dated back to 125AD. Definitely worth a visit!

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Natalie W
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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
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elizashh
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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
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Magshiel
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi Magshiel at the moment we don't have a coffee shop. We are reviewing our service and planning to re-open it in the next few months. There are lots of places to enjoy refreshments nearby and we can advise you when you... More
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