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“Blown Away ”

The John Rylands Library
Ranked #1 of 187 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 16 August 2017 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.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 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 visited the cafe and giftshop. All in all a worthwhile trip.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 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
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

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 of a new Gothic style and looks if it were one of the Oxford college library. In fact, I felt like I am inside Oxford Trinity School, may be because of the vaults.

In terms of collections, the library has a papyrus fragment with incomplete lines from the Bible, and claimed to be the oldest known piece of the New Testament.

There is also a digital display of the Shahnama.

Thank Al-Fahmi
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

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
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