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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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The John Rylands Library was one of those places I'd known about for years since my days in... read more

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If you are in the area just go. It's amazing. Balancing perfectly the old and the new, historic... 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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Hours Today: 12:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Reviewed yesterday

The John Rylands Library was one of those places I'd known about for years since my days in library school in the 1970s, but hadn't visited before. I enjoyed popping in and looking at the amazing architecture, the dispaly of treasures from the collection and...More

Thank roulstones
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you are in the area just go. It's amazing. Balancing perfectly the old and the new, historic preservation and presentation against being effectively in current use allthewhile housing ancient manuscripts being scrutinised and examined on-site.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This building is heartbreakingly beautiful.... it can sweep you back into history in a moments notice. Don't forget your mirror to stop the neck strain 😋

Thank gailysnaily
Reviewed yesterday

A great place to visit; free to enter and steeped in history. Not to be missed if you visit Manchester.

Thank Louise V
Reviewed yesterday

If you have an hour to spare I thoroughly recommend visiting the John Rylands library. It is a magical place.

Thank nonchalantjohn1970
Reviewed 2 days ago

For those visiting Manchester, this is one place that would be recommended. The background to the building of John Rylands and how it came to be named demonstrates a rich history of Manchester. In particular, Rylands, being a Cotton merchant had left a legacy in...More

Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The John Rylands library is a very old fashioned building. They have full of historical documentary and popular poets' relics in the library. The customer service is very good and introduce very details to us. They also have tour guide to bring us around.

Thank Sing ee W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We called into here just as it was closing one Saturday afternoon and will go back when can spend more time. It's an amazing library really enjoyed the walk around.

Thank Sarah T
Reviewed 3 days ago

I would highly recommend anyone who visits Manchester to go and see this historic building and the collection of books. Truly mesmerising.

Thank GallantTraveller
Reviewed 4 days ago

John Ryland's library is a beautiful old building (opened 1900) in the centre of Manchester. When I first moved here, I took the half-hour tour and learned a lot about Enriqueta Ryland, who built the library after inheriting her late husband's cotton money and becoming...More

Thank Kali R
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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