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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Great place to observe and read. Amazing gothic architect which is quite rare in the UK itself... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Greater London, United Kingdom
Wonderful gothic revival 'jewel box"

This world significant library is housed in a wonderful Gothic revival building. First rate... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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 2 days ago

Great place to observe and read. Amazing gothic architect which is quite rare in the UK itself. Stop by if you have 30 minutes or so.

Thank vspeang
Reviewed 5 days ago

This world significant library is housed in a wonderful Gothic revival building. First rate "jewels" and "jewel box". Spend almost as long outside admiring, as inside exploring. We saw a splendid paperwork exhibition of the Renaissance and Reformation - with much about the history of...More

Thank decline421
Reviewed 5 days ago

I don't think a lot of people realize what a gem this place is, full of amazing historical features inside :) this place is free entry :) upon arriving, staff were really lovely. and they will give you a map of the place. if you...More

Thank Camille P
Reviewed 5 days ago

The John Ryland’s Library is situated in a truly fantastic gothic building. Currently they have a special exhibition about the Reformation featuring a letter signed by Martin Luther and rare copy of Luther’s 95 theses. It is worth a visit!

Thank Ole S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Serious place to visit while you are on "tourist spree". It allows you to calm down, think and appreciate architecture. You can take pictures. You can watch. You can go to the true Victorian loo. Good experience:)

Thank ThatGrumbler
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has got everything: neo gothic architecture in combination with a rigid modern annex, art nouveau bronzes, original electric lights, several collections of rare books, old furniture... And friendly staff to give additional information. I will keep this building forever in my heart.

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful building holding treasures, so well laid out to preserve the building yet modern so access is easy.

Thank CheshireSammi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit here, even if you think it's just a boring library it's definitely not!! Brilliant architecture and a story behind it that's well worth listening to, definitely recommend.

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply one of the best libraries I've seen over the world, it's more like a church. A must visit for sure

Thank moeafifi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful building, felt like a step back in time. Easy to get around and lots of staff to help. Recommend taking lift to top and working your way down. Not really a good place for young children...attention can run out! Well worth a visit

Thank Paddy79Lisburn
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12 September 2017|
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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
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.