The John Rylands Library, Manchester

4.8
Open to the public since 1900, The John Rylands Library is home to over 250,000 books and over one million manuscripts. Inspired by neo-Gothic cathedral aesthetics, the library's arched buttressed ceilings, ornate windows, and spires make a palatial space. The library merged with the university in 1972, and researchers and students haunt the aisles. Keep your voice hushed as you tour the manuscript exhibits and shelves, then enjoy browsing through a text in the same halls as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. A visit to The John Rylands Library represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Manchester trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • It's awesome to know the history of this bookstore and all the treasures it hides. What's the but? it's all in English and you can't see anything they say it's over there. In the end I had to settle for taking a couple of pictures on the statues of the founders................ an immense penalty. And why do I give you this rating? The building is impressive and the story about its construction and the place where it is located is a pass.
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  • Regardless of whether you enjoy experiencing history, this place is a must visit in Manchester. Within an absolutely stunning building which is steeped in history, there is a bit of everything for eve...  more »
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  • Gorgeous! The lighting, architecture, and ambiance are amazing. I went here as it was listed as a place that was used in Harry Potter, but it was so much more than that. This library is stunning and the temporary exhibits are interesting.
  • Very beautiful library, you'd be amazed by the stunning architecture. It's not only a place to visit, but also you can go for studying there! Very nice and helpful staff. Temporary exhibitions are interesting. The library has a small café and a tiny shop. Make sure to use the "historical toilets". You can book a tour, but a couple of weeks in advance. Free entrance.
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