The John Rylands Library, Manchester

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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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 arch...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    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 manus...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    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  more »
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  • One of Manchester's must see buildings. Wonderful architecture throughout. The library has a modern entrance area with a shop, from there you step into the older part of the building which is a treat. Fabulous place to explore.
  • Wonderful place. I really like so old and cultural places. This one is good example. Very interesting exebision.
  • Great place if you're touring around Manchester to visit! The architecture is amazing, and the entrance literally takes my breath away. Good cafe in the bottom, and quaint gift shop.
  • Nicely done renovation and worth a quick visit if you are nearby. Doesn't make 4/5 stars as I probably wouldn't go out of my way to see it. Nice to see the old printing presses and the historic toilets!
  • Loving all things myth, folklore and history, I went to the John Rylands Library for an exhibition on Witchcraft. Whilst I had hoped that the exhibition would be slightly more expansive, this is no criticism of the Library - I simply enjoyed it so much that I wish there was more of it! The building is stunning, and definitely worthy of drop-in from lovers of architecture, books, and preferably everyone else as well.

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