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The John Rylands Library, Manchester

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web
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. To visit The John Rylands Library and get the most from your holiday in Manchester, create itinerary details personal to you using our Manchester vacation trip planner.
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  • A great library! The new part of the building comes into contact with ancient architecture. high racks with books are impressive. Here is a piece of the first page of the Bible and a million ancient books in different languages ... The architecture is amazing. On the walls and vaults of the image variety of dragons. The vaults are so finely and smoothly turned into stone. The largest Hall both from the movie Harry Potter. Beautiful color vetraži. .. I am in total AWE! The mysterious atmosphere of the images, there is hidden a lot us unknown.
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  • Have free time just a little bit in the morning, so I stopped by. It was a beautiful library that comes out of a sigh. Light from the stained glass and numerous books. I think rare library without touching the books so satisfying.
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  • I've lived in Manchester 31 years and this was the first time I had been to John Rylands! I have walked past it more times than I can remember and never really noticed it or knew what it was, I feel t...  read more »
  • A really beautiful library - the architecture is stunning and the books create a magical and charming library with a lovely gift shop too. Outside the library there was a great little Sunday market too which was definitely worth visiting.
  • Can't believe this place is free to get in! Such an amazing building, also a must for any Harry Potter fans.......
  • One of the few touristic spot in Manchester, bit it is amazing. The upper room is one of the best main room of a library, I have ever seen.
  • Probably the most amazing building and architecture in Manchester with its magnificent gothic architecture and the great study room. John Rylands library is an ideal place to visit whether you are a gothic architecture lover, a tourist or even a local who wants to read a book or study!
  • A very unexpected sight, truly impressive building with very interesting shop downstairs. Definitely a must-visit if touring Manchester.
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