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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. 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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  • Interesting and beautiful. Nice to see people actually studying, making use of it as they were intended to do over 100 years ago, when 8t was first built 
  • I would say that this is a must-see in Manchester. Within its industry, and its towering buildings you topas an enchanted library. Full of old books, halls red carpet and neo-Gothic architecture, the John Rylands library preserves its history of the Victorian era. And so one feels when it penetrates her books: a journey back in time to the second half of the 19th century, that 1900's colonial empire. One feels the love of Enriqueta Augustina Rylands, who ordered the construction of this library in memory of her husband, John Rylands. Its delicate but solemn, architecture its elongated but cosy halls... The only bad thing I have to point is that it has become very known among tourists, then you out of the magic of their shelves from time to time... But apart from that, a marvel.
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  • Well worth a visit, free guided tours are a must, amazing victorian architecture and the library documents and books of outstanding historical interest, you can easily "get lost in time here". 
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  • It's the most magnificent historical place in Manchester! If one is visiting Manchester, this be on top of their list regardless the time they have! For people who love history, this is the place to go! Amazing architecture...just takes you back to the medieval age!
  • Beautiful old building with a great collection of historical works. Of note is the historical reading room, adorned with statues of the great scholars of old.
  • Beautiful building. Refreshingly engaged and informative staff who obviously have a passion for their work. Highly recommend for anyone young and old.
  • Astonishing interiors and interesting archives. Another must see in Manchester! (also worth of noticing is combining old architecture with the modern part).
  • I came to UK for 3 months and i seen lots of amazing things but most favorite was this library it got lots of amazing things.