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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  • The architecture of the library dates back to the 1890s and is really fascinating offering many interesting vistas for photography. There is obviously a vast collection of books too that are beautiful...  more »
  • What a beautiful library. It really makes you feel you are somewhere special. There are rooms full to the ceiling with old books . It reminds you of a church inside as it has the most wonderful window...  more »
  • The library is well worth a visit if you’re in Manchester and amazingly it’s free. It’s a great place to wander around for an hour or so, depending on your interests, and is very atmospheric. Don’t mi...  more »
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  • An excellent Neo Gothic sand stone building housing the John Rylands library collection. People can join and able to read on request the books therein. Regular tours are available (book in advance) both general and behind the scenes where you gain privilege access to the book depository in the cellars that have glass floors and the upper reading rooms. Staff are helpful and informative. The tours are well worth booking.
  • The library is absolutely magnificent. If you took away the books you would swear you were in a very ornate Gothic church. This library is well worth a visit. Free entry - donation box at the entrance.
  • An historic and truly incredible piece of architecture, crammed to the rafters with fascinating items. A guided tour (starts at 3PM in the entrance lobby) is highly recommend.
  • Love this place, been here with all my friends visiting Manchester. Always enjoying it as for a first time. Love the shop too, got a massive umbrella with world map on for no money! Great location and Amazon architecture blend.
  • I visited the library several times and it is beautiful and the people is lovely. Unfortunately, today Google says that it is open and we are outside the building and it is close. Quite disappointed.
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