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The John Rylands Library, Manchester

(4.8/5 based on 3,400+ 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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  • Well worth a visit if you're coming for a short stay in Manchester. Beautiful architecture and lovely atmosphere. A great spot for students to come and study.  more »
  • Lived in Manchester for years and didn't even know this place was here! Awesome looking on the outside and even better on the inside. What a building! Some really interesting artifacts on show too.  more »
  • A rare, beautiful, well-maintained heritage building in the centre of the city. They stage contemporary art programme from time to time too!  more »
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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.