John Rylands Library

September 1st, 2014 / / No Comments »

The John Rylands LibraryBudget Manchester; The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library, located on Deansgate, is a FREE Manchester visitor attraction that is well worth a look.

This hidden gem may look like a church or cathedral from the outside but the architectural delights of a purpose built library await you from within.

This FREE attraction is open to the general public and, whilst many a visitor tends walk on by, you’ll not be disappointed if you opt to stop off during a visit to Manchester.

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The John Rylands Library; Background

Completed in 1900, the Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband & Manchester cotton merchant, John Rylands.

Dubbed as Manchester’s first multimillionaire, Enriqueta, wanted to build a fitting tribute to her husband whilst providing a useful legacy for the the city.


John Rylands Library

Reading Room at John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library; The Building

This late Victorian neo-Gothic building is something to behold.

Whilst the John Rylands collection boasts of rare finds such as the earliest piece of the New Testament, it is also a working library that is open to the public to read & reflect.

From the working Victorian toilets in the basement to the spectacular reading room on the third floor the attention to detail is magnificent…and brings to mind scenes from a Harry Potter movie!

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John Rylands Library Tours

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The John Rylands Library; Bits & Bobs

1. This is a FREE attraction that is open to the public to have a look around.  Whilst it is a working library, it is very much a visitor attraction too.

2. Check out the tours & events coming up; all tours are FREE of charge and can offer a great insight into the history & workings of this library.

I booked onto the photographer’s tour, (again free), & we had access to parts of the building not generally open to the public….plus you can use your flash!

3. Do stop off at the working Victorian toilets that are accessible from the main staircase on the first floor..well worth a visit.

4. There are free, (£1 refundable), lockers available for use in the basement.

5. Great selection of children’s art materials & activities available close the main reception, (also handy if you are looking to stop off at Cafe Rylands too).

6. More information available at The John Rylands Library.


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By Liz Walsh








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