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Lancashire and the Peaks Sights

John Rylands Library

  • 150 Deansgate Map It
  • City Centre
  • Library/Archive
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/29/2014

Fodor's Review

Owned by the University of Manchester, this Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by Alfred Waterhouse was built by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands as a memorial to her husband, a cotton magnate. Constructed of red sandstone in the 1890s, the library resembles a cathedral and contains some outstanding collections of illuminated manuscripts and beautifully illustrated books. Among the many highlights are the oldest known fragment of the New Testament in existence, dating from

around 100 AD; an original Gutenberg Bible; and several works by William Caxton (c.1417–92), who introduced the printing press to the English-speaking world.

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Sight Information

Address:

150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH, England

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Phone:

0161-306–0555

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Tues.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. and Mon. noon–5; last entry 30 min before closing

Updated 05/29/2014

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