Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District Sights

John Rylands Library

  • 150 Deansgate Map It
  • Millennium Quarter
  • Library/Archive
  • Fodor's Choice

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 AD 100; an original Gutenberg Bible; and several works by William Caxton (c.1417–92), who introduced the printing press to the English-speaking world. A lively temporary exhibition and events program includes printing press demonstrations, photography tours, and children's storytelling sessions based on elements of the building's decor. The café hosts regular tasting events involving recipes gleaned from historic cooking books in the library's collections.

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150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH, England

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Sight Details:

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


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