A library in Manchester that you need to book to visit is worth a visit as it feels like entering Hogwarts, according to reviews.
It might not be the kind of attraction that tops many people’s lists, but the John Rylands Research Institute and Library is not trivial.
In fact, the cathedral-like grandeur of the place makes it closer to the Harry Potter movie set, and a must-see if you’re a local or a visitor to the city.
Finding him – unlike the School of Magical Wizards – is no problem.
Far from a remote location, which may seem more fitting considering it looks like a large estate, if not a castle, it is located in the heart of Manchester.
Outside, lightning cars descend Deansgate, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, and next door are the bustling bars of Spinningfields, but all the noise and activity disappears as soon as you enter this historic structure.
It’s a place to savor the silence while admiring the awe-inspiring architecture, including the winding stairwells, intricate stonework, and expansive ornate ceilings.
Like many large buildings around the world, the library was created as an act of love, albeit late in life, as it was founded by a woman called Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband John Rylands, a businessman. multimillionaire who died in 1888., and opened to the public in 1900.
Although designed by architect Basil Champneys, Enriqueta is said to have had a strong influence on the building, which is now described as “one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Europe” – and you can’t help yourself. keep from being impressed with the level of detail wherever you look.
The main event is undoubtedly the Historic Reading Room, an impressive space flooded with light from a spectacular window and study alcoves running the length of the room.
Also be sure to admire the original entrance and staircase with a view up to the Lantern Gallery and take your time to walk the stone hallway towards the exhibition space.
The level of complex work is so impressive that staff say they are continually captivated by it. There are exhibitions throughout the year. Currently, this is the Manchester Guardian exhibition, which runs until October 10.
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are free but you have to to be booked in advance through Eventbrite.
You should allow at least 30 minutes for your visit, but spend as much time as you want.
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