Thursday 01 Dec 2022
There is really only one place in Manchester where you are guaranteed an escape from the noise of the city - and that’s the library. So if you’re after peace and quiet, or maybe just a fan of historical architecture, then you’ll surely want to make a beeline to one of the libraries scattered around.
Located on St Peter’s Square you’ll find the hard-to-miss Central Library. The building has recently undergone four years of refurbishment and extension to secure its spot as a mecca for book readers. With huge white columns signifying its imposing entrance, there are endless activities to do inside, from simply relaxing with your favourite book to getting stuck in with a writing workshop.
That’s without even mentioning the breathtaking architecture that has made it one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the country. The sight of a newly-married couple being showered in confetti is not uncommon.
Only a brisk walk away you’ll find John Rylands Library located in Deansgate. This gothic nineteenth-century structure is a testament to Victorian design and remains almost untouched since its completion in 1899. Hours upon hours could be spent walking around its echoing halls, all the while in awe of its eerie character.
Central Library is open Monday to Saturday. John Rylands also includes Sunday visiting hours.
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