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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.

  • Chetham's Library

    Chetham's Library

    Chetham's Library is the oldest public library in the English speaking world, which was famously visited by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and remains open to visitors

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    Address: Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB
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  • Manchester Central Library

    Manchester Central Library

    Central Library has been completely transformed through a major refurbishment and expansion completed in March 2014. Its heritage features have been lovingly restored. New accessible spaces, facilities and resources are increasing access to knowledge and nurturing creative talent

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    Address: St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD
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  • John Rylands Library

    John Rylands Library

    The John Rylands Library, one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts, today is part of The University of Manchester. Its calendar of special events include exhibitions and events are open to all

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    Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
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  • The Portico Library

    The Portico Library

    The Portico Library is a subscription library designed in the Greek Revival style between 1802 and 1806 by Thomas Harrison of Chester. Visit their website for membership information

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    Address: 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY
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Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester


Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip



Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space



Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters