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City Centre (Civic Quarter) Attractions and Things to Do

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Free Landmark Food Historic Properties: City Centre (Civic Quarter)

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The John Rylands Library

The University of Manchester, 150 Deansgate, Manchester. M3 3EH • (0161) 306 0555
The John Rylands Library, Manchester
The John Rylands Library, Manchester

The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.

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Free Food Museums and Art Galleries: City Centre (Civic Quarter)

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People’s History Museum

Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester. M3 3ER • (0161) 838 9190
People’s History Museum, Manchester
People’s History Museum, Manchester

The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy. They aim to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’. Visit the museum and join a march through time following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries.

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Free Toilet Food Wifi Historic Properties: City Centre (Civic Quarter)

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Central Library and BFI Mediatheque

St Peters Square, Manchester. M2 5PD • (0161) 234 1983
Central Library, Manchester

Manchester Central Library is the headquarters of the city's library and information service and faces St Peter's Square. It was designed by E Vincent Harris and is a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure, loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome and was constructed between 1930 and 1934.

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