It’s finally time for the first travel post on this blog! I’ve been looking forward to these for a long time now, but I just couldn’t choose where to start? Plus I was a bit lazy because I just have SO MANY pictures, especially when it comes to Manchester considering I was there for a little over three months.
One of my favourite places in the city was the John Ryland’s Library, so starting with that one seemed fitting. It was pretty much at the top of my bucket list, because 1) it’s a library and I love libraries 2) it’s filled with history and 3) that architecture!
Entrance is free, so even if none of the reasons I listed really apply to you, it’s still worth checking out if you’re in the neighbourhood. Obviously I definitely recommend it. It is absolutely gorgeous and it feels like you’ve gone back in history.
The Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John and took ten years to build. It finally opened in 1900, but walking around definitely made me feel like it was older than that!
I couldn’t help but try and read the spines, but there are just so many books that I had to give up or it would’ve taken forever and given me a sore neck haha.
I find there’s always something so magical about places like libraries and bookstores, but the John Rylands Library felt even more magical as its architecture kind of reminded me of Hogwarts.
Of course there are many books on display, but as you can see if you don’t care for books but do love architecture, there’s plenty to see.
This corner alone I spent I don’t know how long in. I took so many pictures from so many different angles haha
But my favourite part? DEFINITELY the ceiling. I mean look:
I don’t know about you but I could stare at that all day
The stairs lead to the Historic Reading Room, where you can actually sit down. Imagine studying there! I myself can’t really study in places like libraries – I prefer my own room. But oh would I love to study here haha.
I could’ve spent HOURS in this entire place. Heck, I would live there haha.
Have you been to the John Rylands Library? What did you think? Do you like visiting libraries while abroad? What’s your favourite library in the whole word? Let me know in the comments!