Location, Travel, Accommodation

John Rylands Library, Deansgate

The venue for the conference is the historic John Rylands Library, located on Deansgate in the heart of Manchester. The main entrance to the building is just off Deansgate, in the modern extension to the Library. From Deansgate, walk along the side of the Historic Building to the main entrance.

The John Rylands Library,
150 Deansgate,
M3 3EH

A map is available from the link below:


By Metro-Shuttle Bus/Train

The easiest way to reach the Library from Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria railway stations is via the free Metro-Shuttle buses.

The number 1 Metro-Shuttle runs from the forecourt of Piccadilly station every few minutes. Alight on John Dalton Street at stop WX, turn left onto Deansgate and you will see the Library in front of you.

The number 2 Metro-Shuttle runs from Victoria station every ten minutes. Alight on Deansgate, opposite the John Rylands Library.


By car

Parking in the centre of Manchester is notoriously difficult. The nearest NCP car parks are on Watson Street, New Quay Street and Blackfriars Street.


1. The cheapest and best option is probably the hotel facilities of the Manchester University Business School – they have en-suite rooms for £60 a night and, at the time of writing, they have rooms available for the 6th and 7th of June at this price. There is some information about their facilities and details here, although they do not have on-line booking facilities.


Other ‘relatively’ affordable options in the city centre (and all within a short walk of John Rylands Library) include –

2. The Holiday Inn on Oxford Road – with rooms at £70 a night –


3. And the Novotel on Dickinson Street with rooms from £70 upwards–


4. Here’s one slightly cheaper option, a short distance (approx.1.5miles) out of the city centre, with rooms at £40



There are numerous hostels in Manchester, however most of these are large dormitories only. One of the best options is the YHA hostel in Castlefield, about 10 minutes walk from the city centre:


We’re really sorry that we can’t offer any financial help with accommodation and we appreciate the effort and commitment it would involve to travel to Manchester. If you have any further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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