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Our History



The Printworks wasn't always an entertainment complex. Before its 2000 redevelopment it operated as a printing house.

Transforming from print rolls to spring rolls, The Printworks now has 20 tenants including; restaurants serving anything from Chinese to Mexican, bars, night clubs, a cinema and a gym!

The Printworks as we know it now was originally erected as Withy Grove Printing House back in 1873. It ran successfully as a newspaper printer for over 100 years producing publications such as the Manchester Evening Chronicle and the Daily Mirror until it was closed in 1985.

Lying dormant for over ten year the 1996 bomb attack in Manchester City Centre spurred on a redevelopment process for the area now know as Exchange Square.

On the 9th November 2000 Alex Ferguson and Lionel Ritchie were the guest celebrities opening the transformed scheme to the public and since then a-listers have continued to pass through the doors.

From all the local Corrie stars to Kylie Minogue, David Beckham and Will Smith The Printworks continues to be the hot spot to be in Manchester!