Visitor Information

Enjoy our rich history, safe and sound!

Our goal is to ensure that as soon as you enter Printworks, you
feel safe and happy. We are open 24 hours a day, and as such
we operate our cleaning and security operations around the
clock, 365 days a year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to
approach our security team, who are trained in first-aid and
always happy to help. For information about our safety procedures
in regards to COVID-19, please click here

First aid and assistance

At Printworks, your safety is our first priority. Our security staff are trained in first aid and CPR, and we have an on-site defibrillator and first-aid kit.

Please do not hesitate to approach our security team, easily identified by high-visibility coats, to ask for medical assistance.


Public safety & welfare is very important to us at The Printworks and all our staff have been trained in Terrorism Awareness (Action Counters Terrorism).

Please click here for more information and remember to report anything suspicious to a member of our staff immediately

Disabled access

Here at Printworks, disabled access for our customers is very important to us. We constantly strive to make your leisure experience with us a happy, effortless and enjoyable one.

Printworks is situated within a pedestrian area in the city centre close to a number of public transport links.

There are three entrances to Printworks all with a colourful map, detailing the layout of the scheme, signposted just inside the entrance. Should you require further assistance please get the attention of one of our highly visible uniformed security officers.

The three entrances have open access and are not restricted by doors. The entrance from Corporation Street has a moderate level ramp to access the scheme. View our location on google maps.

The floor surface within the complex is mainly brick paving and may be slightly uneven from the cobbles. The surfaces are from an easy to moderate gradient however are all suitable for wheelchair. Please note that there is a small section within the scheme that are old railway lines.

The lighting levels within the scheme vary and music is played throughout the scheme. There is no seating in the scheme however all of the venues within the complex do have seating and are wheelchair-friendly.

For information on each of the individual venues please check out our venue page.

Cash machines

There are cash machines inside Printworks, just by Meena.

If our cash machines are out of order, head out of the Corporation Street entrance (just by Waxy O’Connor’s and Nuffield Health) as the Co-Operative shop and bank have cash machines outside.

Where to stay

There are several hotels within a stone’s throw of Printworks including Hotel Indigo, City Stop and Premier Inn. If you’re dropping by for an Arena event or enjoying the sights as a tourist, there are dozens of places to stay in the surrounding area.

Lost property

If you’ve lost an item at one of our venues, please contact the venue directly by phone or by dropping in. Click here to see our contact details and map.


There is CCTV recording 24 hours a day in our public areas and in our venues to ensure the safety of our guests.


Our security team are SIA-licensed and on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure your safety.

If you have any security concerns, please approach our security team, easily identified by high-visibility jackets, and provide them with details.


All Printworks venues exercise a strict Challenge 25 policy when serving alcohol, and some venues have an 18+ door policy in the evening. Please ensure you have a valid government identification with you if you plan to purchase alcohol during your visit with us.

Please drink responsibly and consider the people around you. If you are not acting appropriately, you may be refused service or ejected at the venue’s discretion.


We ensure our venues meet high health and safety standards. If you have any concerns about the cleanliness of a venue, please ask for the on-duty manager or contact enquiries@printworks-manchester.com

Photography & Videography

We love seeing pictures of our guests having a good time at Printworks! However if you want to take any commercial or professional photography or videography, or any filming that features our staff, please get in touch with us on enquiries@printworks-manchester.com to get permission first.

Our history

From working
class hero to
living legend

Printworks wasn’t always an entertainment complex – it’s a building with great history!

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

The building was opened in 2000 following redevelopment. Now, instead of pulling all-nighters for looming deadlines, the scheme is a place to relax and have fun right in the heart of the city.

Printworks old image
Printworks old image
Printworks old image

Lying dormant for over ten years the 1996 bomb attack in Manchester City Centre spurred on a redevelopment process for the area now known 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, Printworks continues to be a hot spot in Manchester!

From 6am until 3am, the scheme is alive with activity. Visitors can catch a spinning class before work, pop in for lunch, watch the latest blockbuster or meet friends for a drink after work.

Printworks includes eateries and bars to tickle your taste buds from every corner of the World. Enjoy live Oompah bands at Bierkeller, go East and try Wagamama or stick with the classics like family favourite Frankie and Benny’s or Hard Rock Cafe.

manchester soul festival
Printworks rooftop hives

It may surprise you to discover that we house the UK’s largest cinema. It boasts an impressive 23 screens and seats 4,472 people. The IMAX screen is the second largest screen in Europe, and is one of two sites in the UK still to feature 70mm IMAX format, meaning fans travel from all corners of the UK to appreciate the offering. Regional film premieres, live broadcasts of theatre shows, flashback films, celebrity Q&A’s and foreign films are some of our other cinematic accolades.

Printworks’ rooftop garden is also one of the best kept secrets in Manchester. The rooftop garden houses four beehives, an allotment patch, beetle hotel and hydroponics unit. Printworks, in association with Hard Rock Cafe Manchester, have been pleased to donate over £3,000 from the sales of their honey to local Manchester charities.

Not only does Printworks have a great offering for food and drink but it also has a stellar event calendar. Make Printworks your one-stop shop for entertainment in Manchester!