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Located in the heart of vibrant Manchester city centre and close to the exclusive boutiques of King Street, we are officially Manchester's biggest specialist book shop, trading over three floors and stocking more than 100,000 titles.

Having once been the site of Kendals electrical and lighting departments, Waterstones has occupied the building since 1987 creating a multitude of grand rooms in which to browse.

We have the biggest Science Fiction, Fantasy and Crime Fiction departments outside London as well as extensive ranges of Art, History and Academia. In addition we have an exclusive room dedicated to Children's books. With a massive range across all genres - you should have no trouble finding your next perfect read or that special gift, but our knowledgeable team are always on-hand to share their enthusiasm and recommend titles.

As the pre-eminent city centre store for events we have rightly built up an impressive reputation and attracted many high-profile authors. We also provide contributions to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

The branch has even appeared as a location for television shows including the BBC's 'Cutting It' and has seen film crews attend launches by Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling.

For businesses, schools and other organisations we have a dedicated Account Sales department to cater for corporate orders and library stock picks.

So whether you want to relax in our 2nd View restaurant overlooking Deansgate itself, browse to your heart's content, or bring the kids to one of our family fun days, we look forward to seeing you soon.

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