If you’re looking for a cool, urban place to live right on the edge of the city centre then Ancoats is for you.
The superb listed mill buildings of this important conservation area are being transformed into stylish, contemporary places to live. Revamped canals and squares are creating a renewed sense of place for this unique urban village, where sensitively-designed contemporary apartment blocks stand shoulder to shoulder with Manchester’s largest concentration of architecturally important buildings.
As a place to live, Ancoats offers the best of both worlds. Just minutes away from the Northern Quarter with its wealth of shops, bars and restaurants, Ancoats is where you can have all the hustle and bustle of Manchester’s vibrant city centre when you want it, but have a characterful oasis of calm to come home to when you don’t.
Ancoats offers some of the best value apartments you’ll find this close to the city centre and with all the major regeneration work that’s still ongoing, it’s a great location to choose if you’re looking for a good longer-term investment.
In the neighbourhood
Over 10 years of regeneration investment have turned Ancoats into an attractive residential neighbourhood.
Meet the people
Royal Mills/ Vulcan Mill
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Places to live
From contemporary new build apartments to renovations of classic mill buildings, there's plenty to choose from in Ancoats.
At a glance
New Islington (opening 2012)
St Anne’s Primary School
Ancoats Primary Care Centre
Nightlife & culture:
Band on the Wall
The Frog and Bucket
Manchester city centre
Cutting Room Square
The Ancoats Peeps
- Ancoats is often referred to as the world's first industrial suburb
- Ancoats was the home of Manchester’s Italian immigrant community, with certain parts known as Little Italy
- In 1851, Ancoats population was over 53,000, bigger than Bury or Blackburn
- Ancoats has 14 listed buildings, half of which are Grade II*
- The Ancoats conservation area was shortlisted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999
- A fictional singer called Ann Coates is credited as backing singer on The Smiths’ single Big Mouth Strikes Again
- Bernard Manning was born in Ancoats, as was John Henshaw, the actor who plays Ken, the pub landlord in the comedy series Early Doors