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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.

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In the neighbourhood

Over 10 years of regeneration investment have turned Ancoats into an attractive residential neighbourhood.

Streets & Squares

Keeping Ancoats’ unique character has been top of the priority list as work has been undertaken to redevelop its streets and squares.
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Streets & Squares

Canal Side Square

This award-winning public space is located next to the Rochdale Canal and offers views of Ancoat’s famous historic ‘wall of mills’.
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Canal Side Square

Cutting Room Square

This new public square is the centrepiece of the new Ancoats, providing a focal point for people living in, working in or visiting the area to get together.
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Cutting Room Square

Former St Peter's Church

One of Ancoats signature buildings, this formerly derelict Anglican Church has been saved for future use by English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Northwest Development Agency.
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Former St Peter's Church

The Peeps

This series of installations in buildings and in public spaces have been developed by Ancoats’ own artist-in-residence, Dan Dubowitz.
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The Peeps

The Crown and Kettle Pub

No ordinary boozer, this grade 2 listed public house has been sensitively restored to its former glory.
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The Crown and Kettle Pub

Ancoats Primary Care Centre

Opened in 2007, this state of the art health facility is one of the largest primary care centres in Manchester.
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Ancoats Primary Care Centre

St Anne's Primary School

Corpus Christi with St Anne’s RC Primary School teaches 100 pupils aged 3-11.
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St Anne's Primary School

Former St Michaels Church

Plans for this former Catholic church to become a thriving part of the Ancoats community are well underway.
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Former St Michaels Church

Meet the people

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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

Railway stations:
Piccadilly

Metrolink stations:
Piccadilly
New Islington

Schools:
St Anne’s Primary School

Medical services:
Ancoats Primary Care Centre

Nightlife & culture:
Northern Quarter
Sankeys
Band on the Wall
The Frog and Bucket

Next to:
Manchester city centre
New Islington
Miles Platting

Other attractions:
Ashton Canal
Cutting Room Square
The Ancoats Peeps

Interesting facts

  • 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

 

Address

New East Manchester Ltd
187 Grey Mare Lane
Beswick
Manchester
M11 3ND

New East Manchester Ltd is the urban regeneration company overseeing the renaissance of East Manchester. Find out more about our work.