Ancoats Urban Village Area Guide

Neighbouring the Green Quarter, New Islington and the Northern Quarter, Ancoats Urban Village is a popular area in Manchester city centre that attracts couples and young professionals as well as upcoming food and drink names that also call it home. Here, we explore everything there is to know about one of the city’s hottest postcodes in our Ancoats Urban Village Area Guide. 

A brief introduction to Ancoats Urban Village 

Manchester’s regeneration over the years is not a secret. But one of the most impressive projects has to be the area around Ancoats Urban Village, Ancoats itself and New Islington. Previously an industrial suburb, Ancoats Urban Village is now a trendy and established city centre neighbourhood. Home to luxury residential, retail, commercial and leisure facilities, it’s no surprise that it’s such a popular place. 

As part of the Manchester Strategy to make the city a world-class destination, even more investment is being funnelled into the area to create well-designed offices and bespoke spaces for scientific and creative businesses. The aim is to create Manchester as a place that’s attractive, clean, safe and environmentally-friendly as well as a city where people can be successful. Ancoats Urban Village is at the heart of this. 

Things to do in Ancoats Urban Village 

It probably won’t surprise you that there’s plenty to do and see in Ancoats Urban Village and the surrounding areas. For food, there’s the much-loved Sugo, Rudy’s and Viet Shack and, for a good time, locals head to Cask, Flawd and Blossom Street Social. It’s not all about drinking and eating though as there’s a few historical landmarks including Murrays’ Mill.

Cutting Room Square is a popular establishment too – a public plaza with a selection of modern artwork. And, of course, a walk along the canal is ideal – whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy with your four-legged friend, are in search of a budget-friendly catch up with mates or simply want to get your steps in. 

Ancoats Urban Village is also packed with co-working spaces making it a great spot for those freelance and self-employed professionals as well as those with flexible working schedules. One of the most popular being Beehive Lofts. 

Green spaces in Ancoats Urban Village

Again, you might think that being so close to the city centre would mean that green spaces in Ancoats Urban Village are few and far between. But that’s where you’re wrong. For starters, as mentioned, a walk along the canal is a great way to get some fresh air into your lungs. Ancoats Green is also a beautiful park and, just a short walk away, you’ll find Victoria Mill Park and Cotton Field Park. Both are great choices if you want to relax or simply get away from the hustle and bustle. 

Transport in Ancoats Urban Village

The easiest way to get around Ancoats Urban Village is to walk but if you are looking to get somewhere quicker – or a little further afield – there’s plenty of taxis. The New Islington Metrolink is just a few minutes away and Manchester Victoria Train Station is the closest train link. 

Schools and education in Ancoats Urban Village

Again, with such a central location, lots of people presume that there won’t be any schools or colleges nearby. But close to Ancoats Urban Village, you’ll find St Patrick’s RC Primary School, Abbott Community Primary School, Collyhurst Nursery School, and Park View Community School. 

Properties in Ancoats Urban Village

The majority of accommodation here consists of redeveloped former mill buildings so you can expect lots of character. As well as this, new developments are popping up boasting incredible views and luxury amenities. There’s a good mix of both renters and homeowners and properties here are often regarded as some of the best in Manchester. 

Put simply, Ancoats Urban Village offers something for everyone – whether you’re a young family looking to be close to the city, a couple in search of their first home or a buy-to-let landlord wanting to maximise their portfolio. Plus, our team of property experts know the area like the back of our hands. So, if you’re looking for your next Manchester property, why not get in touch and consider Ancoats Urban Village today?

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