Manchester knocking it out of the park again!
We all love Manchester, and why wouldn’t we? We’ve got everything here – fantastic bars, restaurants, and plenty of incredible things to do. It’s true that nowhere’s perfect but wouldn’t it be boring if it was?
Well, plenty of people apparently agree with this sentiment because one of the loveliest Manchester neighbourhoods has once again been voted amongst Time Out’s list of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. Ancoats has been voted the 20th coolest neighbourhood in the world, and bearing in mind there are 195 sovereign nations in the world, that’s pretty good going!
So why did the voters give Ancoats so much love? Well, 27,000 city-dwellers were asked to vote on the most underrated and coolest areas and Ancoats came out as one of the coolest primarily because of its architecture. As you may well know, Ancoats was the world’s first industrial suburb.
As early as 1790 Ancoats became home to the first cotton mills, then glassworks appeared in the 1840s, and the area was saturated with industry. Although we’re not up for romanticising these early, often exploitative industries, they are responsible for bringing workers from further afield. People from Ireland, Italy and other countries worked in these factories and that is part of the reason why so many years later Ancoats is such a vibrant place.
Ancoats has a complicated past, but that’s why it’s such an amazing area. Places without history and culture don’t feature in this list. Hope Mill Theatre, which is steeped in history features on the list of things to do and see, according to Time Out. Then there’s the Michelin star awarded Mana – a restaurant that has gone from strength to strength even during the pandemic. So here’s to Ancoats – a place with plenty of history, buckets of resilience and a place in the coolest neighbourhoods in the world!