Discover The Gateway: Top Things To Do Around Manchester Hotspot


Life at The Gateway couldn't be more convenient, with a plethora of hidden gems right on your doorstep. This brand-new development in the heart of Manchester offers an exceptional choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, each boasting the best in modern designer living that includes a garden and gated parking. And just beyond, there’s a unique neighbourhood waiting to be explored.

Ancoats has in recent years, developed a reputation as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, with its thriving food scene, quirky independent shops and diverse culture. Whether it's grabbing a coffee and pastry at Ancoats Coffee, enjoying a meal out at Home or sampling craft beers at Cloudwater Brew Co, you'll find something to tantalize your taste buds. If retail therapy is more your thing, the Northern Quarter has an abundance of independent stores just waiting to be explored. With so much variety on offer, we can guarantee you won't get bored living here!

Eats and treats

From fine dining to pizzas for a fiver, the variety of cafes, restaurants, and bars in Ancoats and surrounding areas is enough to keep any foodie intrigued.

Start your day with a brew and breakfast at Ancoats Coffee or have a Sunday stroll over to New Islington for a fresh pastry at the Pollen Bakery.

For a refreshing tipple, head to Cutting Room Square. This pedestrianised space has the feeling of a European courtyard, with pubs such as the Edinburgh Castle and bars, The Jane Eyre and Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse.

For eating out, Ancoats boasts Manchester’s first Michelin star restaurant in more than 40 years with the incredible Mana, which serves a 16-course tasting menu making use of locally grown and foraged seasonal ingredients. However, there is something for every occasion, taste, and budget, including The Elnecot, which delivers sophisticated dishes, or there the impressive local eatery The Counter House and arguably the best Neopolitan pizzeria in the city, Rudy’s.

Retail therapy

The Northern Quarter is a short walk from Ancoats, and boasts the best selection of independent shopping. There’s a bit of everything to be found in Afflecks, while Piccadilly Records is much more niche but a true Manchester institution.

For something a little more local, the Ancoats biweekly market runs over the weekend and features stallholders such as Manchester-based speciality coffee roasters, locally brewed rum liqueurs and locally sourced bakes and crafts. Each week the market supplies hot food from a Manchester food vendor, as well as providing plenty of filter coffee to sip as you browse.

Be sure to also look out for the infamous Ancoats General Store – a hipster twist on a traditional corner store, that manages to encapsulate the area perfectly in one place, celebrating the best of local and indie.

Parks and recreation

While homes in The Gateway all offer their own oasis of calm in the form of a garden, it’s always nice to be able to take a leisurely stroll or get friends together for a picnic at a nearby green space.

Less than four miles away is the stunning Heaton Park, a historic location on the edge of Manchester with attractions to suit all ages. Covering 600 acres, the park is also home to the Grade I listed Heaton Hall, a neoclassical 18th century country house.

To the south, there is also Alexandra Park, which has undergone a £5m restoration to make improvements to the lake, path and historic buildings.

Arts and entertainment

If it’s culture you’re looking for, then Ancoats has it by the bucket load. While there are big-budget, well-known productions at Manchester’s larger theatres, the Hope Mill Theatre on Pollard Street is something special. Located in an old mill building in the heart of Ancoats, Hope Mill aims to bring fresh and exciting performances to the city, focusing on providing a platform for local theatre companies and northern writers. Expect completely original productions as well as unique perspectives on well-known plays.

You can also soak up some creative experiences without paying an admission fee, just strolling through the neighbourhood and marveling at the stunning street art that adorns the area.

Step back in time

Getting to know an area in the present day is one thing, but delving into its backstory and the history of a place is where things get really interesting.

Since 1998, Ancoats has been an Area of Conservation, to protect its many layers of history including the textile mills that gave Manchester its ‘Cottonopolis’ title. Spot the street signs named after the notorious street gangs of centuries past, Bengal Street for the Bengal Tigers and Angel Meadow for the Angels.

You may even spot a series of brass eyepieces poking from walls, located at the perfect, peeking height. These are the Ancoats peeps, aimed at giving viewers a glimpse of what life was once like.

If you’re considering a move to Manchester, click here to find out more about The Gateway. For other homes across the region, just use the simple map tool on our homepage.  

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