Ancoats is an inner city area of Manchester, next to the Northern Quarter and the northern part of Manchester's commercial centre.
Historically a part of Lancashire, Ancoats became one of the cradles of the Industrial Revolution, and has been called "the world's first industrial suburb". For many years, from the late 18th century onwards, Ancoats was a thriving industrial district. The area suffered accelerating economic decline from the 1930s and depopulation in the years after the Second World War, particularly during the slum clearances of the 1960s.
Since the 1990s Ancoats' industrial heritage has been recognised and this, along with its proximity to the city centre, has led to investment and the development of substantial regeneration plans. The southern region of the suburb is being branded as New Islington, while the north retains the Ancoats name, with redevelopment centred around the Daily Express Building, Manchester.
For the purpose of local government elections the area is part of the Ancoats and Clayton ward of the city of Manchester.