Manchester is the home of Granada Studios which produces Coronation Street, a long running British soap. It first aired on Dec. 9, 1960 and is still going strong. I am a dedicated Corrie fan and I have met most of my interenet friends through the corrie communities online. Granada used to have set tours open to the public but stopped that in 2000.
Granada is near the Irwell and across from Salford and you often see actors in the shops in that area as many of them live in Salford Quays. Liz Dawn, who plays Vera Duckworth, owns a pub a few blocks from Granada. It's up Quay street and just off on a small side street. The walls are covered in photos of Liz and many cast members, past and present. I stopped there for lunch one day hoping against hope that an actor might pop in for their dinner but no such luck :) the food wasn't bad at all though so still worth a stop if you're a fan.
You can buy a few Coronation Street souvenirs in the main tourist information center in St. Peter's Square by the Town Hall. Past Times occaisionally has a few related items.
You can have a peek at the outdoor set from the top floor of the main building of the Museum of Transport and Industry in Castlefield, at the back of the kids' discovery center exhibit.
Fondest memory: Best memory: Getting to be on the outdoor set!!!
Favorite thing: Manchester - home to Granada Studios where you find the set of one of Britain's top soap, Coronation Street. (Oh, I love Corries...) They used to do tours in but I think the studios are now closed to the public. However, we have been offered by the very nice Kate Ford aka Tracy Barlow if we wanted to visit anytime she's filming. Oh such luck!
all of manchester , is great must see man u football ground , the street , shopping , enjoy a walk in manchester , but watch for parking could cost an arm or a leg to park
Fondest memory: being there all the great things you can see , and if you get lost going anywhere in england i head for manchester
Favorite thing: Britain's most recognisable soap opera is based in a Weatherfield (a fictional suburb of Manchester) Coronation Street has been running almost 40 years now and shows no signs of stopping.