Granada Studios, Manchester
The former studios of the Granada were home to the world famous soap show Coronation street, now moved to media city 2 miles away.
This set for the tv show is open to visits until October 2014,filming here stopped at Christmas 2013 and was the 2nd set in its history.
There is a great amount to see around the studios not just the rovers return.
This is a time-sensitive tip! Between April 5 and October 4, 2014, you will be able to visit Granada Studios and see backstage and walk on the cobbles of Coronation Street. The working studio has moved out to Media City in Salford and before the old site on Quay Street is to be redeveloped, there is a guided tour set up. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and are timed entry.
Visits will take between one and two hours and part of visit will include a guided tour on Stage One with selected sets and highlights from Corrie over the years then take time to walk the famous cobbles of the Street itself.
Studio guides will share with you fascinating facts and stories from over 50 years of filming at the former site. There will be a guest cafe and souvenir shops for you to enjoy as part of their “Behind the Scenes” visit.
Tickets for an adult will cost £16.50, (£16.00 seniors, £15.00 children, family of 4 £13.50@ buying four at a time with 2 adults max.) You can have them delivered in the U.K. for £2.50 or spend an extra 75p to print them at home and that works for international buyers, as well. International buyers can also pick up the tickets on site.
More information here http://tvor-downeast.blogspot.ca/2014/03/visiting-uk-tour-old-coronation-street.html
The studios are right behind the Museum of Science and Industry and there's a free city centre shuttle bus that will take you that far, you can just walk around the block from there. The museum is also worth a visit if you have time.
Visiting and doing the Granada Studios Tour was one of my first trips to the city. I viisted the complex twice (1993 & 1994) when it was opened from 1988 to 1999. The highlights included:
- Times Square, New York (An exterior set and the main entrance)
- The guided which took approximately an hour included:
- A stimulated boat ride across the sea
- Mock indoor sets from Granada Productions including a recreated Dowing Street, Baker Street (at the time of Sherlock homes), Return of the Antelope's giant room and 'Home Farm' lounge from Emmerdale.
-The main highlight was walking down Coronation Street where we saw the cobbled streets and -The Rovers Return Pub. On one visit, we met Percy Sugden, a character in the soap and I don't remember the actor's name.
-Recreated House of Commons where we could hear actors being involved with 'live debates'.
-There were live acts on the sets and the programme would advise when these would be held on the day.
- Simulated shows such as 'MotionMaster', 'Solocoaster' and various 3-D film shows.
I've lost the photos I took from my visits but took some last year where the attraction used to be.
In 1999, the attraction closed because of the studios relocating and restructuring including Granada merging with ITV along with visitors numbers falling.
Don't worry...the show is still going from strength to strength, but visitors are no longer able to access the set. It was always a popeular destination, but the rest of the studio entertainment park didn't do so well.
this was great for us the tours had closed , and we had to stand outside the gates , but while standing there we met some fantastic people , chatted for hours while waiting for the main actors to come out , very nice dat and enjoyed this trip very much ,
when we went to street all exited about going to see this famouse street , long last we found it , parked the car and what happens they have stoped tours we could only see it , through a gap in the gate , but then a car comes out , guess who martin platte , so we stand there and wait all the time the car park is ticking away but who care we are there , then another car and we see half of gail ha ha , just the left side , what an exiting time for us ha ha oh well we did see a bit of the street , and meet other people at the gate too very nice , but would have loved a tour ,
See Coronation Street, plus sets of other tv programmes, such as Sherlock Holmes. Take part in a mock (in more ways than 1) debate in the House of Commons, plus loads of other activities.
Granada Studios tour is a popular family day out. It’s not just about Coronation Street, for instance there is a copy of the House of Commons and you can take part in a topical debate. If you’re a bit shy sit near the back or you will find yourself getting roped in more than you wanted to! There's lots of rides and fun shows for the kids.
Unfortunately if you're plannning on visiting the Granada Studios, you'll have to change your plans :( It has just closed permanently to the public.
This was a great place for Coronation Street fans, and for those who weren't, there was still loads to see and do. There were tours around, you could see 10 Downing Street (a fake one obviously), and there was even the chance to see yourself on TV doing the weather forecast! But sadly it's all over.
Every one must of heard about the British soap 'Coronation Street' and this is where you can walk down that cobbled street. There is also the set of Baker Street and that famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Watson.