Beware falling trams… Corrie’s famous Quay Street set is to be opened to the public.
Fans will soon get to experience both the cobbles and the stars’ former dressing rooms with a new tour offering a behind-the-scenes look at the ITV soap’s recently vacated home at Granada studios in Manchester.
For six months from 5 April, Coronation Street: the Tour will give visitors the chance to have their photo taken outside the Rovers while also getting what are promised to be “revealing insights behind the production”. The tourist attraction follows Coronation Street’s recent move to a new site at MediaCity UK in Trafford.
Speaking about the tour, Coronation Street’s executive producer Kieran Roberts said today: “After 53 years at the Quay Street studios, Coronation Street has now moved to our new home in MediaCity, but I’m thrilled that our old set is opening as a visitor attraction this year. We’re very excited to be able to share with the public so many unforgettable stories and magical memories from over five decades of Coronation Street production.”
Corrie was based at Granada from the earliest days of the show in 1960 through to the end of 2013, with the exterior set that will soon be opened up to tourists having been in use from 1982 until December last year.
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The very first set was built in 1960 in a now disused studio on the Quay Street site. Due to size restrictions, the street was constructed in two halves, so shots of the whole terrace were impossible. The pavement and cobbles were painted onto the studio floor. Despite the limitations, some complex scenes were filmed there, including the collapse of No 7 in 1965 and the 1967 crash when a train careered off the viaduct and Ena Sharples was trapped under rubble.
The first outdoor set, used from 1968 to 1982, was unpopular: “The coldest place on earth,” is how Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden) remembers it. The 1982 set was opened by the Queen. She was greeted by Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch) in a pair of Charles and Diana earrings: “See? I even know which side of the bed they sleep on!” the actress told the monarch.
Paul Simpson, managing director at Visit Manchester, added this morning: “Today is a fantastic day for tourism in Greater Manchester. Coronation Street is the UK’s best-loved soap and the new tour has been very highly anticipated since it was announced that the Street would open for a limited period this year. I’m sure that the attraction will be a hugely popular and will make for a great day out in the city.”