Hello! Long time no see, sorry about that. Over the weekend Tom and I were in Manchester and decided it would be fun to visit the Coronation Street tour whilst we were there.
Monday 2nd March - 10:30am fastly approached so we got our passes and our group was greeted by our tour guide (whose name I cannot remember but he was fantastic!).
At the start we got some facts about the past 54 years and saw how the set had evolved (not much at all!) then we saw the dressing rooms and costume department before heading into the studio. I can't explain how bizarre it feels to be stood where so many fantastic actors have been and knowing this is what we see on TV. The sets were amazing to experience - Fact: Did you know that the stairs in houses lead to nowhere and the actors could be sat at the top of them for up to half an hour until filming was finished! We got to see inside the Rovers Return which was quite surreal and much smaller than how it looks to us at home, when they were only filming one episode a week they used real alcohol (how lucky), now obviously they don't - one of the drinks is made up of diet coke and apple juice niiiiice ;) Other things we saw included awards they had won, some famous wedding dresses, the coffins (which believe it or not were tailor made for the cast members) and some wreckage from the tram crash.
Then we had the finale - walking out onto the famous cobbles with the theme tune playing in the background! Braving the freezing cold we had a stroll around, we even ventured into Gail's back garden haha. The cobbles was our highlight of the tour, it was difficult to imagine this being used as a set due to it feeling like a normal street.
If you find yourself in Manchester I highly reccommend going to this tour, even if you're not a fan of Coronation Street it's still amazing to see all the behind the scenes. Now I'll give you some information about prices, times etc.
Coronation Street The Tour entrance is via Atherton Street (off Quay Street) or Great John Street (off Lower Byrom Street) in Castlefield, Manchester. Use postcode M3 3GS
Metroshuttle 3. Free buses every 10 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly rail station (this service does not run on Sundays and public holidays.)
How much are tickets?
Adults - £16.50
Student - £16.00
What time can I go?
It opens at 10am every day and there is a tour every ten minutes!
How long is the tour?
The tour is roughly 1hr 30
Can I take photos?
You can't inside, but once you're on the cobbles you can fire away!
Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Coronation Street the tour.