On 5th April, the world famous TV set is to open its doors to the public for just six months, after the soap moved production to a new set at MediaCityUK.
Tickets, priced from £15, went on sale this morning, promising visitors the unique opportunity to walk on the hallowed cobbles of Coronation St.
As part of the behind the scenes tour, visitors will be able to have look at the interior room sets on display, where some of the show’s most famous scenes were filmed, take a peek into a star’s dressing room and watch rare footage from the show. Also, studio guides will reveal fascinating facts behind the making of the soap, where filming took place for over half a century.
The Quay Street Studios has been home to Coronation St. for the past 53 years, but it was decided last year that the show will be moving to its new location in MediaCityUK in Salford, after the Granada Studios complex was bought by developers Allied London and Manchester council in a £26.5m deal last year.
The re-branded “Old Granada Studios” will ultimately form part of a blueprint for a new city centre neighbourhood, but before any changes are made, the public will have the opportunity to see the iconic buildings such as “The Rovers Return” and “Roy’s Rolls” that lie within the old set, one last time.
It has been 15 years since the public have been able to have access to the famous Corrie site, after the former Granada Studios Tour closed down.
Kieran Roberts, Executive Producer of Coronation St., said: “After fifty three years at the Quay Street studios, Coronation St. 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.”
Tickets, sold by Ticketmaster, are expected to fly out now that they are officially on sale, and tourism bosses expect an influx of visitors to the city for the limited opening of the cobbles.
Juliana Delaney, Chief Executive of Continuum Leading Attractions said: “It’s very exciting to go live with tickets for Coronation St. The Tour. We have experienced a real buzz of excitement pre opening and we are expecting the tickets to fly. Continuum Leading Attractions is very privileged to be involved in a national treasure that brings so much pleasure to people. We will honour this by making it a memorable guest experience to be talked about for a long time to come.”
Paul Simpson, managing director at Visit Manchester, added: “Today is a fantastic day for tourism in Greater Manchester. Coronation St. 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.”