Before I start telling you about our trip to Italy I must tell you about our day out yesterday, touring the original set of the dearly loved and longest running soap in Britain, first broadcast on December 9th 1960 - Coronation Street. If you are thinking of doing the Coronation Street Tour yourself then don't read this, you can have your own experience and see it all for real, I can thoroughly recommend it.
This original set, on Quay Street in Manchester, has now been abandoned in favour of a brand new purpose built set at Media City in Salford and is only open to tourists until the end of this year, after which it will be demolished and the land sold off, so we just had to go see a piece of Northern Television History.
The tour started in the studios, unfortunately photographs were not allowed but you can see some here, though we did take a sneaky one of the real life BAFTA Coronation Street received in 2012.
We were, however allowed in the Rovers Return.
Then into the Street
No 5 Chesney & Sinead, No 7 Dev Alahan No 9 Tyrone & Fiz and No 11 Eileen
At the end of the street is The Bistro
Underworld (aka the knicker factory)
Round the corner back onto Coronation Street and No 8 Gail McIntyre's. While MWM rang the bell at the front door I sneaked round the back to have a look at the garden.
Then I went next door to Anna's No.6. but she wasn't in.
Audrey's Salon wasn't open either
Then we went round the corner on to Rosamund Street to see the viaduct,
The bus stop and Street Cars.
Just round the corner is Victoria Street, the home to the kebab shop, Roy's Rolls and what was Elliott's Butchers shop.
On the opposite side of the Street is Tina McIntyre's flat and the builder's yard,
**SPOILER ALERT** If you're not up to date with what's happened in the last couple of months on Corrie don't read any further!
where Tina met her death when she was pushed from the balcony by Rob Donovan, but having survived the fall he battered her with a lead pipe and she died in hospital.
Map of Coronation Street and surrounding area here.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Coronation Street and the studios, it was really interesting and fascinating to see the actual set we have watched for so many years on TV. Hope you enjoyed the tour, if you read it.