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When I was younger I went on the Granada Studios Tour in Manchester many times. It opened in 1988 but unfortunately closed its doors in 1999. Most people in Manchester didn't even know it had closed, there was very little media coverage around it and people were turning up years after it had closed wondering what was going on.
There was quite a few things to do/see at Granada Studios. The main attraction was getting to visit the famous "Coronation Street" set and walk on the famous cobbled street. You could even go inside the Rovers Return pub. This was extremely popular amongst both locals and tourists. I have always been a big fan of Coronation Street so I used to really enjoy it and used to go and knock on doors expecting Dierdre to come out and shout at us with her dinosaur neck in full swing!
Coronation Street wasn't the only set you could see, you could see some mock ups of some of the other programmes that Granada produced.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was their moving seat cinema. This was where you would wear 3d glasses and be in a cinema, the seats would move from side to side and vibrate and it would look like you were on a rollercoaster, jumping gaps in the track and going fast. I used to forget that I was in a cinema and think I was actually on a rollercoaster. For those who couldn't take it there was a few seats at the front that didn't move. This was one of the ones I remember, however there were other things on screen too, it wasn't always a rollercoaster.
One of the most random things at the tour was being in the House of Commons, well not the real one but a mock up of it. You would sit in there and actors would pretending to be members of parliament and shouting at each other! It was exactly how you see it on TV when they show it on the news. It was extremely entertaining but even to this day I am not quite sure why it was there!
The tour of course ended with a trip into the gift shop!
I used to really enjoy this tour, it closed due to its declining amount of visitors and it started to make a loss. There have since been rumours that it would re-open, but these go just as quickly as they come. It may happen one day but currently there are no plans to re-open. I think if it did re-open it would be hugely popular, and I would definately visit!
why is this place closed down!!...it was so good for visitors, and for students who are studying travel and tourism..esp the corrie fans...this place was the highlight of North England. I went with college in 1995. I still have an empty packet of crisp that i kept as it had the logo of granada studios, i'm glad i kept it now.. also the house of parliament, and 10 downing street was good to walk into.
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I have visited Granada Studios in Manchester on numerous occasions and always had a great day out. It is the place where you get to walk down the famous cobbles of Coronation Street. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than nosing through all the windows of Britain's best loved street? I decided to organise a school trip to the studios. Not only is it an entertaining day it is also very educational. There are tours backstage where you can see the make up department, props and scenery as well as the editorial suites. I seemed to be drawing a total blank in my search for information though. There was no web site to be found, no leaflets etc. A friend mentioned to me that he went to the studios in April and when he arrived they were closed. Now I know that on certain days they do close because of filming and so presumed that this was the reason. I dialled 192 and asked for the number. On telephoning I was told that Granada Studios has closed down. From what I understand there are no plans to reopen it either. I can't imagine why this has happened as the admission prices were hardly cheap and the place was always packed with visitors. So now I am struggling to come up with an alternative for our trip - suggestions gratefully received - (must be wheelchair friendly and within 2hours drive of South Yorkshire!). I hope that this op will save someone out there from driving all the way to Manchester to find that it is closed down. Thanks for reading.
Yes, you really can walk down that famous street!!! We visited coronation street a few years ago whilst on our way home from a holiday in Blackpool, We decided go home via Manchester. It really is very interesting, having watched the show for years it's great to see everything in real life. It's a lot smaller then I imagined, the houses have got nothing inside except building materials,and they are only decorated just inside the front door, the stairs only go half way up, so when you see the kids getting sent upstairs they wait at the top until the next scene then come down again!!! as there is nowhere for them to go!!! It was great seeing the corner shop and the hair salon, you can actually look through the windows, it really is very small inside,the outside of the Rovers Return is all they use in the show, all inside scenes are set in another Rovers Return elsewhere on the set which you can actually go into and have a drink. The inside scenes such as the cafe and inside houses are filmed in the studio which you get a guided tour around, I took a photo of my son sitting on Sally Websters sofa!! You are allowed to take photo's of whatever you like, but if you want to take a certain picture with your family or friends it can be a bit awkward as there are so many people about all trying to do the same, all getting in the way!!! Walking down the street was really interesting as it isn't a real street and there's nothing at the end, so when you see cars going up and down they get just around the corner and stop!!! as there is nowhere for them to go. You can walk round the back of the houses where the back yards are, this is what you actually see on T.V. In the Rovers Return backyard you've got loads of beer barrels, where in Sally's garden there is a kids slide. In Jack and Vera's there was Jacks pigeon pen. The telephone box outside the salon really works, we went in there and phoned home, knowing
no-one would be in, so when we got home we were going to do a 1471 and get the phone number,then try ringing it and see if anyone famous answered, the trouble was someone else tried phoning after and all we got was their phone number!!!Never mind it was worth a try!!! When you go in you get a ticket to say the time of the guided tour this was about a 3 hour wait!!! so be prepared, It's worth going early so you've got all day there. There is so much to see, apart from Coronation street there are other sets to see as well, such as Baker street, if anyone remembers that, it was set in Sherlock Holmes times, a really dark and gloomy street, very interesting to see. Who remembers land of the giants or the borrowers? We visited a set used to make these sort of programmes, there was these giant pieces of furniture such as tables chairs and piano, they really do use giant furniture and not trick photography!!! Then there was the Downing street set, apparently if Downing street features in a programme they cannot use the real street so one has been set up in the studios exactly the same, there was even a policeman standing outside, when we were there he grabbed my son and I got a brilliant picture. Out of all the people there he had to get picked, well he does look a bit of a villain!!!(sorry nicky, don't really mean it!) This is a great day out, although we didn't get to meet anyone famous from the street, it was still worth visiting. The prices are a bit steep though, Although it was a few years ago it still cost about £17 per adult and £12 per child under 12. although they do a family ticket for £42 this includes 2 adults and 2 children which is quite good value.
I took a visit to the Granada Studios Coronation Street Experience and it was an experience in itself. I watch Coronation street on and off depending on what the story line is at the present time. I would not say I was an avid fan but do tend to get involved with the stories now and again. The studio visit is a must see and although you can wander around the studio on your own there are parts which are guided. The inside, the make up department and costumes are all guided. Walk onto the actual street, look through the letterboxes and the rovers return is open for a drink, although the interior of this rovers return is not the one actually used for filming, the outside is! Not open on mondays, as this is the day they do the outside filming. There are usually one or two, sometimes more if you are lucky of the sets stars walking around for a picture take and autograph signing. On the day we went we met Liz, Ken and Reg!!! 2 of these characters have now left the show. This is a must visit attraction for Manchester! Kids are also catered for with some great attractions!