Sunday, 14 April 2013

Visiting Manchester? Things for Corrie fans to see/do!

I'm always being asked for ideas for things Corrie fans can do when in Manchester - so here are a few.

A NEW ONE! Daisy Nook Garden Centre (lovely in its own right) now sells the official Coronation Street merchandise and has a small exhibition alongside it of Corrie memorabilia including costumes, props etc.  Well worth a visit! It's about 20 minutes from the city centre (nearest tram: Hollinwood or train: Ashton under Lyne then bus 231, 168 or 169 from the bus station opposite).  The 231 bus from Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens passes by the centre.

STUDIOS: You can't get in but you can see the outside of both the current studio (Quay Street, Manchester) or the new one (currently being built) at Salford Quays (next to the Imperial war Museum).

FILMING LOCATIONS: In the city centre - The Castlefield area is lovely anyway but it's also where things like Tony trying to drown Roy, the turkeys in the water, Sian and Sophie before their wedding etc have all been filmed.  You might walk along Deansgate and try spotting Liz Mc's old pub (near the Hilton), where Alf and Audrey wed (junct with Quays St).  The Midland Hotel's been used a few times also.  Out of the city: The Red Rec is on Langworthy Rd, the registry office is Ryecroft Hall, Ashton under Lyne, the church is usually St Mary's in Prestwich, the spot where Richard Hillman drove into the canal is Portland Basin in Ashton under Lyne. 

WALKING TOUR: You can hire a guide for a private walking tour of the city centre and Salford Quays.  He/she will meet you at the Midland Hotel and the whole thing is about 4 hours finishing at Salford Quays.  It includes a trip on a tram and you'll hear about Corrie, see some of the filming locations, find out a bit about Manchester's history and pass both the current and new Corrie studios.  It costs £45 and can be booked by emailing

COACH DAYS OUT: Elite Coaches of Sale Moor offer the occasional day trip around locations (you don't go into the studios).  Check out their website or Eddie Browns do them from Yorkshire.

LONG GONE: You'll find some suggestions on the web which are out of date such as: The Old Grapes.  It's still a nice old pub but is no longer owned by Liz Dawn and does not have Corrie pictures on the walls anymore.  Also, you used to be able to look down on the Corrie set from the Science and Industry Museum.  Not any more! 

The entrance to the section of Daisy Nook's Corrie goodies.
Hope that helps!
Castlefield - near the studios it's been used for filming many times.

Ryecroft Hall - a community centre used for Rita's, Gail's, Graeme's, and Becky's weddings.

Upcoming Tours and Talks

I'll be talking away at the following events:
18 April: Corrie locations day tour for Coronation Travel of Nova Scotia.
23 April: Talking about Victorian crimes and cons at Ashton Civic Society
1 May: Talking about cruises at Ryecroft Ladies.
7 May: Talking about Corrie at Denton Probus.
18 May: Talking about Corrie to Oldham MS Group.
3 June: Talking about Daisy Nook's history to Hartshead Ladies.
5 June: Talking about Corrie to Ryecroft Ladies.
6 June: Talking about Corrie at Stalybridge Church.
10 June: Talking about my career at Dukinfield Library.
23 July: Talking about Corrie at Daisy Nook.
25 July: Guiding on a Hidden Manchester day for Elite Coaches.
18 September: Taking Kemptville Travel's group of Canadians to Granada Studios.
20 September: Taking Kemptville Travel's group on a Corrie locations day.
16 October: Talking about pantomime at Ryecroft Hall.
A little bit of hidden Manchester - right gorgeous!

To book me for events email