The former home of Coronation Street from 1960 to 2013 has been given approval to re-open as a studio tour following ITV Granada relocating to Salford last year. The complex will be re-branded as the Old Granada Studios for the six months it will re-open to the public.
The site on Quay Street in Manchester, which opened as Granada Television Studios in 1956, will open to the public from April allowing visitors to see the exterior set of the fictional Coronation Street and surrounding Weatherfield facades.
The Coronation Street visitor centre will also include a look around the production centre, previously not open to the public, which will allow viewers to look inside the dressing rooms and hallways of the internal Granada facilities. These areas will also be home to special features including props, costumes and video presentations of the shows history.
Bosses are hoping to attract over 1,000 fans to the location per day as part of the ‘farewell tours’ venture. The ITV studio site was perchased by developers Allied London and Manchester council in deal worth £26.5m in 2013 which will see the area transformed into mix use business, leisure and residential.
We are pleased the council have given planning approval for the creation of a tourist attraction for a limited period. The attraction will allow fans of the soap to walk down the famous cobbles, on which the soap was filmed for many years, before its move earlier this year to its new home at MediaCityUK. Further details on content of the attraction will be confirmed at a later stage. – an ITV Granada spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News earlier today.
The original Granada Studio Tours ran from 1988 until 1999 and offered the Coronation Street experience as well as several other attractions including a New York City street, Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street and the front door of Number 10 Downing Street.