Julie Goodyear at Coronation Street 2014

Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear has launched Coronation Street The Tour by taking the first ticket as the bookings go live.

Fans of the ITV Granada produced soap opera have a chance to walk the iconic street – built in 1981 – for a limited time before its reduced to rubble. For six months only the public will have a unique opportunity to walk down the cobbles, as booking goes live today for Coronation Street The Tour.

Tickets for tours starting on 5th April can now be booked as the tour site goes live for fans of the long running saga to get a chance to say farewell to the outdoor set and former ITV studios. The highlight of the tour will be the Street itself with time to explore and take an iconic photo outside the Rovers Return, Roy’s Rolls or the Kabin.

Today is a fantastic day for tourism in Greater Manchester. Coronation Street 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. – Paul Simpson, managing director at Visit Manchester

Interior room sets will be on display as part of the behind the scenes tour, giving visitors an opportunity to see where some famous scenes were filmed, revealing insights behind the production. Studio guides will reveal fascinating facts behind the making of the soap where filming took place at the Granada Studios for over 50 years before moving to MediaCityUK, Trafford last year.

Visitors can take a peek into a star’s dressing room, watch rare footage and reminisce over favourite plots and characters with family and friends.

After fifty three years at the Quay Street studios, Coronation Street 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. –  Kieran Roberts, Executive Producer, Coronation Street

Julie Goodyear took the first Coronation Street The Tour ticket as they went on sale to the general public. Julie of course played the legendary long running Rovers Return landlady Bet Gilroy in the Weatherfield based saga. Tickets can be purchased at: ticketmaster.co.uk/coronationstreet

Coronation Street at Granada TV's Quay St Studios

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