Thursday, 15 May 2014

Coronation Street Tour

Another thing I did when I was pregnant was go to the Coronation Street Tour before they plan to demolish the site in 2015. I've wanted to see the cobbles for years and when the tickets were released I knew I had to go. Coincidently I booked the tickets for when my best mate came to see me in May when I was 8 months pregnant. The tickets were only £16 each, which I thought was a reasonable price for such an attraction. So we were all booked to go to the cobbles on Thursday 15th May in the 1pm slot.

Bump on the cobbles
The Coronation Street set is situated in the heart of Manchester, near the science museum and it's really easy to get to. We got the train from St Helens to Manchester, to get to the actual site of Corrie it's about a 15/20minute walk but I was heavily pregnant so we jumped on the free metro link bus which dropped us off just round the corner. As you enter the site and get your tickets checked we were handed a lanyard with a backstage pass card. The first thing you get to see is the backstage tour of the sets; so you'll see The Platts front room, Duckworths/Tyrones, Carlas Flat, Underworld and the Rovers. The tour guides explain each set to you and you get to see a clip of some of Corrie's famous scenes. Unfortunately, you aren't allowed to take pictures on this part of the tour which I thought was a bit stupid. But so many people come to see the tour that their just wouldn't be enough time for everyone to stop and take pictures. But you do get to go behind the bar and have a picture taken, which can then be bought 2 for £10. 
Carrie & I behind the bar at the Rovers
After the backstage tour you are then let loose onto the famous cobbles and you're free to look round at your own pace and have pictures taken in front of the famous houses. Their is a gift shop where you can buy some souvenirs aswell. 
Some snapshots of the day
I really enjoyed the tour of Coronation Street, we'd managed to pick a lovely warm sunny day. The only problem was that I was exhausted by the end of the tour, all that walking with the baby in my tummy had taken its toll on my tiny feet. I would really recommend the tour for any Coronation Street fan, it's a once in a lifetime thing and think of all those famous faces who have graced those cobbles. I'd love to go to the Eastenders set next and I would kill to go to the Harry Potter studio tour. 

Thanks for reading 

Lolly x

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