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It's a sad enough time of year as it is, but sadder still is the thought that fans can no longer visit the Corrie Tour. There is a rumour that the Museum of Science and Industry is in talks with ITV to save some of the set pieces. Read more on that here. We'll bring you more on this as soon as we hear anything.
For fans planning a trip to Manchester who want to see some Corrie sights, where would you recommend they visit in addition to these suggestions below... ?
Visit the exterior of the Granada TV Building on Quay Street. On the entrance, up the steps leading into the building are blue plaques dedicated to some of the Corrie classic actors. Well worth a look.
Find the Coronation Street mural in the Northern Quarter. The Mural is outside Affleks Palace which is a great market at the corner of Short and Oldham Street, in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Here's a picture of it.
The Daisy Nook garden centre There's a lovely garden center outside Oldham and they have a little Corrie memorabilia display there. You might even run into a Corrie actor if you're lucky. Check their web site for directions.
Corrie walking tours around Manchester are operated by the following:
New Manchester Walks
Corrie tours around Manchester by taxi
Also check Mark Llewllin's blog for any upcoming Corrie locations tours by coach. Mark also has a list of Corrie fan sites to visit. And, Mark runs the Daisy Nook garden centre which has a Coronation Street tribute in-store with Corrie official merchandise for sale. Read more on that here.
Places to visit in central Manchester:
Annie's restaurant - owned by Jennie McAlpine (FIz) and partner Chirs Farr. Located just off St. Ann's Square on Old Bank Street, Annies is tucked away from the hustle and bustle and the interior reflects just that with its cosy feel.
Ascott Hotel (as stayed in by Ken in 2007): 6 Half Edge Lane, Eccles. M30 9GJ
Audrey's house (old filming location): 91A Victoria Road, Salford. M6 8EF.
Audrey's house (current filming location): Manor Road, Salford. (Not sure of the number, but it's opposite the junction with Dronfield Road)
Chimney Pot Park (used in old credits, and sometimes used for Red Rec): Langworthy Road, Salford
Heaton Park, Manchester (used for larger Red Rec scenes, including the boating lake where Roy and Hayley had their first kiss): Manchester M25 2SW
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Prestwich (used for many Corrie weddings and funerals)
Phelan's house: 5 Ringley Chase, Whitefield
The Old Grapes pub was once owned by Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth) on Little Quay St.
Visit a pub called The Rovers Return in Salford, Manchester.
Further out from Manchester:
The Navigation Inn, once owned by Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner)
The Lantern Pike Inn, where Tony Warren wrote his first Corrie scripts
Doris Speed's house, commemorated by Manchester City Council with a plaque
If you can add to this list of places for Corrie fans to visit when they're in Manchester or the surrounding area, do please leave a comment below, with a weblink if you can, and I'll add details in.
Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.
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