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A walk along (possibly) the most famous cobbled street in the world… and it is not Roman!

A walk along (possibly) the most famous cobbled street in the world… and it is not Roman!

OK, I admit it. I am a fan of Coronation Street. I have been watching the programme for as long as I can remember, even back to the black and white telly days when Ena Sharples, et al, was amongst the cast.

DSC_3879So, on a visit to friends in Cheshire, when the opportunity presented itself, I took myself off to Manchester for ‘Coronation Street The Tour’, adding to the extraordinary number of over half-a-million visitors from across the world to the former television set. The filming has since relocated to a new home at MediaCityUK.

DSC_3853The tour took me behind the scenes of the Quay Street set. Key interior sets include the living room of the Platts, and the Rovers Return, where I sat in one of the cosy booths so often frequented by stars of the show. I even stood behind the bar and pretended to pull a pint of Newton & Ridley best bitter, while I had my photograph taken. Sad, I know, but just a little memento, along with the N & R beer coaster on my desk.

DSC_3847It was then out through the doors of Nick’s Bistro to the street itself, to the accompanying tune of the show. Yes, it was a most enjoyable afternoon, and I make no apologies for being a fan of the soap.

  • DSC_3876‘Coronation Street The Tour’ has already gone through one extension, and you now have until the end of December 2015 before the street closes for good, so grab yourself a ticket.


















  • All images © Essential Journeys/Michael Cowton

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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