Coronation Street fans blast £35 charge to visit new studios

Coronation Street fans are angry after cobbling ­together £35 to visit the new studios.

They have blasted the 80-minute tour as “very false” “lacking in atmosphere” and a waste of money.

They also moaned of being unable to get behind the Rovers’ bar at Corrie’s new £10million Salford studios, which opened to the public at the weekend.

The old Granada Studios set in Manchester, which closed in 2015, cost £16 to tour.

One visitor to the new build tweeted the tour was “very scripted and felt very false”.

She wrote: “No opportunity to go in the Rovers behind the bar. No atmosphere at all.”

She added: “If you’re thinking of ­going on the #CorrieTour don’t bother! Very disappointing just walking down the cobbles.

"Really didn’t feel like the #corrie experience. Waste of £35.”

Other diehard fans moaned that kids had to pay full price and called the tour “absolute robbery.”

But a source said: “There’s been an overwhelming response following the first weekend of the new tour.

“Less than half the tickets are left for upcoming tours.

“It’s incomparable to the old site, which was not a live working set.”

But Corrie fans are not the only ones who have to pay through the nose to view the sets of their favourite shows.

In Leeds the 90-minute Emmerdale Village Tour sets back fans £32. While visiting Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle in Hampshire costs £23.

But getting a taste of gang life on the streets on Birmingham over 100 years ago with the real Peaky Blinders tour will set you back £39.95.

The nurses of Call The Midwife may call the East End their home on the show, but fans are taken to Chatham in Kent – one of the filming locations – for the £25 show tour.

The new Corrie studio will be open on selected Saturdays until November.

The external sets include the famous cobbled street plus Rosamund Street and the new extended Victoria Street, home to the kebab shop, Roys’ Rolls and the builder’s yard where Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle Keegan, fell to her death in 2014.

The area has been aged to look as though it has been there for as long as Coronation Street and Rosamund Street. In a nod to the soap’s 58-year history the road on the new set is made from cobbles reclaimed from the old Quay Street site.

The set includes a police station, a tram stop and a community ­garden containing a ­mosaic-covered memorial bench.

It stands as a special ­tribute to Corrie fan and Manchester Arena victim Martyn Hett and all those killed in last year’s bombing.

The tours are run by Continuum Attractions and boss Juliana Delaney said: “We’re ­delighted some will be lucky enough to follow in the ­footsteps of their favourite characters.”

Source: Read Full Article