'Coronation Street' on Airbnb: world's longest-running TV soap opera is open for a sleepover

Guests can live like a Weatherfield local in a pop-up house next door to The Rovers Return

The Rovers Annexe is located right next door to the Rovers Return. Courtesy Airbnb / Fabio De Paola / PA Wire
The Rovers Annexe is located right next door to the Rovers Return. Courtesy Airbnb / Fabio De Paola / PA Wire

The world's longest-running soap opera is set to host its first overnight visitors.

Fans of UK soap opera Coronation Street can spend the night on the cobbles in the fictional town of Weatherfield.

Staying in a pop-up house called The Rovers' Annexe, two guests will get the chance to immerse themselves in the long-running soap's history.

Clad in the street's quintessential red-brick, the house is right next door to The Rovers Return – the working-class pub where many of the soap's storylines unfold.

The one-bedroom house sleeps two guests and has a classic Coronation Street design, including wood panelling and patterned wallpaper. 
The one-bedroom house sleeps two guests and has a classic 'Coronation Street' design, including wood panelling and patterned wallpaper.

Available to book for a one-night stay on Saturday, October 2 only, superfans who reserve the Airbnb will also get a private tour of the set, followed by a hotpot dinner while watching classic Corrie reruns.

What better way to celebrate Britain opening up again than your very own staycation on the nation’s favourite Street

John Whiston, ITV

Inside, the tiny house doesn't look out of place on the street, with a living room with wood panelling and patterned wallpaper, and a small adjoining dining area. The bedroom has prime Weatherfield views. Guests will also get the chance to pop over to The Rovers Return for a drink, and breakfast will be served courtesy of Roy's Rolls, the street's cafe owned by Roy Cropper.

Located in England's Greater Manchester, The Rovers’ Annexe costs £60 ($84) for the night, and the fee is being donated to charity. Bookings will open at 1pm (UK time) on Wednesday, May 26.

The Airbnb listing coincides with Covid-19 restrictions easing in the UK.

“What fan of Coronation Street hasn’t had a dream where you find yourself transported into the show itself, wandering around the houses of your best loved characters," said John Whiston, head of continuing drama at ITV.

Breakfast will be served from Roy's Rolls. Courtesy Airbnb / Fabio De Paola / PA Wire
Breakfast will be served from Roy's Rolls. Courtesy Airbnb

"This unique stay gives you the chance to do just that, stay the night and wake up right next to The Rovers Return. What better way to celebrate Britain opening up again than your very own staycation on the nation’s favourite Street.”

The lucky pair who book the stay will be in good company – The Rovers' Annexe looks out towards Audrey's house and is just along the street from Preston's Petals flower shop. Further along the cobbles is Fiz and Tyrone's house, and local grocery store The Kabin.

Although the set interiors will be closed, visitors will be able to wander around Coronation Street as much as they like, and can also take in the nearby Victoria Street and the ginnel, a small back alleyway where lots of Corrie drama has unfolded over the years.

Guests can wander the Coronation Street cobbles as much as they like during the stay. Courtesy Airbnb / Fabio De Paola / PA Wire
Guests can wander the Coronation Street cobbles as much as they like during the stay. Courtesy Airbnb

Coronation Street has been ongoing for more than 60 years, making it the world's longest longest-running TV soap opera.

The series centres around a corner shop and a pub in Weatherfield, a fictional town in northern England. It was first aired on December 7, 1960 and was originally only expected to run for a couple of months.

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Updated: May 23, 2021 01:44 PM

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