Old Granada Studios – located in the heart of Manchester City Centre – is a platform for creativity, innovation and urban exploration. Mixing commerce, events, arts and culture, Old Granada Studios utilizes Manchester’s iconic built heritage to provide the foundations for a hive of activity.

We’re here to focus on the regeneration of Manchester’s next arts and culture destination.



Old Granada Studios is located on Quay Street in Manchester. It was built in 1954 and founded by Sidney Bernstein as part of Granada Television.

The facilities were equipped to do both recorded and live filming, and were the headquarters for Granada between 1956 and 2013. Until 2013 Old Granada Studios were the oldest operating purpose-built television studios in the United Kingdom.

 Old Granada Studios has been home to many great television programmes such as Coronation Street, King Lear with Sir Laurence Olivier, Brideshead Revisited, Cracker and The Royle Family. The studios have also been the start of many glittering careers and notably is the venue in which the Beatles gave their first ever television performance in the 1962.

The studios have now closed and ITV Granada and ITV Studios have moved to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and Trafford Quays.