BBC Tour at MediaCityUK

BBC
MediaCityUK
Salford
M50 2EQ

Book now (by following this link you will leave the BBC website)

Tickets are available to buy until midnight the day before your intended visit.

We also offer a CBBC Interactive Tour for children aged 6-11 years old.

Join us on a tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK and walk in the footsteps of some of your favourite celebrities!

Our new home in the North of England is one of the most ambitious projects in the BBC's history. We've thrown open our doors, so you can take a peek behind the scenes.

We're home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live, CBBC, BBC Sport and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.

Our well-informed and friendly tour guides will entertain and surprise you as you walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars. We'll make sure that you see the most interesting areas available when you visit us, as well as giving you a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work.

You can also have a go at making your own news and weather bulletin in our interactive studio.

Our MediaCityUK Tours are extremely popular and capacity is limited – our website shows correct and up-to-date availability.

The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The BBC buildings at MediaCityUK are working buildings, so no two tours are the same, but they'll always be informative, interesting and fun.

CBBC Interactive Tour

Children aged between 6 years and 11 years will love the CBBC Interactive Tour at MediaCityUK.

Go to CBBC Interactive Tour page

If you are planning to book both the Tour of MediaCityUK and the CBBC Interactive Tour on the same day, please be aware that the tours will visit the same studios.  However, the CBBC tour will have a different, child-friendly emphasis.

The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.

**BBC Tours Security Checks**

Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than your tour time, to allow for all security checks to take place before the tour starts.

Please remember that large bags, rucksacks and shopping bags are not allowed on the tour. We do not have cloakroom facilities, so please do not bring these bags with you. Please check our Terms and Conditions for what we allow you to bring.

We hope you understand the need for these extra checks and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

Fantastic tour. I will be recommending this to everyone.

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Prices valid from 1st April 2018 until 31st March 2019

Adult Child Concessions Student Family Ticket
£12.25 £8.25 £11.25 £10.75 £35.50

 

Prices valid from 1st April 2019 until 31st March 2020

Adult Child Concessions Student Family Ticket
£13.00 £9.00 £12.00 £11.50 £38.00

 

Concession (aged 60 and over)

Children (under 18 years)

Under 18s must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult at all times.

Babies or children under 9yrs can't be admitted as the tour is not appropriate for children of this age group.

Blue Peter Badge holders: only available to badge holders aged under 16 (with a badge and badge winner's card) when accompanied by a full paying adult – free. Please have your badge ID number to hand when booking online.

Family Ticket: 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children

Disabled visitors: Concession prices apply for all Blue Badge Holders, Escorts also get free entry but will require a ticket for admission please call our Access Needs line on 0370 901 1227 (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK; textphone for hearing – impaired callers 0370 903 0304) to arrange your tickets.

Group rates are available

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Booking Information

Pre-booking is essential.

Tickets are available to buy until midnight the day before your intended visit.

Tours take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10.30, 12.30 and 15.00; and on Saturdays and Sundays.

Open to anyone aged 9 years and over when accompanied by an adult.

Blue Peter Badge holders: only available to badge holders aged under 16 (with a badge and badge winner's card) when accompanied by a full paying or concessionary adult.  If a disabled Blue Peter badge holder is accompanied by a registered carer, both can gain free entry. Carers must bring along evidence. If a full paying or concessionary adult is accompanied by two children with badges and valid badge cards free entry will be given for both children - please book online and have your badge ID number to hand. If you have any access needs, please call our group bookings and access needs line on 0370 901 1227.  Please note that this offer is not available to adults or anyone aged 16 or over.

For individual and group bookings of fewer than 15 people, please book online using the 'Book now' button above (if you have any access needs, please call our booking line – details below).

Standard geographic charges apply and calls may be included in your telecoms provider's call package. Calls from mobiles may be higher. Calls may be recorded for training.

You can pay by cheque or with a credit or debit card including Visa, Mastercard or Visa Debit

Venue

Dock 10, MediaCityUK

Getting There

BBC, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ

Salford Quays is less than four miles from Manchester city centre, 12 miles from Manchester airport and a short distance from the M60. The SatNav postcode is M50 2EQ. Bus, train and Metrolink information at www.tfgm.com. All tours start promptly from the reception area in the Studio Block. Please arrive five minutes before your tour as we cannot guarantee late entry.

Children

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or we won't be able to admit them. Unfortunately we cannot allow children under the age of 9 on the tour.

Duration: the tour lasts about one and a half hours, with 15 minutes of security checks before the tour begins.

Parking

If I travel by car where can I park and what is the cost?

Parking is available at The Lowry Outlet Mall. The multi-storey car park opens at 7am and is locked at 1am. Disabled badge holders (during centre trading hours only) parking is FREE of charge. Maximum stay of 4 hours.

Customers shopping at Booths at MediaCityUK can park in their short stay car park. Charges apply.

For further details and prices please go to the following website:

http://mediacityuk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/MCUK-Parking.pdf

 

 

Parking for Disabled Visitors

There are 17 disabled bays available in the MediaCityUK car park. The height restriction for the MediaCityUK car park is set at 1.9 metres.

There are also additional disabled parking spaces available by The Holiday Inn.

There is a car park with no height restrictions at the Imperial War Museum North - just a short walk from the BBC at MediaCityUK.  Charges apply.

Coaches

There is limited availablity for coaches to park just before the road blockers by Costa Coffee.

Group Booking

For group bookings of more than 15 people and bookings for visitors with access needs, please call our group bookings and access requirements line on 0370 901 1227* (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK; textphone for hearing-impaired callers 0370 903 0304*) so that we can discuss any specific requirements.

Please note it is not possible to make a booking for fewer than 15 people over the phone unless you have access requirements – please book online. 

Information for Groups

N.B. If you wish to make a booking for a group of 15 people or above, or have any members of your party with specific access requirements, please call our booking group bookings and special access requirements line on 0370 901 1227.

Contents

Important Security Information
Tour Times
Capacity
Recommended Booking Times
Group Rates
Payment Options
Getting to the BBC At MediaCityUK
Children
Cancellation
Tour Duration
Disabled visitor access
Refreshments
Resale of Tickets

Important Security Information

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour to allow for all security checks to take place before the tour starts. Guests will be subject to a person and bag search. Please only bring essential items and keep belongings to a minimum. 

The following items are permitted on the tour

Small bags including handbags (under 40cm x 35cm x 19cm - approximately the size of an A3 sheet of paper)

Prohibited Items

No Backpacks

No Large bags including shopping bags (over 40cm x 35cm x 19cm - approximately the size of an A3 sheet of paper)

No Suitcases

No item where the contents cannot be verified on search such as wrapped presents/gifts


Please note there are no temporary storage facilities for non-permitted bags, it will be left to the guest to find a safe temporary storage facility.

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Tour Times

Weekday tours of MediaCityUK take place on Monday to Friday at 10:30, 12:30 & 15:00. Tours take place on Saturday and Sundays at 10:30, 10:45, 15:15 & 15:30.

Each tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

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Capacity

The maximum capacity for each time slot is 24 people. Groups larger than this have to be divided across two or more times. Please also note that we are generally only able to accommodate one wheelchair user per tour, but please do call us to discuss your requirements.

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Recommended Booking Times

For weekday tours, we recommend booking 3 - 4 months in advance. For weekend tours, we recommend booking 1 - 2 months in advance. Please note that these times should only be used as a guide. We cannot guarantee places will be available even when trying to book this far in advance. All advance bookings are subject to current availability.

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Group Rates

Prices for groups are available for parties of 15 people and above. For further information please call our group bookings and special access requirements line on 0370 901 1227 option 2.

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Payment Options

All reservations must be confirmed five weeks before the tour and payment must be received four weeks before the tour by cheques or debit/credit card. Cheques should be made payable to the BBC and sent to BBC Tours, PO Box 273, Darlington DL1 9LD. Please note that BACS payment is not accepted. If you have booked on behalf of a group please make sure each member of your group is aware of the following information.

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Getting to the BBC At MediaCityUK

Salford Quays is under 4 miles from Manchester City Centre, 12 miles from Manchester Airport and a short distance from the M60. The SatNav postcode for MediaCityUK is M50 2EQ. Bus, train, and Metrolink info can be found on www.tfgm.com. All tours on weekdays start promptly from the Open Centre in the Studio Block.  At the weekend, tours will start promptly from the Reception in Dock House. Please arrive five minutes prior to your tour, as we cannot guarantee late entry. 

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Children

Please make sure all children under 18 are accompanied by an adult, we won't be able to allow them in otherwise. Unfortunately, we can't allow children under the age of 9 yrs on the tour.

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Cancellation

The BBC reserves the right to cancel tours for operational reasons; if this happens we will give you as much notice as possible and refunds or exchanges will be given, but we can't be held responsible for any expenses you have in getting to us. Unfortunately in all other circumstances we're not able to offer any refunds or exchanges.

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Tour Duration

The tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK lasts about one and a half hour's. This includes time for security checks at the beginning of each tour.

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Disabled visitor access

Tours of the BBC at MediaCityUK cover a fair distance. If you need help with access or if you are a wheelchair user, it's vitally important you call our Booking Line on 0370 901 1227 (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK); Textphone for hearing impaired callers 0370 903 0304.

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Refreshments

Costa Coffee, Booths Café, Prezzo, Bella Italia and Wagamamas are all currently on site. A short 10-minute walk takes you to the Lowry Outlet Mall where there are numerous shops and places to eat and drink - Costa Coffee, Burger King, Pizza Express, Subway, Café Rouge etc.

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Resale of Tickets

The resale (or attempted resale) of tickets for commercial profit or gain is strictly prohibited. If a ticket is resold for commercial profit or gain the ticket will be void and the BBC reserves the right to refuse entry to any person in possession of such a ticket.

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Reviews
  • Our guides, Lee and Lindsey - Very informative and personable. I have spinal injuries and have mobility issues, and use 2 sticks. Lee and Lindsey were unobtrusively attentive to my potential needs quietly ensuring that I was comfortable without drawing me to the attention of the group. They also made sure that the Hungarian  group understood the British cultural  references
  • It was also great that when I signed in at reception they wished me happy birthday a really nice personal touch.
  • Sitting on the red sofa, meeting Roger Johnson (he was very entertaining and informative) and reading the news in the 'mock up studio'
  • The knowledgeability of the tour guides, the chance to see the advanced technology that BBC uses, and the excellent use of space that BBC achieves with the studios
  • The personality of the guides combined with the fact that at no time were we made to feel time pressured, even though it ran over slightly.
  • The 2 guides were very pleasant, informative and approachable. The facts and stories they told were interesting and it was great to see behind the scenes.
  • Fascinating to see the studios for blue Peter and BBC breakfast and surprised how small they were. It was also good to see that the BBC was not lavishing the licence payers money on luxuries.
Accessibility Information

Accessibility Information for BBC Tours at MediaCityUK

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

There are two statements, which can be accessed using the links below:

Access Statement for BBC Tours at MediaCityUK

Neurodiversity Accessibility Information

Additional accessibility information for visitors with Autism Spectrum Conditions, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions.

Watch the Neurodiversity video for an interactive overview.

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Access Statement for BBC Tours at MediaCityUK

Contents - Access Statement

Introduction
Pre-Arrival
Car Parking and Arrival
Main Entrance, Reception and Ticketing Area
Attraction (displays, exhibits, rides etc.)
Public Toilets
Additional Information
Contact Information

Introduction

The BBC at MediaCityUK is offering people the chance to take a tour of the state of the art studios situated in The Studio Block and BBC Buildings at MediaCityUK Salford. Have a look behind the scenes of programmes such as Match of The Day and 6Music, and even take part in a special recording of a TV programme.

Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours and give you an exciting insight into the world of broadcasting.

Please note the BBC at MediaCityUK is a working site, so we cannot guarantee who or what you will see on the day of your visit.

For any access related queries please call our group bookings and access requirements line – 0370 901 1227* (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK; textphone for hearing impaired callers – 0370 903 0304*). 

Our tour is fully accessible for wheelchair users, a wheelchair is also available to loan (please call our group bookings and access requirements line in advance). Scripts used for interactivity are available in Braille. A sign language interpreter can be booked in advance at no extra charge. Assistance dogs are welcome in our premises.

Most of our Tour Guide staff have been trained by MENCAP and the British Institute for Learning Disabilities.

We are members of Visit England's Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme.

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone our group bookings and access requirements line.

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Pre-Arrival

The Piazza and streets around the MediaCityUK site are paved and well lit. There is a combination of steps and slight slopes. There are lifts to use in the Studio Block and in all BBC buildings. The whole site is wheelchair accessible.

The nearest train station is Manchester Piccadilly in the city centre. There are regular trams running from Piccadilly Station direct to MediaCityUK all week and the MediaCityUK tram stop is located in the heart of the Piazza in front of the BBC buildings. There is also an Eccles tram service where visitors can get off at the Harbour City tram stop and walk to MediaCityUK (5 minutes walk away).

The No. 50 bus route is the closest one to MediaCityUK and runs from Manchester city centre to The Quays, stopping just outside The Lowry Theatre. From the bus stop, the BBC buildings are visible and are a short walk away (3 minutes). 

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Car Parking and Arrival

You can find details about travelling to MediaCityUK on the MediaCityUK website.

There is a coach drop-off point near Costa Coffee. There is limited parking available for coaches in the bays just before Costa Coffee.

Visitors coming by car can be dropped off at the Holiday Inn which is slightly nearer to the BBC buildings than the car park, but cars can’t drive any further into MediaCityUK than the Holiday Inn.

The floor surface is paved, level, firm and well lit from the Piazza into the Open Centre where the BBC Tours reception desk is located.

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Main Entrance, Reception and Ticketing Area

Would all visitors please meet in Reception of BBC Dock House. The reception area has some television monitors showing BBC output and seating is available too. This is where visitors sign in for their Tour and receive their safety briefing from the Tour Guides. 

Media City Studio Block
The Studio Block

Media City Reception
BBC Tours Reception, The Open Centre, Studio Block

The floor in the Open Centre is step free.

There is stable seating available in the cafe, though it may be limited during busy times, with adequate space for a wheelchair user to pull up alongside a seated companion.

Media City Cafe
The Cafe, The Open Centre, Studio Block

The floor surface in the Open Centre is tiled throughout.

The area is evenly lit with natural light as the building has a glass front from floor to ceiling. There is additional lighting from ceiling spot lights.

All the reception desks at MediaCityUK have low counter desk areas, suitable for wheelchair users. The height of the low counter on the BBC Tours reception desk is 711mm (18in).

Tickets for BBC MediaCityUK Tours need to be pre-booked by visiting the BBC Tours website (www.bbc.co.uk/tours). Groups of more than 15 people or any visitors with access needs should ring our group booking and access requirements line to make a booking.

A sign language interpreter is available if requested in advance, at no extra charge.

Wheelchair loan is offered to visitors at the time of booking. We can normally accommodate one wheelchair on each tour, but call the group booking and access requirements line so we can discuss arrangements for further wheelchairs.

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Attraction (displays, exhibits, rides etc.)

Visitors are welcomed by two guides on each tour who introduce, describe and explain each broadcasting area along the tour route. Automated audio tours are not offered to visitors as every tour is different (the route is dependent on the availability of studios).

There is a visual display showing the timeline of the BBC at MediaCityUK, it has been created in an appropriate size to ensure maximum visibility.

Media City Timeline
Timeline, Quay House

There are no flashing light displays along the tour route. However, visitors are warned before entering broadcast studios of any low-level lighting.

In certain TV or radio studios, music and 'on-air' broadcasts can be heard through speakers from time to time. Guides will keep background noise to a minimum on each tour.

Entry in Dock House and Bridge House on Tours are through electronic access doors.

Media City Electric Doors Dock House
Electronic access door in Dock House and Bridge House

The guide will open the door and ensure everyone gets through safely.

From the reception areas of Bridge House and Dock House visitors are then guided through electronic glass security doors. These are double doors and are held open by security to allow the tour to pass safely.

Media City Electric Glass Door
Electronic glass security doors used in Dock House & Bridge House

Entry into The Studio Block is through electronic access doors which are opened by the guide.

Entry into Quay House is through an electronic door. There is a step up to get into the building and an access ramp is available for anyone in a wheelchair. The ramp is put in place by the Guides when needed. The height of the step is 114mm (4.5in).

Media City Ramp
Entrance into Quay House with wheelchair ramp in place

Doors into studios are soundproofed and, therefore, heavier than usual. The Tour Guides hold open these doors as much as possible during tours to improve visitor access. The standard door opening widths on the tour route range from 860mm - 1070mm (34in - 42in). Many are double doors which can be opened fully to allow wheelchair access.

Some seating is available in Radio studio areas and guides will put out some chairs in TV studios if required.

Seating is offered during the interactive elements of the tour.

Media City Seating
Seating in the Interactive Room, Quay House

Media City Adult Seating CBBC
Adult seating in the CBBC Interactive Room, Bridge House

Seating in the Radio Drama Interactive Room

Each tour route is different and some may visit studios on the first or second floor of buildings. Lifts are available for any visitors who needed to use them, rather than take the stairs.

There is a combination of short pile patterned and plain carpet, wooden flooring and painted concrete flooring along the tour route.

The tour route is evenly lit throughout with fluorescent tube lighting. Lighting can differ in radio and TV studios, which often have spot lights or studio lighting. Tour Guides ensure that rooms are lit to their full capacity when showing visitors around.

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Public Toilets

Public toilets are available in the Open Centre on the ground floor.

Media City WC Entrance
Entrance to the toilets, The Open Centre in the Studio Block

There are separate male/female toilets and a unisex accessible WC.

The accessible WC has baby changing facilities and is open to the public - no RADAR key is required.

Media City Access WC
Accessible WC in the Open Centre, the Studio Block

There is level entry to the accessible toilet in the Open Centre.

The width of the door to the accessible toilet is 890mm (35in).

There is clear space for a wheelchair to the right of the accessible toilet.

The height of the toilet from the floor is 450mm (18in).

There are both horizontal and vertical grab rails by the toilet.

A red alarm cord is situated in the toilet and can be pulled if visitors need assistance.

The toilet is well lit.

The floor of the toilet is tiled.

The height of the washbasin in the toilet is 711mm (18in).

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Additional Information

The majority of BBC Tours staff have received training by MENCAP and the British Institute for Learning Disabilities.

All Tour Guides can operate fire evacuation chairs and will lead and assist visitors in the event of an evacuation. There are also green and white visual signs around the buildings detailing evacuation routes which comply with statutory health and safety regulations.

We welcome assistance dogs to the site. There are no specific facilities available for assistance dogs, but there is space for assistance dogs to rest in the Open Centre and water is available to them on request.

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Contact Information

Address: BBC MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2BH 
Telephone: 0370 901 1227* (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK; textphone for hearing impaired callers 0370 903 0304*)
Website: www.bbc.co.uk/tours 
Hours Of Operation: Tours run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Fridays during school holidays) at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am, 10.45am, 12.30pm, 12.45pm, 3.00pm and 3.15pm.

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An overview of the site at MediaCityUK



Neurodiversity Accessibility Information

Additional accessibility information for visitors with Autism Spectrum Conditions, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions.

Contents - Neurodiversity Accessibility

Watch the Neurodiversity video for an interactive overview.

How to find MediaCityUK
Main Entrance, Reception and Ticket Area
Guide Introduction
Background Noise
Tour Route
Public Toilets
Stairs
Radio Studio
Blue Peter Studio
Studio Room - Interactive
Children’s Tour
End of Tour

 

How to find MediaCityUK

There are good travel instructions, aerial photos and maps on these links.  There is a tram stop, good cycle parking facilities, and a multi-storey car park.

http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/destination/getting-here

http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/interactive-map/

There is information on the tours for adults or for children on this link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/media_city

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Main Entrance, Reception and Ticket Area

The reception desk for tours is located in the Studio Block, in the middle of the Piazza. This is where visitors sign in for their tour and receive their safety briefing from the Tour Guides. Visitors are given a neck strap and badge to wear whilst they are on the tour.  It is a large open plan, glass fronted building with seating available in the cafe.

Media City Studio Block
The Studio Block

Media City Reception
BBC Tours Reception, The Open Centre, Studio Block

There is seating available in the cafe though all the seats may be occupied during busy times.

Media City Cafe
The Cafe, The Open Centre, Studio Block

There may be displays from famous programmes.  These will vary.

The floor surface in the Open Centre is tiled throughout.  It is a very echoey space.

The area has some natural light. There is additional lighting from ceiling spot lights.  There is some fluorescent lighting throughout the building.

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Guide Introduction

Visitors are welcomed by two guides on each tour.  They introduce, describe and explain each broadcasting area along the tour route.  Tour routes will vary so that people can see the best things for that day.  The information in this guide gives a general idea of what you may see.  It is not a guarantee that you will visit those exact rooms.

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Background Noise

In certain TV or radio studios, music and 'on-air' broadcasts can be heard through speakers from time to time. Guides will keep background noise to a minimum on each tour.  There is noise from air conditioning and machinery.

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Tour Route

The tours will take you to other buildings.  These may be Quay House, Dock House or Bridge House.  You go back outside with the tour guides and the group to get to each building.

Entry in Quay House, Dock House and Bridge House on tours are through electronic access doors and revolving doors.

Media City Electric Doors Dock House
Electronic access door in Dock House and Bridge House

The guide will open the door and ensure everyone gets through safely.

Media City Electric Glass Door
Electronic glass security doors used in Dock House & Bridge House

From the reception areas of Bridge House and Dock House visitors are then guided through electronic glass security doors. These are double doors and are held open by reception staff to allow the tour to pass safely.

Entry into The Studio Block is through electronic access doors which are opened by the guide.

Seating is offered during the interactive parts of the Tour.

Media City Seating
Seating in the Interactive Room, Quay House

Media City Adult Seating CBBC
Adult seating in the CBBC Interactive Room, Bridge House

Each tour route is different and some may visit studios on the first or second floor of buildings. Lifts are available for any visitors who needed to use them, rather than take the stairs.

There is a combination of multi-coloured/patterned carpet, wooden flooring and painted concrete flooring along the tour route.

The tour route is lit with fluorescent and studio lighting.

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Public Toilets

Public toilets are available in the Studio Block building where the tour starts from, on the ground floor near the café and tour desk.

Media City WC Entrance
Entrance to the toilets, The Open Centre in the Studio Block

There are separate male/female toilets and a unisex accessible WC.

The accessible WC has baby changing facilities and is open to the public - no RADAR door key is required to get into this WC.

Media City Access WC
Accessible WC in the Open Centre, the Studio Block

Media City Ladies 1
The ladies’ toilets.

Media City Ladies 2
The hand basins and hand dryer in the ladies’ toilet block.

The gents toilets.

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Media City Mens2

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Stairs

Media City Stairs2
A typical staircase in the Studio building. Metal hand rails.

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Radio Studio

You will visit a radio studio in one of the BBC buildings.  There may be brightly coloured carpets and various trip hazards.  Please be very careful and do not touch or play with anything unless the tour guide gives you permission.

Media City Drums

In the Studio building, you may be asked to help with creating sound effects in one of the radio studios.  There are objects which make various noises.  The tour guides will explain what to do.

Media City Sound

You will be given the chance to go into the soundproof room. It has foam bricks on the walls to muffle sound and fluorescent lighting. 

Media City Chamber

In the Studio building, you have a choice of using a staircase with stripy carpet, steel hand rails and bright lighting, or a lift.

Media City Stairs1

There may be various toys, games and objects in the hallways.  Please follow instructions not to touch or photograph anything unless a tour guide says you may do so.

Media City Corridor

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Blue Peter Studio

You may go into the Blue Peter studio.  There is intense studio lighting and reflective floor surfaces.  You will be given instructions on what you can stand on and what you can touch.  Guests are not allowed on the raised stage area.

Media City BP 1

Media City BP 2

Media City Corridor2

You may have the chance to go into the corridor for the staff, which leads to a makeup room, which is shown below.

Media City Changing

This is a typical area you may pass through in the Studio building.

Media City Waiting

You will leave the Studio building and go to another of the BBC buildings next door, Quay House. 

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Studio Room - Interactive

You will go through a corridor to reach a studio room.  In this, you will be given the chance to practise saying some news or a weather forecast in front of a camera, with others in the tour group.  There is a seating area where you can watch if you do not wish to do this.  The tour guides will give instructions on what to do and not do in this area. There are studio props that you will be told you can touch.  There is bright studio lighting and some machinery noise.  You will spend about 15 minutes in this part of the tour.

Media City Studio

After this, you will leave the building and go back through the corridor, to outside, and then back to the Studio building. 

Media City Exit

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Children’s Tour

Those going on the children’s tour will have the chance to practise being part of a children’s show in front of cameras.  This is the CBBC recording studio room for this.  It is very brightly lit. There is some studio machinery noise.  There is seating for tour guests.  Children do not have to take part if they do not want to.  The room may look slightly different to this, with different props and items in it.  The tour guides will explain what to do.

Media City CBBC

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End of Tour

At the end of your visit, you will be asked to give back your neck strap with its ID card to one of the tour guides as you leave.

 

An overview of the site at MediaCityUK

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