Everyone might need good neighbours but few people have ones as famous as those who live on Ramsay Street
. And with Neighbours
airing near dinnertime in Ireland for the past 30 years, you probably know Ramsay Street’s residents better than your own neighbours.
In the same way diehard Sex and the City fans flock to New York City for the show’s sightseeing tour, one of the best attractions in Melbourne
for Neighbours fans is heading down to the real life Ramsay Street.
Ramsay Street is a little tricky to find on a map, because it exists only in the show – in real life you’ll be looking for the Pin Oak Court cul-de-sac, which you can visit and take a guided tour. If this piece of trivia has you stumped already, you best read on to discover the essential things you need to know before you head to TV land and meet some of those good neighbours.
1. Check if the bus stops at your hotel or hostel
The tour bus that brings you straight to Ramsay Street does stop-offs outside a lot of the major hotels and hostels, so it’s worth checking whether it stops at yours. Be sure to check if you can get the bus right from your doorstep.
2. You probably won’t see any filming
You wouldn’t know it for a show that airs every weekday, but Neighbours is only filmed in just over 40 days of the year. The set is closed to the public while the show is being filmed, so sadly you won’t get to see any your favourite neighbours in action. On the plus side however, that leaves any of the other 325 days for you to visit.
3. But fear not, you’re likely to see a star or two knocking around!
Part of the tour involves a meet-and-greet with at least one or two of the Neighbours
’ stars – past or present. If you’re a long-term fan, you may be hoping to meet one of the older all-time favourites, while the fans that have just hopped on the bandwagon may get lucky and see one of the newer stars. It’s all down to potluck, but no matter whom you meet on the day, you are guaranteed a good chat and a photograph with a well-known Neighbours’ actor on the real Ramsay Street.
4. You’ll pick up all the goss along the way
The tour guides, as you might expect, are chock-full of Neighbours-related trivia and facts that we’re sure any fan would be interested to hear. But the tour bus driver has also been known to drop some entertaining bits of gossip while ferrying people between the sets, so nab a good seat up front!
5. You can choose to see the other sets
There are a couple of tour options available, and if you’re a big Neighbours fan, Ramsay Street might not be enough for you. Instead, you can opt for the Ultimate Tour
, which takes visitors up to Global Television Studios
after they have seen the street. Here you can explore Lassiter’s Complex, including the lake, Carpenter Mechanics, Charlie’s Bar and Harold’s Store.
6. One of the most popular tour guides is Irish
Some people are wary of guided tours, due to the possibility of getting stuck with a boring guide; a good tour guide can really make or break the experience. However, it should come as no surprise that an Irish guide called Gerry has proved very entertaining and popular in reviews
, so look out for him while booking your tour.
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