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WHAT IS MONKS CROSS?
Monks Cross is a shopping park which is outdoor but is covered so it's good for rainy days. There are plenty of pedestrian crossings in the area and in the car park so it feels like a safe place to be wandering around.
It is open from 9.30am - 8pm Monday to Friday which is good as a lot of the city stores will be closed at 5 or 6pm. On Saturdays the park is open from 9am-7m and on Sundays 11am-5pm.
Monks Cross Shopping
Monks Cross Drive
York YO32 9GX
I personally think the best way to visit Monks Cross is to drive due to it having plenty of parking plus the fact that I have a habit of leaving shopping bags on public transport. There are buses from The Stonebow in York which regularly go to Monks Cross if you do want to get the bus. This takes around 20 minutes.
There are toilets and baby changing facilities in both the shopping park and the supermarkets.
There is plenty of free car parking in the shopping park for up to 4 hours and both supermarkets.
Also available is free wheelchair hire in the information centre where the toilets are located.
The layout of this shopping park has all of the food stores right next door to each other and only the supermarket cafe at the other side of the park. It isn't too far to cut across the car park from one side to the other though.
I think I've visited most of the food branches at the shopping park. There is a Pizza Hut which is delicious but gets very busy at lunchtimes so don't expect to walk in and be seated immediately.
Macdonalds also get busy but seating doesn't seem to be too much of an issue in either.
There is also a starbucks if you want a yummy coffee and cake.
All of those mentioned above have seating both inside and out which is good for a warm day.
BHS has a small cafe but I don't find it as good as the larger BHS cafe in York. The M & S clothing store has an espresso bar and there is also a coffee shop in the travel agents but I find Starbucks better than either of these.
For more selection both Asda and Sainsbury's have cafes which are very good value. It isn't always brilliant but the majority of the time you can get a nice snack or meal at a good price.
Shops - There are a variety of shops to shop for something for all the family. There should be something for everyone here.
For clothing stores include: New Look, Evans (for plus sizes), Miss Selfridge, Topshop, Marks & Spencers, Next, Topman, River Island and Outfit which sells many brands (such as Wallis and Dorothy Perkins) in one shop.
Other shops include Sports Direct which sells men and womens clothing and sporting equipment, Evans cycles, Blacks, Laura Ashley, H&M, Hobbycraft, Thomas Cook, Clarks, Clinton Cards, Monsoon Accesorize, Game, Poundland and Boots with a pharmacy counter.
Other shops which are not technically in the shopping park but are only a stones throw away are -
Asda supermarket - With an opticians, a photo developing counter and cafe.
Sainsburys supermarket with cafe.
Why you should visit Monks Cross?
- If you're driving there is plenty of free parking.
- The shops seem quieter than in the city so it's generally a more relaxing shopping trip.
- The one place I visit Monks Cross to go to is Asda as there isn't one where I live and there's often good deals to be found in the clothing department, electricals and books.
- There also isn't a TKMaxx in York centre. I find this store very hit and miss no matter what town or city it's in. Some days there are plenty of nice clothes and household goods to be got, other days the place resembles a jumble sale and it just takes too much rooting around and effort to find anything you like.
- If you have the time, Waterworld (an indoor pool with a few slides) is just over the road. So if you are travelling with children who are old enough to visit here unsupervised, or with a partner who can take them, they could enjoy the pool for a couple of hours while you walk across the road and shop.
Why shouldn't you visit Monks Cross?
- A few years ago I would have definitely recommended this place, but these days though the majority of the shops at Monks Cross also have branches in York center, and in most cases the city center branches are both bigger and better than the Monks Cross branches.
- It's not within walking distance of any of the sights of York, shopping in the centre of York you will walk past many of the tourist hotspots on your way.
It all depends on what you are wanting to shop for, if I was visiting Monks Cross there are many of the stores mentioned that I wouldn't go into, some days I could walk around and be finished shopping in under an hour.
If you visit York regularly I would say give it a go for a change and less crowds. If you're short on time though I would probably say give it a miss.
I visit this shopping park on a regular basis, it offers good parking with disabled parking for me which is very handy.
It is open 7 days a week:
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 7pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm and Bank holidays 10am to 5pm.
It can be found A1036 near York in Yorkshire.
It has a variety of store, all around an outside area which all run next to each other in a kind of half circle, the shops are easily accessable from the inner pavement area.
They have a Marks and Spencer store and a British Home store but the latter is now a homestore not clothing.
They have Clarks, Debenhams, Evans, Blacks, New Look, M&S Food,Mamas & Papas, Next, River Island, WH Smith,Outfit, and many more well known stores, they have a lovely Laura Ashley there and it is excellently set out, they also have a Thomas Cook if you want to book a holiday and it has a little cafe bar inside for a drink, and they have a system where you can book to see someone if it is busy, so you can go and book an appointment and go shopping while it is time to go back, which is handy and you do not have to sit around and wait.
Nearby is an Asda store which is almost joined onto the shopping area, and just around the corner is a large Sainsburys store which also has some shops next to it, Argos is in this area and TKMaxx.
Sometimes it can become busy when it is the weekend, but the opening times are excellent with being open until 7pm on Saturdays and 8pm weekdays, so if you need anything you can just pop out to this park and do your shopping. It gets extremely busy at christmas time as all shops do and most of all with Asda being next to it, their customers tend to use the parking spaces in the shopping area, which can be a nuisance because you tend to be going around in circles trying to park somewhere. The parking is convienently situated right next to the shops so you do not have to walk very far to the shops and if you just want a particular shop you can almost park outside that shop.
There is a Tourist Information Centre in a corner area and it has toilets inside and a few tables and chairs to sit on as there are also drink and sweet vending machines, there is also 1 disabled toilet inside.
There is a stand inside with leaflets on all the attractions in the area of York and Yorkshire which is very handy if you do not know the area and are visiting on holiday etc.
It is situated about 3 or 4 miles from York City centre if you are in the area you can take a day around York.
York is a historical city and I love it there, it has alot to offer and they do lots of street entertaining etc.
Telephone number for Monks Cross is 01904 672111.
I would highly recommend a visit here if you are in the area or have not been before as you will not be disappointed as the shops are excellent.
I give this a 5 star rating for the amount of shops and convience of the parking area.
Just recently my wife and I were enjoying a trip around York when we came across the Monks Cross Shopping Park. (Noted in future in this review as MXSP). Located on the A1036 to the north west of York city centre, MXSP is ideal for those people wishing to shop in a quieter area than the city itself. Both my wife and I like this way to shop. MXSP is open 7 days per week. The opening times are as follows: 9.30 am until 8 pm on weekdays. 9 am until 7 pm on Saturdays (a recent happening). 11 am until 5 pm on Sundays. There are over 1000 free car-parking spaces available within easy reach from the shops. Directions to MXSP from different parts of Yorkshire are as follows: By road: 1) From the east, which includes Malton and Scarborough, you drive along the A64 towards York to the first roundabout on the outer ring road. Turn right towards York and then left at the next roundabout. This road is the A1036. Drive to the next roundabout and turn right to MXSP. 2) From Bridlington follow the A166 to the outer ring road. Turn right until you come to the A64 roundabout. Bear left there and follow the outer ring road to the next roundabout and turn left onto the A1036. Then follow instructions as above. 3) From the north which includes Harrogate and the A1. You need to follow the A59 (signposted to York), to the first roundabout on the outer ring road. Turn left on to the A1237. Follow this road until you see the signs for MXSP. 4) From Leeds and the A1 south. Follow the A64 signed to York. Turn left at the sign for MXSP and follow the signs. 5) By bus: frequent buses run to and from MXSP to York. The information line for these services is 01904 551400. If you have any problems on locating MXSP their e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org With York being a University City and a cyclists heaven, MXSP designers have had installed a cycle path around the pa
rk. This makes for easier access for all you students out there. **Now to the nitty gritty ? The shops and restaurants** Most of the shops and restaurants are in a flat ?U? shape around the large car park. These shops include: PC World, Textile World, Clarks, New Look, BHS Homestore (which includes some ladies fashions). Other stores are Dixons, JJB Sports, Evans, Boots, Woolworths, Topshop/Topman, Sports Soccer, HMV, Going Places, Asda, Carphone Warehouse and many more. The Outfit Store not mentioned above features Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse, Principles, Tammy, Burtons, Adams, and Wallis. I particularly like the layout of this park for shopping, as there are no main roads to cross and all the shops are entered from an undercover walkway. One of my favourite stores to visit is BHS. This store has lots of different ideas for the home and is easy to walk round. Restaurants and eating places, I think, are fairly limited. These are Pizza Hut, McDonalds, BB Muffins, and Burger King. Within the park is an Information Centre, which includes restrooms for all persons As this is a newish park, there are one or two areas still under wraps. On the leaflet I picked up from the Information Centre, there is a proposed Science Park and proposed Park and Ride. The latter, I think, will be of great help for the residents of York and the surrounding areas. All in all, this park is clean, the shops are very accessible and the car park very convenient to the shops. Well done to the designers, and I will spend many an hour strolling around MXSP.
I think that New Look affers good value for money. The clothes are fashionable yet affordable. New Look regularly has special offers or sales of up to 70% off. Last week at Monks cross they had a special offer of buy one sale item and get one free. The clothes on the rails were basic, but if you could find something in your size then it was definately worth while taking New look up on their offer. New look offers clothes for teenagers, Casual clothes, smart clothes and clothes in larger sizes, so there's something for almost everyone. New look also offers a large selection of accessories such as, scarfs, hats, jewellery, hair clips, purses, picture frames, toiletries, cushions, cd racks etc. The amount of choice avilable depends upon which store you decide to visit as items might vary from store to store. New Look has a large range of stores all over the country, e.g Scarborough, Bridlington, York, Middlesborough to name but a few. The only disadvantage I have found is that some of the aisles are too small in some of the stores and this causes problems for people with prams.