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Monks Cross Shopping Park, York
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Advantages: covered, lots of parking, quieter than the city
Disadvantages: most of the shops can be found in the city
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.
Summary: A decent shopping park