“ Offline Shopping / Type: Retail Parks / Address: Stadium Way / Rotherham / South Yorkshire / S60 1TG / England „
Living in Sheffield we're quite blessed to have one of the country's best shopping centres on our doorstep in Meadowhall. If the wife or I ever want something our first trip is usually a jaunt to Meadowhall. However, sometimes it's nice to go to different places and Parkgate retail park
in Rotherham is one of those places.
Now, there's no easy way to say this (and I apologise to any Rotherham folk in advance), but Rotherham is a dump. It's a horrible old run-down town whose only redeeming feature is that it's close to Sheffield and a sniff of civilisation.
However, Parkgate is the jewel in Rotherham's dirty plastic crown.
Parkgate is an open-air retail park containing around 40 large shops including TJ Hughes, Next, Argos, Curry's, Matalan, Dorothy Perkins and strangely a big Morrison's. In truth, there's not too much to entice a fashion-conscious gentleman like myself, but it makes a change from being dragged around Meadowhall!!
There'd around 2,000 free car parking spaces although these can get filled quite quickly at busy times such as weekends or the January sales.
If you're after something to eat or drink, you'll find a KFC, Pizza Hut and Subway, but there's nowhere to have a proper sir-down meal - no Frankie & Benny's or TGI Friday's-type places... but in hindsight, it's probably best to be in Rotherham for as short a time as possible, so the lack of restaurants is more of a blessing in disguise!
If you feel like having a trip to Parkgate, more information can be found on their website at: www.parkgateshopping.co.uk