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      06.02.2011 15:29
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      I go there just for a day trip even from the North East because its EXCELLENT

      The Arndale Manchester is a major shopping centre in the North West, and infact the whole of the UK, it's owned by Capital Shopping Centres who own many other major shopping centres in the UK include Europes largest shopping centre which is in Gateshead/Newcastle, the Metrocentre.

      The Arndale is all under one roof so makes it very weather proof, and sees thousands of visitors every single day with people from across the UK heading to Manchester for major retail therapy. It's located in Manchester City Centre with a huge bus network from across the region stopping at two major terminus points, Manchester Picadilly and Manchester Shudehill just minutes from the centre. Also you have the Manchester Metrolink tram system, this runs from across Manchester and you can hop off at various stops to be close to the Arndale, Victoria, Shudehill, Market Street and Picadilly Gardens are the closest stops, all minutes away from the Arndale. Along with Picadilly Train Station and National Express Coach Station you have no excuse on how to get there, just a huge choice of how to get there. If you must go by car, the city centre has plenty of car parking facilities available nearby including the 1450 space car park at the Arndale but I would recommend using the extensive public transport network, as traffic can be bad in the city centre, especially in rush hour and at weekends.

      The Arndale has a huge range of shops & eateries, over 200 shops that is including large stores by River Island, Next, Argos, Harvey Nichols & Zara and other shops include Apple, Cex, Game, HMV, Disney, WHSmiths, Boots, Clarks, Foot Locker, Lush, Specsavers Burton, Topman, Topshop, H&M to name just a very small few. The eateries & cafés on offer include Greggs, Harry Ramsdens, Costa Coffee, Caffé Nero, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Millies Cookies, Subway & Starbucks to name just a few.

      I think you could very easilly have a day out at the Arndale and also neighbouring areas of the City Centre which has even more shops & restaurants, its so easy to get to, I live on the opposite side of the country but with trains every hour taking just 2 hours I could easilly go for the day so people more local than me have no excuse. Stores are open till around 8pm Monday to Saturday, so even after work you could head over for a few hours and a bite to eat.

      They also have the usual facilities like customer information desk, toilets including disabled toilets, baby changing facilities & ATMs.

      I love the Arndale and miss living in Manchester as I got to go more often but I am back there in a few weeks I think for my birthday so will be paying a trip to the Arndale for some much needed retail therapy.

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      28.01.2011 16:20
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      A shopping centre with the added experience of somewhere to eat and drink

      The Arndale centre in Manchester is situated right in the middle of the shopping area on Market Street and basically cannot be missed as it dwarfs all the other shops and building on this street. A few years ago the Arndale was given a full revamp and boy did it change. It basically grew up, became more up market and can now hold it's head high with the major players of the shopping world. I now find this a great place to walk around as it is so light and airy with high ceilings and lots of glass, so you can walk around at your own pace without feeling claustrophobic. Although I doubt it's like this on the first day of the January sales!

      I enjoy walking around just browsing and then grabbing myself something to eat and drink in one of the many eateries available. I was actually here a few days ago and it shocked me again how much it has changed and the shops that are now part of it make it a much better experience. Shops you can find here are Lush, Accessorise, Footlocker, Next, La Senza, Apple, HMV, Game, The Perfume Shop, WH Smith, Barrets, Dune, New Look, H Samuel, H&M, Jane Norman, Baron Jon, River Island, Hotel Chocolat and many more. So basically all moods, occassions and pockets are catered for as the range of shops is immense.

      The choice of where to eat and drink has improved drastically so now many people choose to stay in the Arndale rather then venture out to one of the many pubs and restaurants. These options now include Nandos, Bella Italia, Costa Coffee, Harry Ramsden's, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway and Est Caffe.

      If in Manchester this is somewhere I recommend you check out, even just for window shopping.

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        01.01.2011 21:20
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        Shopping centre in the heart of Manchester

        I originally wrote this just before Christmas but I've now had the pleasure of visiting since the sales!
        I'm serious people, wear loose clothing, make sure you have a bottle of water and a small snack, emergency numbers on standby and a map to hand. Nope, I'm not suggesting you go on a hike, but this will be essential to withstand the Arndale at Sale time. 50,000 people went to the Arndale on Boxing Day hoping for a bargain, I saw the pictures and I'm surprised no one was trampled underfoot, I dread to think what would have happened had there been a fire!

        I shall however convey to you what the Arndale happens to be like on an 'average' day.

        Not being a native of Manchester I don't remember the previous Arndale Centre. After it was destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1996 the new shopping centre was built.

        The Arndale (as its commonly known) is in the shopping area of Central Manchester, right next to Piccadilly Gardens. It is of course a big shopping centre with various other displays. Its also attached to the famous Arndale market.
        Its actually quite difficult to see what the Arndale looks like from the outside. Most of it is an old fashioned looking tower block. It is only when you get up to the entrances you get to see it easier. That is except one entrance. That's the entrance leading directly to Next, its all glass and bright lights, a stunning feature. However stuck on a corner of Deansgate it's easily missed.

        The centre itself is very bright and airy, its got huge ceilings which add to the open-ness, the downside is that the largeness helps to contribute to the sheer amount of noise in there. It is of course full of the usual shops you find in these shopping centres all over the country. There's a WH Smith, New Look, Monsoon and a most massive Topshop over 3 floors and appears to be 'the' place to be on a Saturday' afternoon (perhaps people are trying to spot a Man U or City wag!) But along with the expensive you'll also find a few places to pick up a bargain like Poundland, The Works, etc. I could list all the shops but that would just be padding!

        There are very few independent shops in the Arndale Centre, a shop that just sells Crocs and some shoe shops.

        The layout is slightly confusing. The main area makes it easy to navigate, but then you turn a corner and its gets a bit confusing, you seem to be trapped with no way out. Mind you that could be a way of trapping you into the Many City store until you become a fan. There's also a bridge that connects the Arndale to the M & S and Selfridges across the road, but I can't ever actually remember finding it and making the trip across.

        After a hard shopping experience in Zavvi, La Senza and Superdrug its time for a sit - down, maybe a bite to eat. Theres plenty of places to choose from. You can have a full sit-down meal in Nandos or Bella Pasta, a snack to grab in places like Greggs or Ditsch (Who I've discovered do the best chicken curry pizza ever!). There's also places like Subway, Starbucks and lots more. There's also a separate food court with the usual junk food like KFC and McDonalds.

        I can't complain about the facilities either, there's 2 sets of toilets on each level. I think they could do with slightly more toilets, especially as theres no other public toilets in the whole area, not just the Arndale, but several of the toilets are large enough for parents and child with 2 toilets and low level sinks.
        They also have baby changing facilities and disabled toilets. Talking of disabled facilities, its fully wheelchair accessible, the impressive glass lifts have plenty of people. And at busier times, especially now, they have a member of staff in the lifts making sure those in wheelchairs or with buggies don't get pushed aside by people perfectly able to take the stairs.
        All shops have wide doors and openings. The vast majority of entrances are at street level.

        The place is also extremely clean, this includes the toilets, there's a constant team of cleaners picking up rubbish and the like.
        There is also an information desk, but dotted around are plenty of touch screens where you can find the locations of stores. There's also 2 free cashpoints.

        At the Arndale they also have demonstrations and displays. These can range from a huge bank of games consoles with squidgy sofas where you can sit and play, to some bored looking woman flogging cosmetics. Thankfully not people with clipboards trying to get you to sign up for a credit card!

        The attached carpark also makes it easier, but charges are not cheap, it could cost £10 for 6 hours, but go on a Sunday and its £2.50 all day.
        I don't mind going to the Arndale Centre, but thinking about going on a Saturday near Christmas sparks my anxiety off! It's pleasant enough for an afternoons browsing but too overcrowded and noisy for my liking!

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          02.02.2010 14:06
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          It caters for all your shopping needs!

          The Arndale Centre is located in central Manchester, on Market Street. It is home to a number of shops, stalls and eating establishments. The centre was built during the 1970's, but it was redeveloped in 1996, after the IRA bomb went off in the city.

          The beauty of this centre is that it features all the major retailers, including: New Look, River Island, Next, Accessorize, Monsoon and Waterstones and they are all spacious stores with lots of stock. However it is also home to stores that are usually only found in towns, such as: Poundland, Aldi, Timpson's and the Card Factory. There's also a market within The Arndale, where you can buy fresh food and an array of bargain items, as well as a food hall where you can grab something to eat.

          The Arndale Centre has a car park, which can get expensive if you are visiting for the whole day - its £10.00 for six hours (with the exception of a Sunday, when you will pay £6 for the whole day). However there are cheaper car parks in the locality and it is easy to access via train, tram and bus.

          I work close to The Arndale Centre and I live very about ten minutes away from The Trafford Centre, so shopping-wise you could say that I'm spoilt. At the weekends it is much more convenient for me to visit The Trafford Centre because I get free parking and it is virtually down the road. However I do prefer shopping in The Arndale Centre because it is usually less crowded. But on Saturday I was reminded of just out great The Arndale Centre is.

          It was my uncle's 50th birthday party on Saturday night and as usual I was on the last minute. I managed to pick up a nice Zippo lighter in The Trafford Centre, however I wanted to personalise it and there was nowhere for me to get it engraved instantly within the centre (I obviously didn't have time to send it away). As I am trying to save money at the moment, I also wanted to visit a cheap card shop - however, there aren't any located in The Trafford Centre. I thought that I would be able to get the rest of my present in my local town centre, but as it turns out that the local key cutter and engraver has shut shop. So, in a last ditch attempt to get sorted I decided to drive into Manchester and visit The Arndale Centre, where I was able to get my gift engraved and visit a cheap card shop. You see that is what makes The Arndale so good, there is an array of shops all under one roof and as well as high street stores, you will find cheap shops and a market.

          I highly recommend The Arndale Centre, as it caters for all your shopping needs.

          Five out of five stars.

          ********* Store opening times ***************

          Monday to Friday - 9am to 8pm;
          Saturday - 9am to 7pm;
          Sunday - 10am to 6pm.

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            08.07.2009 15:41
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            A fun shopping destination but not the ultimate experience- you won't be shopping 'til you drop!

            The Arndale Centre in the heart of Manchester town has been my shopping destination for the past years while being at Uni there! A great one stop shopping home but I can't give this five stars for a few reasons.

            The centre hosts all of the high street stores you might need, but a few are still outside the centre. Doing a big shop in Manchester will mean you do need to leave the Arndale to check out the larger H&M, Primark, Mango, M&S, Selfridges, etc. The main reason I go there is because there is a large Topshop. It has three floors, one being Topman, but this isn't the largest TS out there, although it does satisfy. There is a great, big River Island next door that is fab!

            Sadly the centre does have a few pieces missing. It doesn't boast anything extraordinary, it just suffices. This is because it doesn't house all the shops, and the flagship stores aren't the most extravagant. There are a lot of cheap and cheerful shops and random concessions which do cheapen the centre. The food court has mini sections for McDs and KFC and a few healthier options such as a baked potato store, but it is very crowded and noisy, although there are lots of tables.

            There are toilet facilities in the centre that are always very clean and pleasant to use. A downside is that they've cunningly put all the big fashion shops at the back of the centre, so you do have to stomp all the way around, passing through crowds. There are escalators but they are far apart, and sometimes you are forced to use stairs.

            All in all, it is second to the Trafford centre but suffices for a good shopping trip when you visit Market Street too.

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            13.02.2009 21:36
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            great for a day out!

            The Manchester Arndale is a great shopping centre set out over two floors and has a multi storey car park attached. There are a large number of lifts and stairs and escalators for easy access around the centre. There are shops such as Dorothy Perkins, Disney Store, Jane Norman, Republic, Top Shop and loads more. Theres also a great shop on the second floor that sells donuts and ice creams with almost any topping you can think of! There are exits to the main shopping street of Manchester and the car park. One of the only problems is the price of the parking but if you can go on a Sunday its only £2.50 for the day! And if you park towards the top levels you can spend forever waiting for a lift! but if you want somewhere with all your shops in one place this is definitely one of the best places to go in the North West!

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              02.02.2009 19:54

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              Decent place to shop but not as big as you expect

              The Arndale Centre is a shopping complex in the centre of Manchester. It is easily accessable by foot or train, Victoria and Picadilly stations are not far, and it also holds a car park (which is pretty expensive!). The car park is fun because it is like a loop the loop getting out!!

              The Arndale Centre is a fair size, but not too big. It hosts a wide variety of shops, including New Look, Thorntons, Game, River Island, the usual shops you would expect to see. It is mostly under cover, apart from a few shops situated on the outside, so its alright to shop there in bad weather.

              The top of the Arndale has a food parlour, with Macdonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC and some other shops. It has quite a few seats, but sometimes it can be hard to find a seat on busy days like Saturday.

              The toilets are also usually cleaned to a high standard, which is good.

              The Arndale Centre is good to get lost in, they have little machines that tell you where you are and give directions to the shops your looking for, and customer service advisors are usually on hand too.

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              01.08.2002 01:53
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              R u a natural born shopoholic like me?? Well in that case, let me recommend to you, The Arndale Centre in Manchester. It is situated in the city centre, if u travel by train, the station to take is Victoria. For those who travel by car, there is a spacious eleven floor car park. The best thing about Arndale is that all the main stores are inside one building, although there are others situated around the centre. As well as the usual stores such as, New look, Boots, Dixons...there are catalogue shops, (Argos, Littlewoods...) There is a market situated on the lower floor,(where i usualy find great bargains!) Hungry? check out the food court, which has a variety of eating places. Its an ideal place to shop, with family friends, or even alone!

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                01.07.2002 20:51
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                I have been shopping in Manchester quite a few times now, and the one place i do go to shop is manchester's arndale centre. It is situated in the centre of manchester. The centre has 2 levels with plenty of shops to go to. It's definitely worth spending a whole day there. You can get to the arndale centre by bus, car or taxi, so there are plenty of ways to get there. There are all kinds of shops here. There is something for everyone. There are clothes shops, restaurants, jewellery shops and more. Here are some of the shops that are there:- Topshop and Topman HMV Dorothy Perkins Burtons New Look Gadget Shop Mcdonalds and many many more! There is also an indoor market too, which sells clothes, food, jewellery and more. This market sells cheaper items than the arndale centre itself though. To get to the indoor market, you just go in the arndale center and it is in there. The arndale centre is a large place and takes quite while to get round it and look in all the shops. It's best to spend the whole day there really. There are plenty of places to have something to eat too like mcdonalds, burger bar, gregs and more. If you are looking for a particular shop you can look on the maps, which show you where everything is in the arndale centre. This is very useful, especially if you have never been there before. The toilets are kept clean and tidy as there are always cleaners in there. There are always cleaners cleaning the arndale centre too, so its always kept nice and clean. I'd definitely recommend anyone who loves shopping to come here as all the shops are under one roof and its a good day out for people who love shopping.

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                  23.02.2001 06:23
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                  The Arndale Shopping Centre is an absolutely excellent centre with a great selection of leading High Street stores together with a lot of small stylish shops. The centre has a number of malls spreading in different directions on two separate levels. With over 200 shops there is a great variety of choice and there are shops to suit all tastes. The large stores in the centre include Boots, WH Smith, Argos, Bhs, Index, Spoils and Mothercare and there is also an indoor market. The centre is open 7 days a week with late night shopping on Thursdays. The centre is easy to get to with bus and tram stops nearby and a multi storey car park with 1450 spaces. If you want something to eat or drink there is a good selection of food outlets in an area called the FoodChain. These include KFC, McDonalds, Spud-U-Like, Bakers Oven, Chinese food, an ice cream parlour and more. This area is kept very clean and there is plenty of seating available. The shopping centre has a reputation for putting on live entertainment or activities. On our last visit (during a half term break) there was a “sports style” event being held where you could have a try on a ski simulator, a cycling challenge, rock climbing, interactive golf and many more activities. For the more extrovert there was also a kareokee stage, where we saw some very good acts (a few not quite so good). Because of my terrible singing voice this is one thing you will never see me doing. Also on the day we were there the Gamestation shop had a guest appearance from Lara Croft (of Tomb Raider fame). Obviously the opportunity to see Lara “in the flesh” was very popular, as we couldn’t even get near the shop. The centre is looked after well and obviously is the major shopping area for the centre of Manchester. I would recommend this centre for any shopoholics.

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                    26.07.2000 06:57

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                    Despite the great claims made by local politicians (which in the face of the bright and shiny new Trafford Centre have become increasingly outlandish), the Arndale Centre is not a great shopping centre. Indeed, the renaissance in the city centre post-bomb has largely passed it by. True, the facade on the Corporation Street side has been completely replaced so as not to show up the huge M&S UFO which has risen phoenix-like from the ashes. But there has been relatively little development beyond the revamp of the big WHSmiths. The Arndale is still an outmoded, rather shabby looking place, somewhere to come and shelter while it rains. Increasingly, the best shops are outside it; it is sometimes clogged with fag smoke, especially around the misbegotten market which lurks in its bowels like a dungeon (tip for Arndale virgins - stray no further than Index on the ground floor, it's horrible down there). There is almost nowhere to eat (this in a city which is rapidly developing a cafe culture of admirable breadth and sophistication). It's not quite as dingy as it used to be, but a facelift is just the beginning. The Arndale desperately needs natural light, air-conditioning, and a more radical approach, or it will be left behind.

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                    19.07.2000 05:13
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                    When I was a kid, I remember going up town every saturday to the arndale when it was being built, and since then it has grown up and flourished, with alterations in 1996 courtesy of a firm of irish builders!! Since the bomb, a lot of thought and hard cash has gone into the regeneration of manchester, and mostly it has worked. The Arndale and its peripherals have everything from class and expensive shops down to low class junky shops, great for bargain hunting. The Trafford centre rents do not allow shops to sell bargains! Also you are not tied to the catering like at t.centre and you can nip outside to the wonderful indian cafes for a bowl of finest ruby! It is also central to train stations. Spend some dosh there!!

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                      08.07.2000 06:43
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                      I rate the Arndale shopping centre the best place to shop in Manchester. You can get almost everything there. There are definitely shops offering great bargains and sales during weekends. At the same time, you can get your weekly food: meat, chicken, fish and other grocery stuff in the market which is in the shopping centre. The price of the things on sale is often one of the lowest around. There are so many shops selling clothes, the most popular ones like Top shop, Miss Selfridge, Bay and Mark One. For people who wants to buy a mobile phone, this is the best place to shop around. It has several shops and you can definitely get a good deal at the end of the day.

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