The Eden Shopping Centre is in the heart of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, next to the town's bus station and about 5 mins walk from the train station. It has its own multi storey car park. I visited with a friend in a car. Our parking stay of 2.5 hours cost £2.50.The centre's website gave us a postcode to use for the sat nav and would have given bus info too.
The website also has a full list of shops and eateries, plus news of special offers. It stated the centre's opening times on the day we visited as 9.30 am onwards but this was wrong as we arrived at 9.20 and many shops were already open. We noticed a cafe that would have been open at 8am in fact.
There was a couple of maps that we saw close to each other showing store lay out but none at near most of the entrances and few signs inside so we didn't find it the easiest place to navigate. The help desk staff, when we found them were very nice and helpful though. At that desk you can buy a Eden Centre gift card and pick up a copy of their own magazine.
Chain store Shops we saw were Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Bhs, Boots, New Look, Next, Water stones, Tesco, Body Shop,Superdrug, Superdry, Blacks, Jessops, Topshop to name a few. There was also some independent shops including an upcycled furniture shop, a party shop, Saucy Chef Cafe,and a Chinese herbalist. Many of the usual suspects occur as eateries: Nandos, Zizzis, Yo Sushi etc. Bargain hunters would enjoy the charity bookshop and Poundland.
The toilets were large and very clean but neither me or my friend could get the flushes to work and the first tap I tried had no water in. On the plus side there is two cubicles extra large with comfy chairs intended for nursing mothers.
I prefer to shop in smaller environments because I hate crowds but I would recommend Eden as a place with something for most people. If you tire of shopping there is a cinema, bowling alley and a library with free WiFi all on site.
The Eden Centre, located in High Wycombe, is a fairly new shopping centre, which opened around 3 years ago. As I am at University a mere 2 minute walk (if that) from the Eden Centre, I am in there quite a lot so feel well equipped to write a review about it!
--How it looks--
As I mentioned, the Eden Centre is fairly new, and it looks pretty modern. It is slightly strange, in that some parts are partly covered by roof, some parts are completely open, and other parts completely sheltered. There are 7 different entrances to the Eden Centre that I can think of, a couple of them are via the carpark. The main entrance is situated just off the High Street, so it's a nice central location. The shopping centre is light and airy inside, and nearly all of the shop fronts look modern and classy. A lot of them have large front windows so there are normally some attractive window displays to be seen as you walk around the centre.
--Parking and Access--
I have only driven to the Eden Centre once, which was before I lived in High Wycombe. Since I have lived there I have always accessed the centre by foot, as I live in the main town, only a ten minute walk away. The one time I drove there I found High Wycombe easy to access from the M40, and then easily found the Eden Centre with the help of signs. The car park had plenty of spaces as it is on several levels, so finding a space was not an issue. The car park cost around £6 for the 3-4 hours I parked there. To be honest I don't know how that price compared to other shopping centre carparks as I haven't been to many, but the couple I have been to have been free parking or cheaper than that. Once you've parked you use the stairs or lift to back down to the ground floor and you will exit the car park straight into the shopping centre. As I said, there are many entrances when you arrive by foot, so all in all very accessible.
--Range of Shops--
The Eden Centre has, in my opinion, a good range of shops, places to eat, and other outlets. The main and biggest shop is the House Of Fraser, a large department store with many smaller shops inside. Other shops include:
Dorothy Perkins with Burtons Menswear
Mr Simms Sweet Shop
Sweets from Heaven
Topshop and Topman
Build a Bear
Marks and Spencer
Places for a meal or drink include:
There are also a few other places, such as Rush (hairdressers), and a tanning salon which unfortunately I can't recall the name of!
I think this is a good range, with most of the shops being large high street chains which are well known.
--Customer Service and Security--
I have only been to the customer service desk twice, the first time the lady on the desk did help me with my query but didn't have a friendly manner at all and appeared to be slightly annoyed that I was even asking her a question, despite this being the information desk. The second time was completely different, a very pleasant and friendly lady was more than helpful and we had a chat for a minute about something or other. The first time I went to the Eden Centre I couldn't actually find the Information desk itself to ask a question, however there are numerous security guards located around the centre, who seem to be mostly friendly and helpful too. There are also easily recognisable in high-vis jackets.
--Extra Points and Features--
The Eden Centre often have various events happening, including catwalk shows, festivals, and different stalls of things to buy and activities. My favourite one so far was the food festival which was pretty awesome-lots of yummy free food samples!
One of the things I like about the Eden Centre is that it is normally quite well popluated, but not 'packed.' I have seen it very busy a couple of times on a weekend, but it is quite roomy so you're not stuck in crowds. When events are on it is normally at it's busiest, but there is a nice atmospere.
To summarise, I think the Eden Centre adds a lot more to High Wycombe than what would have been there before. Most of the main popular shops are in the centre rather than in the other parts of the town, so I imagine shopping would have been very limited before the Eden Centre was built. I can't complain about this shopping centre to be honest, for me it has a good range of shops, it's clean, there are people on hand to help with queries, and it's nice and modern. Five stars!
Eden Shopping Centre is located in the town centre of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and is quite a large shopping centre with a good choice of stores. They are open Monday to Wednesday, and Saturdays 9.30am - 6pm, Thursdays 9.30am - 8pm, Sundays 11am - 5pm. You can get to High Wycombe from the M40.
The centre includes stores like Claires, House Of Fraser, O2, Jane Norman, Boots, La Senza, JD Sports, Lush, Clintons Cards, Clarks, New Look, River Island and Build a Bear Workshop. There is also a cinema and bowling area, plus many places to eat including Frankie and Bennys, Wagamama, Subway and Food Fountain. There are places to buy pretty much anything you need, clothes, shoes, games, books, DVD's, Music, accessories, food and much, much more. The bowling alley has 22 lanes and the cinema has 12 screens.
The centre is actually quite large, but is regulary patrolled by security staff and cleaners, and the whole centre is covered by CCTV cameras, so you can shop knowing you are safe. The car park has over 1600 spaces for cars, with direct access to the shopping centre, and the parking prices are quite reasonable, I think.
The address of the centre, for those with Sat Navs is Eden Shopping Centre
I love shopping at the Eden Shopping Centre, and I happily recommend this to everyone for a good shopping trip.
The Eden shopping centre is located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. I think it opened about 18months ago and I have visited it several times since.
High Wycombe is easily accessed via the M40 from junctions 3a or 4. The centre is well signposted as you enter the town and is easy to find. The centre has attached multi-storey parking for 1600 cars. The car park is actually very old as it was originally attached to the Tesco store that was on the site. The ceilings are very low and the ramps are quite tight, I drive a large 4x4 and it fits in ok but I do find I have the urge to duck as I go up the ramps as the ceiling feels so close! You have to take a ticket on entry and then pay on foot before you leave the carp park. I feel the parking is quite expensive and seem to remember it being about £1.20 an hour last time I went but that may not be completely accurate as I have been to other places since and they do all tend to merge into one!
The centre was built as a shopping and entertainment complex. This is achieved by a selection of about 100 stores as well as a 12 screen Cineworld cinema and a 22 lane AMF Bowling alley. The bowling alley is very good and not too expensive although I did find it rather dark inside. I have not used the cinema yet as there is an older one on the outskirts of Wycombe which is cheaper and has free parking so I tend to go there instead.
The shopping centre does not open until 9.30 each day (11 on Sundays) and has variable closing from 5 until 8 depending on the day. Full details of opening times can be found at:
I like to go shopping early so I find the 9.30 opening a bit annoying but I know that lots of people seem to like it so I am obviously in the minority. As you leave the car park there is a customer information booth where you can obtain maps etc. I have found the staff there to be very knowledgeable and helpful.
The centre prides itself on a selection of 100 shops. To be honest I don't feel that I have noticed that many but some are quite small and maybe just haven't appealed to me so they haven't particularly registered with me. I would say however that most shopping needs can be catered for.
There is a huge House of Fraser department store, this is light and airy and has household products as well as fashion for all the family. This is close to a large Marks and Spencers store. This M&S carries lots of stock and is well laid out but I always seem to struggle to find an assistant at the pay desks so buying things can be a challenge!
There are plenty of clothes shops including Next, Pumpkin Patch, Monsoon, New Look, La Senza and Gap. My teenagers are always able to find something they like but sometimes I struggle, I would say that it is particularly suitable for the younger market. If you are into designer stores then this is probably not the place for you, it is mainly high street names.
In common with most shopping centres now there are several mobile phone stores. There is a good selection of accessory stores and a couple of places to buy books and CDs. There is a sweet shop, a Build-a-Bear factory and a Hawkins bazaar so children can be accommodated too. You will also find a reasonable size Boots store with the usual range of toiletries and a dispensary.
Whenever I have been to the Eden Centre I have found it tricky to get something to eat. I hate coffee and do not use Starbucks or the like because I can't stand the smell as you go in. I had mainly only found coffee bars so tended to go out of the centre into the older part of the town to get a pizza instead. However having studied the map I now realise that there is a Frankie and Bennys upstairs by the cinema and that there is a Subway and a Nandos out of the back of M & S. I had never noticed these as I thought that exit led only to the Bus Station, I wasn't aware that there were restaurants down there so I will investigate on my next visit.
Although the centre was launched as "New" I was very disorientated when I first visited. Many years ago I used to work in High Wycombe and eventually I realised that they had retained part of the old Octagon centre and attached the new centre to it. This has left one end looking a bit dark and drab and this part could have done with a major facelift. The newer end is very light, it is partially covered over with a very high roof. This means that you don't get soaked if it is raining but it is still very cold if you go on a windy day, it seems to act like a wind tunnel!
Due to the opening of this centre I have noticed that the rest of Wycombe is looking very sad, lots of shops have closed and some relocated into the new centre, there used to be a large Woolworth in the High Street but obviously that has also gone to the town is a bit like a ghost town. The only busy section is by the old M&S store which is now a Primark so attracts a lot of shoppers.
Overall I find the Eden Centre alright as a shopping centre but it was not as exciting as I had hoped. My daughter and her friends love it so it's a great place for teens to shop and then go to the cinema or bowling. It is in quite a compact area and I don't find there is enough variety of clothes shops for me but for general shopping I can usually get what I want. If you live locally then it's worth a visit but I certainly don't think it is worth travelling a long way to get to. The shops are not "different" enough and there is not a large enough variety to make this a great destination.