Be very, very careful about shopping at Bag Magic, in Merry Hill, outside the Poundland Shop.
They are cheap, but not very good at customer service. We bought a handbag from there, and it quickly broke. We returned it the next week, to discover that they are not like real shops at all. First, there was never a receipt. Next, they do not have an address or phone number.
The woman who served us was in a difficult situation, as she was not allowed to make any decisions at all. She agreed to pass the bag on to the stall owner, and took our phone number, saying we would get a call that week. Of course, we did not get the call: she forgot. We called to the stall the next week, and she gave us the handbag back.
She said that the owner took the view that we had put something heavy in the handbag, and it was not of poor manufacture. Consequently, he refused to give us our money back or replace the bag. We asked for a business address, or even a phone number. She was not allowed to give us either.
Maybe it might be best to take a few concrete slabs when buying a handbag from them!
My wife is a big fan of merry Hill and shops there at least twice a week and has done so since it opened. On Monday 28 February she went shopping with her friend and slipped in the mall outside Clarks shoe shop on the ground floor. She is in her sixty's and was shook up by the fall, she also thought she had hurt her arm and her friend drove her home without reporting the accident. My daughter insisted she went to hospital when she saw her about an hour later and an x-ray revealed she had broken her arm which has resulted in a plaster cast for a six week period.
We returned to Merry Hill on Saturday 05 March and reported the accident to the security guard who made a note of the particulars and wanted to know why she had not reported it at the time. We told him she was alarmed by the fall and just wanted to get back home, she did not think the arm was broken at the time.
We have since heard about several similar incidents and there is no doubt the floor is slippy, it is a polished terrazzo tile floor. I wonder how many accidents have happened because of this and what action the owners take to reduce the risk?
We did approach no win no fee firms of solicitors, the one was trading in Merry Hill and said their terms of trading with Merry Hill owners forbade them from taking on cases which occur in the shopping centre, another firm said they get no fee unless they win a case and if there was no water etc on the floor it would be unlikely they would win and were therefore not prepared to take on the case.
Merry Hill Shopping Centre located in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, first opened its doors in 1985 and in the past 25 years has undergone major transformation over the years to what is now the fourth largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom, behind the MetroCentre, Bluewater and Westfield London, with around 310 stores.
Useless fact: apparantly Merry Hill introduced the first drive through McDonalds...see us yam yam's are good for something!
An elevated monorail opened at Merry Hill in June 1991, but this closed in 1996 as a result of a combination of technical problems and safety concerns. Parts of the constructions for the monorail still remain today. This is one of my oldest childhood memories, and it used to be such a high visiting Merry Hill to travel on the monorail...BRING BACK THE MONORAIL!!!
The shopping centre consists of 2 floors, and is very disabled and wheelchair friendly, with plenty of lifts located around the centre and in many of the larger departments stores.
The centre still provides free parking which is one of the benefits and is very appealing to many customers. There is a huge multi storey car park, as well as a couple more car parks around the back by the Debenhams area. However at Christmas and New Year Sale times you will struggle to park, and the queues are just out of this world. I would suggest leaving the car at home and getting the bus!
The centre is open 7 days a week and opening times are 09:00am to 09:00pm Monday to Friday, 09:00am to 07:00pm Saturday and 11:00am to 5:00pm on a Sunday. Christmas opening hours vary, and for the past few years it has been open until midnight, which is great to do a bit of shopping when the centre is quieter.
For those with a sav nav system the postcode for Merry Hill is DY5 1QX.
It is located close to Brierley Hill town centre in the West Midlands. It is just 5 miles off the M5 motorway and is 12 miles west of Birmingham. A new line of the Midland Metro tram system will reach the site in 2011.
Stores included within this complex are New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Next, Primark, BHS, Debenhams, Marks and Spencers, Asda, Sainsburys, Body Shop, Claires Accessories, Accessorize H&M, Oasis, Boots, W H Smiths, Barratts, Jane Norman, Top Shop, Sports Soccer, JJB, Birthdays, and Clintons.
Merry Hill has recently become home to Best Buy, a consumer electronics and entertainment business, and is the only store in the West Midlands. It is located at the top end of Merry Hill out of the centre and therefore is easier to park.
There is also a large Toys R Us within the complex, which is in the old B&Q building.
Merry Hill is also home to a massive PC World, Currys, Halfords, Matalan and Mothercare. All of which are located around the complex, not actually inside the mall.
There is a wide range of food places available, as well as the opening on EAT Central recently which has provided a large seated food area in the centre of the mall. Food stalls range from Mcdonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Harpers Traditional Food, Subway, Greggs, Weatherspoons, Asda cafe, Sainsburys cafe, Pizza Express, Nandos and Spud u Like.
Merry Hill even has its own Odeon Cinemas. It is a major cinema with 10 screens and all major films showing.
There is a creche available for younger children which is great if you want to participate in some child free shopping.
Asda provides a petrol station at the centre.
Merry Hill is a great shopping centre, and is a welcoming change to the hustle and bustle of the Bull Ring Birmingham. With so many great stores to chose from there really is something for everyone. If you are on a major shopping spree, your feet will be throbbing by the end of the day, however unlike Birmingham all of the major stores are under one roof, and therefore it is alot easier to get around without getting soaked in the rain! The only major problem you may experience is the parking, but there are loads of spaces around the centre and you will get a space...just be patient!!
Im a frequent visitor to Merry Hill Shopping Centre at Brierley Hill and I have mixed feeling about going there. For a start, there is always traffic around the surrounding area and when you get into the complex, parking can become an issue. Although saying that, there is lots of parking spaces but the fact is, its always busy. Saturdays' are the worst days to visit due to the crowds so I try and avoid them and go during the week.
When you have finally parked and got inside, shops are plentiful and there are tastes to suit everyone. Shops range from ASDA to HMV so you can always find what you want. The area is spacey so when you visit on a busy day, you dont feel too cramped. Moreover, there is a fair bit of walking to be done as shops that are linked together are all over the complex. For instance, electrical shops such as Currys and Comet are dotted around so if you want to comapre prices make sure you have comfy shoes on so you can go and compare.
I would definetly recommend you to visit as the choice is wide and varied so your bound to find something you will like. Just make sure you allow enough time to avoid traffic and get a parking spot.
Merry Hill shopping centre is one of the many shopping centres to have sprung up around the country over the last 25 years or so with this one opening in 1985 and still as popular as ever and offering up a huge variety for shoppers of all ages.
The centre itself is in Brierly Hill but draws in shoppers from all the surrounding areas with the shopping centre offering up a huge variety of shops including the likes of Asda, Au Naturale, BHS, Bodycare, Boots, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Jessops, Sainsbury's, Schuh, Superdrug and many more. The centre also has an Odeon Cinema across from it so for those parents desperate to take the kids out so they can get a day out at the shops and a day of exercise for the kids this gives something to keep them quiet.
The shopping centre itself is large, spacious, clean, fresh and offers a modern shopping experience that is more relaxed that having to rush around worrying about the weather thanks to all things needed being under one roof.
The centre also offers up a number of eateries allowing you the opportunity to get a bite to eat along with your shopping with numerous options for eating on offer including Burger King, McDonalds, KFC and more.
The centre is well serviced with transport links with buses running regularly to the centre (over 98 an hour go through the bus station) and the ability to get the train to Cradley Heath station and then jump a bus to the centre also an option. As you can guess the centre is extremely popular and so is always busy for the roads around it so driving in can be a frustrating experience even with ample parking on offer.
So what of the opening times?
Monday to Friday - 9.00am - 9.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am - 7.00pm
Sunday - 11.00am - 5.00pm
- Well laid out and modern feeling shopping experience
- Good transport links
- Excellent variety of stores and eateries
- Good variety of entertainment in the surrounding area
- Good opening hours
- Shopping centre is only on 2 floors so no need to go up and down a load of steps for your shopping day
- Spacious walking areas between stores
- Good facilities
- Extremely busy
This shopping centre offers up a good shopping experience that is enjoyable and relaxing but if you are going to head there expecting to be the only one in there then forget it as you will be joined by many thousands of others. Excellent shops and eateries allow a full day out to be had under the one roof.
Merry Hill or Merry Hell as it's often referred to is situated in Brierley Hill near Dudley in the West Midlands. Boasting a large shopping centre with surrounding rows of shops outside and a large Odeon cinema Merry Hill is a paradise for people craving a retail therapy kick.
Like most shopping centres though there are positive and negative features of such an attraction.
Clean - generally speaking, despite the often crowded feel to the mall it is very well kept with little to no litter and clean floors and facilities.
Light - although using a lot of fluorescent lighting to ensure the entire mall is light, the glass roof allows a flood of natural light to pour in on nice days.
Convenience - located relatively close to Dudley this makes it well positioned for surrounding areas and far enough from Birmingham and Wolverhampton to ensure it doesn't have competition from them.
Parking - with 10,000 spaces, Merry Hill has an impressive amount of parking, ensuring that even during Christmas shopping times you're likely to find a space.
Opening Times - the mall is open from 9-9 weekdays and opens til midnight during December for late night Christmas shoppers.
Variety - from music shops to big high street names such as Debenhams, French Connection, Dorothy Perkins, Jessops and Greggs, Merry Hill boasts a wide variety of shops to cater to even the most diverse shopping requirements.
Food & Drink - from Fish and Chips to Subway to Mc Donalds there is guaranteed to be something to tempt your appetite.
Volume Of Shoppers - generally speaking Merry Hill is very busy all the time which results in frustrated shoppers a lot of the time however this is a general negative point really as if it was quiet there then it wouldn't have lasted as long as it has
Mall Rats - teenagers (generally speaking) that hover around the shops sitting outside them and generally loitering all day can be a bit troublesome
Temperature Control - Although the Mall as a whole is fairly well controlled in terms of its temperature, shop to shop it can vary dramatically. This can be fairly uncomfortable.
Merry Hill houses a good variety of shops, wide range of food and drink outlets and has a vast amount of parking. At the end of a long day of shopping you can even go and relax in its own J.D Wetherspoons which is open until late. Although at times it's too warm and cramped in Merry Hill it is as a whole a nice place to shop is perfect for when birthdays or Christmas come around.
Merryhill shopping centre is situated near Dudley, West Midlands. It is a large indoor shopping centre, with plenty of free parking (indoors and out).
Facilities are excellent, there are a wide variety of shops (clothing, department, shoes, electricals, toys, music, travel ), as well as other services such as clothing alteration, post office and places to eat/drink.
The main attraction for us is the excellent facilities for those with babies/children. There are specific baby changing areas, complete with breast feeding booth, microwave, bottle warmer, changing mats, parent and toddler toilets and so on. There is also an information desk whereby you can hire a kiddy car for the day (bright red car that the kids can drive while you push them - extra long parent handles, so no bending required)! The only minus point with this is that the majority of cars are single occupiers, though they do have a few double cars. All you need to do to get one is hand over some ID as a deposit. No money required! They will also look after your pushchair/pram for you.
In addition to this there are a few play areas, one indoors is for younger children, whist the one outdoors is for older ones.
You can easily spend a whole day here, though just remember it can get busy at certain times. It can also get quite hot in there in the summer, and I don't think there are any facilities/lockers for leaving coats etc, so don't take too much with you if you are going on public transport.
I usually only visit Merry Hill once a year now that the Bullring has opened in Birmingham, I used to visit once a month before. I do tend to be a bit of a lazy shopper at times and like places like this where everything is in the same place and you havent got to go to more than one place to get what you need.
Last time I visited it was mid week so it was not too busy and I managed to park with no trouble at all - I tend to go past Sainsburys and head for the next car park along.
Has free cars for kids and a free playarea which does break up the day for them!
Plenty of shops here and have never left without getting what I have gone for. My next visit will be nearer to Christmas and as tempted as I will be to go to the winter sales this year I learnt from the last time I tried to do that! I was in a queue of cars for over an hour to get onto the car park and it was so packed I did not enjoy it at all!
The biggest shopping centre near me is Merry Hill. Merry Hill is situated in Dudley, in the West Midlands. Merry Hill is a large shopping centre that his home to hundreds of the biggest high street shops. You can buy anything ranging from home wear to clothing at reasonable prices
Parking at Merry Hill is often described as a "nightmare." You have to queue to get on the car park. There are thousands of car parking spaces at Merry Hill. There are also several overflow car parks that cater for the large crowds. On a good day when a customer can park, the overflow car park has vacancies. However at weekends car parking can be difficult to find with many customers dumping there car in a non-designated space.
Mon-Fri 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Merry Hill is open long hours enabling customers to go to Merry Hill after work or whenever they were free.
Merry Hill has hundreds of shops catering for all tastes and ages. High street shops include Primark, topshop, Miss Selfridges and Warehouse. Shops sell a variety of products including clothes, homeware and electrical goods
Finding your way around
As Merry Hill is a large store maps and touch screens are scattered around the store for the customers use. This enables customers to find the particular shop they are looking for. Instructions are also given. Mini- maps are also provided on leaflets.
Merry Hill has Mcdonalds scattered through it. it also provides stalls that sell ice cream and smoothies with a coffee bar also being available
There are lifts and elevators situated throughout Merry Hill as Merry Hill is a two-storey shopping centre.
On a rare occasion I like to go for a hardcore shop and the place I usually go to is Merry Hill in Dudley in the West Midlands. It is a massive shopping centre home to literally hundreds of brilliant shops where you can get anything from clothes to DVDs. Now if you are like me and literally cannot stand shopping on a regular basis, stay clear of this place, it will be your hell, however I must admit that it is a fantastic centre to go to in order to have a real shop. With me this is once a year, but I do come back with dozens of bags as the variety and quantity of shops is brilliant.
To get there it is probably easier to get off the M6 at junction 10 near Walsall. From here get onto the Black Country Route, go right until the end and there are sign posts directing you all the way to Merry Hill which is about another fifteen minutes away.
Merry Hill is a pleasant centre and is always clean when I go. There are lots of bins around for your trash and people walk around cleaning up, so it makes for a nice place to shop. The thing I always find great is that no matter how busy the centre can get it never seems claustrophobic or packed as many other shopping centres do. There are lots of plants around and the place looks quite modern. Overall look-wise it is a great shopping centre.
So the shopping is the reason most people visit Merry Hill because of the amount and variety there is. For one it has all of the high street shops you would find anywhere else but in Merry Hill all of the shops are quite large so there is a large selection of clothes. Debenhams is probably the favourite for everyone as it is just so big! Taking up about quite a large chunk of the shopping centre is has everything you could wish for. We have probably spent at least a couple of hours just in that shop. But there are loads of shops from fashion to sport to gaming and DVDs; there is just so much to do. To get a good day out shopping there you need a whole day. With New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Game, WH Smith and the Gadget Shop it really is a great day out shopping.
There are plenty of places to eat in the centre. They are mostly in the form of small cafes situated in the middle of the centre with some seating; however there is a McDonalds, a Burger King and cafes in both Sainsburys and Debenhams. There is also a Millie's Cookies which I have to visit every time I'm there!
Merry Hill is brilliant for the shopping and you can really make a day of it. What is brilliant is that it is only five minutes away from a cinema, so spend the day shopping and relax to a film afterwards! Parking the car is the only difficulty you will have with Merry Hill. Even though the car park is extremely large and can fit literally thousands of cars, it can get extremely busy. On Saturdays I recommend getting there early or prepare to spend at least half an hour waiting for a space! This is why so many people hate visiting Merry Hill, the parking is simply atrocious, definitely get there early.
Overall I love Merry Hill and go there a few times a year when I really want to have a good spend. You can get some right bargains as you are guaranteed to have a few shops with sales on! Shopping heaven, I completely recommend visiting, especially in the January sales as the amount of bargains you can get is brilliant.
Merry Hill is usually open from as early as 7am to 8pm. When it comes to Christmas time it is open till midnight which I find fantastic. You have to be lucky sometimes, I went at 10pm on a Wednesday night and it was packed so just because of late times doesn't mean quiet shopping!
Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Merry Hill Car-Parking ;
Or more to the point, traffic management.
Whilst i appreciate that christmas and the week or so immediately after it are very busy, Westfield, the owners of Merry Hill, do not seem to care about shoppers trying to get home afterwards.
There was no apparant sign of any traffic management, for shoppers trying to get home afterwards on 31st December from 3.30pm onwards.
Better management, staff directing traffic to help everyone move would work better than the shambolic state i found myself in along with hundreds of other motorists.
I suffer with Multiple Sclerosis, and cannot walk very well. I managed to get in to the car-park, just about, did 10 minutes shopping for some essentials only, returned to my car and sat and waited to move, and wait i did, for an hour, when i gave up. People around me said they had been there since 3.00pm, over an hour, and had not moved an inch! I managed to drag myself to the brewers wharf PH, where i telephoned for a taxi.
My wife and i returned later, with our 7 month old baby som, to retrieve my car, which luckily hadn't been locked behind a barrier.
Where were the staff, people trained to manage the traffic? You see these people at almost all major sporting venues and music festivals. It was only the sheer lunacy of some drivers and poor traffic flow which meant that we didn't move for almost 2 hours.
I was parked on the upper level car-park (open-air) nearest the child creche and walkway which leads to Burger King.
Personally, i would begin to restrict traffic entering the centre, say 2 hrs before closing time, put-down cones and give full advantage to people leaving. You could make most roads into 2 lanes, one-way, leading to the nearest and best route of exit for everyones benefit and have staff managing the exit situation of traffic. Rather than just letting people drive any which way they want and causing a traffic nightmare.
MUST TRY HARDER ! Not acceptable at all.
Was anyone else stuck like i was ?
I have used Merry Hill since it was opened many years ago and is on my doorstep. I have been a huge fan and think it is laid out very well, has access for all and is light and airy and immaculately clean.
I went to do my Christmas shopping 3 weeks ago though and slipped on the incredibly slippy floor. As I am a frequent visitor to Merry Hill I was a aware of the slippy floor but did not expect to slip and break my ankle. I spent 5 nights in hospital, have had 2 operations to repair the damage to my tendons and will have scars and metal plates and screws in my ankle for ever. My sister took me a few days ago to finish sort my shoppng out for me and another lady fell over right in front of us. She said she was OK and got up (as I did and said she was ok). My sister urged her to report the accident and told her about me but she said she would be ok.
Had I been elderly and broken my hip I may never have recovered from this accident and I therefore think that anyone who slips on the floor should report it so that the full problem can be seen and then maybe Wesfield will be made do something about it.
I am now in a cast for at least 8 weeks and cannot drive to get to work, cannot enjoy Christmas festivities, and will miss out on New Year too. Please report your accidents to stop this happening to anyone else.
To whome this may concern.
I visit your shopping centre every week and ive noticed an increase in younger children walking around during school times. As you have security cameras up there im suprised you havent done anything about it.
Today 19th march a gang of them walked passed me by the asda and i was shocked as there was a securityman stood near by and he didnt even say anything to them he was too busy chatting a women up at one of the stalls!!
It's good to know Birmingham shopping centres have clamped down on it.
Boy racers are a danger to other drivers. they do not care about anyones safety not even there passengers.
still on a night and during the day you see them round your shopping centre. more speed bumps are needed along the longer roads.
firstname.lastname@example.org >>it would be nice for someone to read this and do something about it. thankyou
This afternoon I fancied some retail therapy, and being nearly 5 months pregnant I thought I'd pop to Merry Hill in the Black Country to stock up on some baby goodies. Now, for this kind of stuff I'd usually head straight into Birmingham City Centre but I decided to use Merry Hill for the simple reason that all the stores are in one place with no traipsing around different streets looking for the shop you're after.
The Merry Hill Centre contains over 200 different stores so obviously I'm not going to spend time discussing the merits of each one, rather I'll concentrate on the ones I visited today and tell you about the shopping centre as a whole.
The inside of the centre itself is absolutely gorgeous and has the feel of an upmarket shopping mall; the water features, benches and greenery displayed give an almost outdoors feeling despite the fact that from the moment you enter Merry Hill you're inside. It's amazingly light and airy in the Centre considering how much is packed into one building, with much of this being accomplished by the clever use of lots of marble, glass and brass incorporated into the décor. It really is a lovely relaxing place to do a bit of shopping, and actually makes spending my (partners!) hard earned money seem more of a pleasure than a chore.
The first place I hit today was Mothercare as this particular branch seems to have a lot of special offers and sale items; this is just the same as a high street branch, being well laid out and very easy to navigate between baby stuff, maternity wear and clothing for older children. Prices are on a par with other stores, although as I said a moment ago they do tend to have a much better sale selection than my other most local store. I bought loads of baby clothes today in this huge store, most of which were drastically reduced in price, and really enjoyed the time I spent browsing in here.
Then it was up a level to Boots. Boots is by far my favourite shop in the whole world, so I was pleased to see Merry Hills branch is absolutely massive. As with other Boots stores it's extremely easy to find your way around and stocks just about everything you could want to buy for your bathroom shelves, and much more. The prices in here seemed ever so slightly cheaper than my local Boots but this is probably due to the fact that everything I wanted to buy seemed to be on BOGOF or reduced in the special 'sale' section of the store.
I also used todays visit to stock up on toiletries from some of the various health and beauty stores in Merry Hill. I was surprised and thrilled to find a Lush tucked away near the large Marks and Spencer until now I'd thought my very closest Lush was all the way inside the City Centre and only really accessible by a rather annoying bus route! It's quite a small branch but seems to stock everything found in other Lush stores, albeit in slightly smaller quantities. Likewise The Body Shop and BodyCare are smaller stores than I'm used to but, again, everything is well stocked and laid out in such a manner as to make the best possible use of space.
I visited loads of different shops today during my visit and managed to buy exactly what I wanted. The range of shops in Merry Hill is absolutely amazing; just about every store you'd want to find on the high street is here, as well as a few you wouldn't expect to see inside such a shopping centre. It's possible to do your weekly shop here as Asda, Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer all have large supermarkets dotted around the site, perhaps not quite as large as stand alone supermarkets but definitely big enough for you to be able to do a good shop. There are also a few banks at strategic places within the Centre which offer a full branch service during normal banking hours and provide ATM machines both inside and out.
As far as clothes shops go, the choice of stores in Merry Hill is brilliant and they cater to everyone. The Next store is particularly good; it's a large shop which has all the latest styles as per any other Next branch and some items are considerably cheaper than it's store in the City Centre thanks to an excellent range of clearance items which are sometimes up to half price. Both JJB and JD Sports have two branches inside Merry Hill, as well as an excellent branch of Blacks which makes the Centre ideal should you be out shopping for the perfect pair of trainers or a good quality and reasonably priced tracksuit. There's also a range of other clothing stores including Jacques Vert, Bon Marche, Monsoon and the ever popular Ann Summers along with Burtons and Top Man for the guys.
You can even get your hair done at Merry Hill in an excellent Toni & Guy salon. It's not often I can justify Toni & Guy prices when I have naturally straight almost waist length hair as I don't have an actual 'style', and it's just too expensive to have a premium colour in this kind of salon when your hair comes under the 'ultra long' category. So I get a warm tingly feeling whenever I spot a small poster in the window of this branch telling passers by that a trainee is in need of a model. I've never seen this in other Toni & Guy branches and it's honestly worth the travel for me from Birmingham to the Black Country just to save £50 on a quality cut and colour last time the trainee did absolutely NONE of the work so for a bargain 30 quid I had a fully trained hairdresser work wonders on my hair while a 16 year old wearing terrible make up simply watched!
When you've finished shopping I reckon you'll want something to eat, or a drink at the very least. JD Wetherspoon will take care of a post shopping craving for brandy, or you can go to the licensed Pizza Hut for a drink and a meal try to arrive for the lunchtime buffet where you can eat as much pizza, hot breadsticks and salad as you like for just £4.49! Bargain! For a lighter lunch there's a Subway restaurant and for the full cholesterol whammy there's the option of fish & chips in Harry Ramsdens. None of the Merry Hill eateries are overpriced compared to their high street counterparts, which is unusual in a shopping centre such as this particularly for the Starbucks branch who I find can be erratic with their pricing depending on where you shop.
Located within the Merry Hill complex, although slightly apart from the Centre itself is a large Odeon cinema which has 9 (I think!) screens and is open from 1pm until 12am. There's plenty of parking around the cinema even when the shopping centre is busy and it sometimes worth coming to this Odeon rather than the one in Birmingham purely for its sensible and free parking facilities.
Merry Hills shopping hours vary from store to store, although the Centre itself is generally open from 8am 9pm and 10.30am 5pm on Sundays. I love the fact that Merry Hill stays open so late as I can plan my shopping days around the kids' school and activities; the extended opening hours over Christmas were an absolute life saver as I managed to get all the presents with no kids around to pester me!
Access for wheelchair users is excellent as the Centre is very open plan and has implemented all the sensible mobility aids; ramps instead of stairs, wide doorways, wide lifts to every floor, masses of blue badge parking and scrupulously clean and accessible disabled toilets. Likewise parents with babies are well catered for with changing facilities, a free nappy in one of the supermarket changing rooms and a pot of baby food in the Asda café if you're eating yourself.
The best way to visit Merry Hill is by car. Simple as that, you'll come out with so many carrier bags that the bus probably won't be an option so you might as well drive unless you feel like forking out for a taxi all the way home. It's not far from Junction 2 of the M5 and is well worth a trip down the motorway for those of you who live further away than me. I'm in Birmingham and the journey time for me is around 30 minutes but my sister who lives in Northampton has, on occasion, travelled the 70 or so miles just to visit Merry Hill it honestly is that good! Of course, if you're coming from a distance away you could always have a trip to Dudley Zoo or the Black Country Museum and top it off with an end of day splurge in the shops.
Anyway, from Junction 2 take the roundabout exit for Dudley and follow the A4123 New Birmingham Road. From here it's a case of following the brown tourist signs to Merry Hill; it's a simple route to follow and well signed to bring you in the correct direction for entering the car park. And boy, what a car park. Merry Hill are so proud of it they actually ran a TV ad extolling the virtues of a 10,000 car capacity car park you'll ALWAYS find a space, and it's free!
Public transport users are well catered for, as Merry Hill has a small bus station just outside one of the entrances. Absolutely loads of buses come here from Birmingham, Dudley, Stourbridge and most other large areas within the Black Country. There are honestly always a tonne of buses parked up in the station so you won't have to wait long wherever you're going, on the three occasions I've visited by bus I've never had to wait more than five minutes for my bus home to arrive which is better than most general routes!
Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Tel: 01384 481141 (Customer Enquiry line)
A lovely ditty of a shopping centre just outside of Birmingham. It's the best thing Dudley has to offer in the way of shopping, with about a thousand shops under one massive roof. And a market. There is a range of Poundland to Morgan, cafe's in the middle of areas and quite comfortable sofas littered around where you can gaze at mini fountains as your calculate your change and have a rest. In the whole complex, there is about 3 McDonalds, 1 Burgerking and a few other restaurents in the main part. On the top of the hill is a Frankie and Benny's (a nice Italian and American resteraunt), a McDonalds, a huge sports retailer, a sofa shop and more, including a Mothercare. Throughtout the area there is something to cater your every need. It's Dudley's Bullring, while that offers alot of competition, Merry Hill can be as popular as ever. Very popular. Maybe a little too popular, because it can very packed, especially at Christmas. You can do all your Christmas shopping and be calustrophobic at the same time, which isn't very enjoyable. But it's not too scrubby for Dudley. When you consider that just past Merry Hill (but owned by the brothers) is a business park with state of the art modern.. stuff. And flashy clubs. Marry Hill is the best thing Dudley has provided, with constant competion from the neighbouring city of Birmingham (only 10 miles away).
As well as a large indoor shopping centre, Merry Hill is home to a multiplex Odeon cinema (formerly branded UCI) and a number of larger shops such as Currys, PC World, Allied Carpets, and a Next Clearance Store. The Waterfront, which accommodates offices for Virgin Media and HM Revenue and Customs amongst others, has a marina area providing space for a number of bars and restaurants.