Newest Review: ... only a walkway. This part of the metro centre used to have my favourite two shops in but now they have both closed down, old fizzywigs, se... more
Member Name: playmate
Date: 05/12/08, updated on 07/12/08 (1763 review reads)
Advantages: All the Shops that you would need under one huge roof.
Disadvantages: Too big to visit allthe shops in one day.
I have recently come back from the Metro Centre in Gateshead and wanted to tell you how good it was.
-----What is it?-----
The Metro Centre is a large complex that has at least 330 shops in total. There are 5 sections that the shops are situated in; these are red, green, yellow, blue, and the central mall. There is no rhyme or reason for them being like this and there is nothing that would indicate all of the shops of the same nature are together, they are just all scattered around.
-----Where is it-----
The Metro Centre is 3 miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne on the A1 which is West of Gateshead.
The Metro Centre opens from 10AM to 10PM daily, except from holidays like Christmas day and New Year's Day. But with this said each individual shop may not open and close at these times, they may have there own independent opening times.
-----How to get there-----
There is a lot of different ways to get to the Metro Centre, we travelled by car, but you can also travel by bus and train.
The Metro Centre has its own dedicated public transport interchange, and over 100 buses per hour arrive at this interchange. The X66 Centrelink operates every 7-8 minutes during the day, every 10 minutes during the weekday evenings and every 15 minutes for weekend evenings. The Metro Centre is only 10 minutes away if you use this service.
There is also the Metro Centre shuttle 100 which brings you from the heart of Newcastle in just 15 minutes. The service runs every 7 minutes during the day, every 12 minutes during the evening and on Sundays from Newcastle Monument and Central station.
The Metro Centre is on the national rail network and actually has its own train station.
It is a 7 minute journey from Newcastle Central Station and has trains during the day every 15 minutes, but they are less frequent during evenings and on Sundays.
There are over 330 shops in total, and I wont list them all, that would take too long and I don't think that I can remember them all anyway. Some of the shops that I remember are listed below:
There are almost 10,000 free parking spaces at the Metro and I have always found that the spaces are mostly full when you go but, that said I have always managed to find a space. The car parks are also colour coded to make this easier to find where you have parked the car after all of that wandering around it is easy to get lost.
Dentist - there is a dentist that is also located in side the Metro centre.
Car valets- you have the option to have your car valeted when you are in shopping, this takes place in the multi storey car parks.
Restaurants - there are also over 50 restaurants available, so there is plenty of choice.
Centre Management Offices
Tyne and Wear
Metro Centre Information Line:
0191 493 0219 or 0191 460 5299
I have been to the Metro Centre a total of 4 times now and each time I go I am never disappointed. I always find that I get really disorientated when I am in there, I can never remember when I am, or which malls are where from there, the good advantage is that there is a lot of sign posts in there and there are also lots of information points that allow you to have a look at where you are and also how to find specific shops that you are after. I found my self using this all the time as I never knew where I was! There is also something for everyone. At the moment the Metro is getting done up in certain parts of the yellow mall, they are upgrading the cinema and also changing the look of the yellow mall.
I also like the fact that there are a lot of hotels that are near the Metro Centre, I have stayed in a few of the hotels near there, but the best one that I have stayed in was the Premier Inn, it is only about 5 minutes drive from the metro and is a really nice hotel, and the prices are really reasonable too.
I try to get down to the Metro Centre at least once a year now, as I really like going shopping there. I normally try to get down at Christmas time as I am always looking for things to get and I find a lot of things that are different, and I am able to get them all in the one day if I want to, but normally I spend two days there, as its too big to get round it all in a day.
Summary: go on you know you want to.