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Metro centre- Worth a visit
Member Name: Kayteehee
Advantages: Range of shops, good restaurants, free parking
Disadvantages: Can get really busy
The Metrocentre is great for a number of reasons:
It's handily located just of the A1 motorway south of Newcastle. It has a variety of shops both in the centre itself and in the retail park. It is suitable for shopping, dining and entertainment. There is also free parking.
The reasons I visit are to go to IKEA, a great furniture and homeware store, the one at Gateshead Metro Centre is large. I also love the restaurants at the MetroCentre. Flatbread Cafe is a hidden gem in the 'Studio' areas of the shopping centre, it is a fantastic restaurant serving small dishes from around the world with large lebanese flatbread, which you are encouraged to share and eat with your hands. The cinema is handily located and is great to visit in winter as you can twin this with a meal at one one of the restaurants without feeling the cold outside. Shakeaholic is also a new addition in the shopping centre, where you can get almost anything made into a milkshake, yum!
There are also some unique shops and you can find virtually anything there. Primark has a particularly large store as well. There are also facilities for children, such as special trollies to keep them entertained, disabled facilities such as wheelchair hire and special assistance. Another great feature is that you can book a personal shopping experience for an hour for free.Opening hours go until 9pm on weekdays which is great if you only have evenings free.
The bad points are that it gets horrifically busy at certain points - DO NOT leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute. On one occasion last year it took me 35 minutes just to get from the multistory car park back to the motorway which is normally a 2-3 min journey. Also the store can be hard to navigate around, though this can be counteracted by using the new electronic displays which show you exactly how to get to your required store. There is a lot of building work that finally seems to be coming to an end, but was quite a disruption before.
Overall, it's definetely worth a visit though choose your time carefully!
Summary: Choose your time carefully and you'll have a great visit