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Metrocentre - ultimate shopping experience!
Member Name: brightlight
Advantages: Great shops
Disadvantages: Gets busy
As a resident of Newcastle Upon Tyne, I often travel to the Metrocentre shopping centre in Gateshead to do my shopping. I prefer going to the Metrocentre as opposed to Newcastle city centre because there are more than 300 shops under one (big) roof. Furthermore it is is free to park which is a big bonus.
There are various ways to get to the metro centre, but I always travel by car as it is the most convenient for me. The metro centre is a few miles from Newcastle, in Gateshead. You can access it via the A1 and it is easy to find due to good signposting. There are approximately 8 large car parks which includes multistories, and aside from busy periods such as Christmas, you should be able to find a space quite easily.
It is also possible to get to the metro centre via public transport. From Newcastle Central station, there are regular trains to and from the metro centre. There is also a large bus station at the metro centre.
As mentioned there are more than 300 shops - everything from clothes shops, furniture stores, food shopping (Marks and Spencers) to DIY and Gadgets. There are 4 seperate coloured quadrants and fixed maps are available to help you find your way around. The metro centre is split into different 4 malls, each with a different colour. Popular stores include, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Oasis, Warehous, Poundland, Marks and Spencers, Next, and many many more. Information points are available if you need assistance.
Food and Drink
There are over 50 restaurants in the metro centre. A new foodcourt has recently opened and this combined with the 'Medditeranian village' provide a large variety of interesting and unusual restaurants. There are also numerous fast food restaurants. You really will find something to tickle your fancy.
Until recently, there was a Metroland at the metrocentre, which was a small amusment park. Sadly this has now closed, although in it's place has opened a large IMAX cinema, with 3D available. This is expensive, but makes for an exciting cinema experience. Its worth a visit. I am aware that a gym may be being built within the metro centre.
The metro centre has convenient opening times
Monday - Friday 10am to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 7pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am to 6pm
Visit www.metrocentre.uk.com/ for more information.
The metrocentre is well worth a visit. You can avoid the rain, get free parking and have access to a variety of shops. It can get busy at times, but there are also plenty of restaurants if you need to unwind.
Summary: Worth a visit