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
One stop for shopping...
Member Name: vickijohn2012
Advantages: Good eats, good shops, good entertainment.
Disadvantages: Crazy at Christmas
The metro centre is literally about 50 minutes south from where I live and myself and all my family, if we need anything for holidays, christmas, birthdays, we always travel down to Newcastle and to the Metro Centre to do our shopping. With four main parking areas in the Red, Green, Yellow and Blue car parks, one of which is a multi-storey it has to be one of the easiest centres to find car parking spaces, apart from at christmas when it is a free-for-all. At christmas there are cars abandoned on the sides of the roads and on pavements. This happens to be the only downside to the Metro Centre, at christmas avoid it like the plague!
Inside the metro centre you have four main quadrants which correspond to the different coloured car parks, my mum always parks outside marks and spencers as it is the most easily accessible and the easiest car park to exit back onto the A1, taking around 5 minutes max. Other areas in the Metro Centre include the village, which funnily enough is laid out like a village, it used to have a centre piece like a fountain in the middle but now it is 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, selling old sweets and jelly belly jelly beans and wax lyrical which sold candles. When I found out these two shops had shut I was gutted, however the amount and choice of the other shops available make up for it no end.
The shops which the metro centre offers spans from bridal boutiques, to your average high street shops such as HMV, from branded shops such as Levi Strauss to Gadget shops such as Hawkins Bazaar, from opticians to beauty salons, whisky shops to hairdressers. Many of the shops available are those which are able to be found on the high street plus many more. The metro centre itself encorporates many of the high streets in the UK, into one managable, easily accessible space. There are many seating areas, and information points which offer free maps incase you happen to become a bit lost, as the metro centre is very large. The maps are very helpful and list every shop in the metro centre on the back which is helpful to find the shop that you require.
The metro centre offers many places where you can go and eat, from your average takeaway eateries such as McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, to your high street shops such as Greggs, Baguette Express, Subway and Spud U Like. The metro centre also offers a chinese buffet restaurant, an american diner called Big Lukes, which is a buffet type menu, with chicken, burgers, pizza, chips etc. It also has a weatherspoons where you can grab a drink or some food, like all weatherspoons it is reasonably priced. The metro centre also has many booths where you can buy food and drinks, such as millies cookies, smoothie shak, pretzls. It also offers restaurants such as Chiquto, Frankie and Bennys, Nandos, Pizza Express and Zizzis. The metro centre also has many small cafes and coffee shops where you can buy early morning coffees and pastries, light lunches such as sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc, these include Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Muffin Break.
Other amenities that the Metro centre has to offer is an Odeon Imax Cinema, which boasts the newest Imax technology, which makes the resolution a lot clearer and the 3D stands out a lot more. The metro centre also has NAMCO Funscape, which consists of ten pin bowling, dodgems and soft play, it is has said to replaced the metroland mini theme park which was in existence since I was a child. It also has a William Hill bookmakers for if you fancy a little flutter on a saturday.
The metro centre also boasts a retail park featuring large versions of many stores such as, CSL, Gala Bingo, JJB Sports, Next, Staples, Toys R Us, the retail park also has fast food restaurants such as Pizza Hut and McDonalds.
So overall the metro centre provides a fun filled and entertaining day out, there is everything that you will ever need located under one building, and I can safely say that the christmas decorations which are put out in December are some of the best I have ever seen, every year there is a santas grotto erected in the centre of the shopping centre. You can walk through and look at all the scenery, one year they had little gnomes and there was fake snow, it was beautiful, you completely forgot you were in a shopping centre. The food outlets at the metro centre are also top class and are well worth a visit, I personally visit Big Lukes as it is a buffet and you can eat as much as you like for a set price which is always a bonus.
Summary: A brilliant shopping, leisure centre all rolled into one!