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Hate it, Hate it, Hate it!
Member Name: alirigby
Date: 01/05/02, updated on 01/05/02 (482 review reads)
Disadvantages: too big, too crowded, too horrible
So I don't like shopping at the best of times(other than online!), but I have to say the the Metro Centre does nothing but make the, already undesirable, trip a lot lot worse!
What is it?
The Metro Centre is a massive shopping complex located in Gateshead in Tyne & Wear.
It houses hundreds of shops including lots of big names like Gap, M & S, Next, WHSmith, House of Fraser, Argos etc... There are also shops like IKEA and Toys R Us in the retail outlets in the surrounding area.
There are store directories to help you navigate around, although I always get lost and this is one of the reasons I despise the place so much (more on that later!).
How do I get there?
It's 3 miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the A1 (very easy to spot!). There are over 10,000 free car parking spaces (although these can overflow at xmas), a bus station, a railway station and a coach park.
When is it open?
It's open 7 days a week with long opening hours: until 8pm during weeknights (9pm on Thursdays).
Will I starve?
No, food is everywhere! There are your usual fast food places as well as a big foodcourt. There are also a number of pubs and restaurants dotted around the centre.
What else can I do there?
In addition to all the shops, the Metro Centre also has a UCI cinema and a 'mini' theme park (don't get too excited) which is overpriced if you ask me, but there are a few tame rides.
There is also bowling and quasar available as well as an area with lots of video games.
The leisure facilities are all located in the blue quadrant which is open until 11pm.
So why do I hate it so much?
Getting there and parking tends to be fine, it's once you're inside the belly of the beast that things turn bad!
The Metro Centre is huge, you have to walk a long way to get around everything and more often than not you'll finish up at the opposite end
of the place to where you parked.
Being so big, it is also difficult to navigate around unless you know it really well (which I never, ever will!). The centre is split into 4 quadrants (red, yellow, green and blue) - I can never tell where I am in relation to anywhere else and I spend half the time looking for the maps (aargh I'm getting wound up thinking about it)! The maps aren't much use either unless you know where you are.
Another reason for my hatred is the mass of people; it's always busy. I have been on a Saturday before - never again, if I have to be crowded, let it be in the fresh air.
The Metro Centre is indoors so no fresh air: a stagnant, artificially lit environment - contained shopping hell with no escape!
Ok so it's not my cup of tea! For those of you who adore shopping, it might be right up your street (but don't say I didn't warn you).