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Silverburn Shopping Centre (Glasgow)
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Silverburn Shopping Centre (Glasgow)
Advantages: Everything under one roof
Disadvantages: Amount of money you could spend
Last weekend my husband and I decided to visit Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow. It was first opened on the 25th October, 2007. This shopping centre has been well advertised and has been hailed as a shopper's idea of heaven, a garden of eden for shoppers and a shopper's paradise.
It is the largest purpose built shopping centre in Scotland. It is owned by Retail Property Holdings Limited and was built at a cost of 350 million pounds.
We went by car and found silverburn very easily. We cut off at junction 2 on the M77, Glasgow to Irvine road, and we could see the shopping centre immediately.
The car parks are colour coded in red, green and yellow for outside parking and blue for the multi storey car park. We found a parking space easily, which was a surprise. I later found out that there are 4,500 car parking spaces. I also noticed that there were plenty of disabled parking spaces.
There are three entrances to the centre, one at each end and one in the middle. We decided to go in at one end and work our way to the other end.
Just inside the entrance is Marks & Spencer and it is huge. Apparantly it is the largest M & S store in Scotland. Next and New Look also have their largest stores in Scotland at Silverburn.
I picked up a leaflet at M & S door and discovered that the centre was divided into five different shopping areas. The Crescent (where I was), The Square, The Lane, The Circus and The Garden.
Stores in The Crescent:
M & S, Claire's Accessories, T Mobile, Game, Superdrug, Optical Express, JJB Sports, Zavvi, New Look, Benetton, Passion for Perfume, Muse, Parchment, Past Times, Frankie & Benny's, Hawes & Curtis, Ernest Jones, James Lakeland, Wallis, Principles,
Gravity, The Body Shop, Coast, Jane Norman, Monsoon, Office, Kurt Geiger and Jack & Jones.
There are cash points, vending machines and toilets in this area. Shopmobility is also situated here. There are plenty of benches along the main walkway and this is also where the M & S Cafe is.
I enjoyed a very welcome cup of coffee here.
Stores in the Square:
Debenhams, Lime Blue, Red, Thorntons, La Senza, Swarovski, Little VIP's, Beaverbrooks, Phase Eight, Rox, Hobbs, LK Bennett and Prezzo.
In the centre of the square there is an excellent sushi bar. The prices are reasonable and the food is amazing. We had a very enjoyable lunch there.
There is also an information desk in the square. Lots of benches and more toilets.
Stores in The Lane:
Trespass, Carphone Warehouse, Barratts, Oasis, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Topman, Clinton Cards, Warehouse, Republic, Evans and Schuch.
Again lots of benches if you need to have a seat.
Stores in The Circus:
River Island, Boots, Suits You, Zara, Next, Coffee Republic, Phones 4 U, Holland & Barrett, Build a Bear, Argos, Costa and H. Samuel.
There are cashpoints here and toilets.
Stores in the Garden:
TK Max, Cotswold Outdoor, Barhead Travel.
This is the last section inside the building and it is also the most pleasant. There are beautiful water features with lots of pebbles and plants. A large fountain where you can throw a coin or two in and make a wish. I found it to be really relaxing here and felt I was a million miles away from all the hustle and bustle of the large stores. As with the rest of the centre there are plenty of benches dotted around.
Pizza Hut, Nandos, O'Briens and Wagamama were all very busy serving food here, but in no way did this interfere with the relaxed feeling that seemed to surround the Garden.
Outside the building there is a Tesco Extra (if you have any money left to buy food). There is also a large Iceland which was very busy when we were there.
If that is not enough, and depending if you are a gambling person, there is a Gala Bingo Hall.
At this end of the centre you will also find the bus terminus. Buses from all over the region bring shoppers here. There is also a Silverburn Express Service, which runs from Glasgow city centre to Silverburn every fifteen minutes.
Opening Times of Silverburn:
Monday - Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm
Tesco are open 24 hours.
This was a great day out for me and I will not say how much money I spent, what I will say is, Silverburn is well worth a visit.
It is different from any shopping centre I have been to. It has a light and airy feel to it and even when some stores are really busy the place never appears overcrowded.
Summary: Attention all shopaholics!!!