“ Address: Comet Way / Hatfield / Herts AL10 0XR / England „
The Hatfield Galleria is a shopping centre located in, yes, you've guessed it Hatfield so its technically on the outskirts of London. It is easily accessed by the A1M at Hatfield, between junction 3 and 4 and there are signs telling you exactly where to get off and then directing you straight into the car park. There is quite a large car park although you do have to pay for parking. I think the last time I was there which was about six months ago it was £2.50 to park for the shortest amount of time which I believe was 2 hours.
I live fairly near here and have been about twice as I really do not like this shopping centre and there are a number of reasons why. I think most people must agree with me as well because whenever you go the shopping centre is always like a ghost town, there is never anyone here and the shops and restaurants are always so quiet. Compare this to say Milton Keynes or Brent Cross this is really strange and actually it doesn't make for that much fun of a shopping experience to be honest.
The shops are technically outlet shops so they offer a year round discount on all the merchandise they sell but unfortunately I never really like anything that you find in the shops. Case in point is the Marks and Spencer shop here. They seem to sell off all the rubbish that did not sell in the proper stores and there is really never anything any good. The rest of the shops are pretty much like this too unfortunately. I do like outlet shops but I think you need to go with the mindset that you are not looking for anything in particular. If you do you will never find it but if you go with the mindset that you are just after a one off bargain then you may just find it here.
The only reason why I have shopped here in the past is because they have a Gap outlet and that is well worth the discount. I don't really like it that much for womens clothes but you do get a fairly good selection in kids and baby. The clothes are sometimes more than half off which is really good when you are stocking up on basics. The rest of the shops are the sort of shops that you find in outlet shopping centres such as The Nike Factory Store, Mountain Warehouse, French Connection, Antler. A list of the rest of the shops can be found at http://www.thegalleria.co.uk/ as well as all the information about opening times, getting there etc.
There are quite a few places to eat here as well and getting a table is never a problem as there is generally never anyone in the restaurants anyway. There is a McDonalds for quick fast food and places like Harvester, Subway and Nandos. There is also a cinema here but I have never been so cannot comment on the screens, concessions etc.
All in all not the best place to shop but if you like finding bargains in factory stores then maybe it will be for you.
Hatfield is a strange town, that someone in another review likened to Outer Mongolia which is not a bad description. It is a University area containing the main campus for the University of Hertfordshire. It also has great transport links to Kings Cross and Moorgate for commuters. The best way to describe Hatfield is a ghost town and the reason it is a ghost town is quite simply because of the Galleria.
When you first go down to the town centre in Hatfield (behind the massive 24hr Asda) you will see that every shop except 2-3 banks and 1-2 cafes, has closed down with the windows shuttered or boarded up. This is because the Galleria is a quite large shopping mall with a renge of high street and wholesale retailers to cover all your shopping needs. The shopping centre is comprised of 2 levels with a very large space in the centre that accommodates a childrens play area with a quite large funslide. There are many typical retailers such as: Waterstones, Costa Coffee, JD sports, Primark and there is a Sports Direct where many bargains can be found. Part of the Galleria is a massive cinema complex that attracts people from places like Potters Bar and St. Albans which are well-developed towns in their own right. Behind the Galleria is another shopping area containg your large size Comet and Homebase stores. The Galleria is open Monday to Friday until 8 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Overall the Galleria is a large clean shopping mall that covers all your shopping needs and often at discounted prices. The bitter sweet thing about the Galleria is knowing that between itself and Asda they have caused the closure of an entire high street in an obvious way for all to see.
The Galleria is an indoor shopping mall located in Hatfield in Hertfordshire. It comprises mainly of outlet stores with a number of big names featured including Marks & Spencers, TK Maxx & Gap to name but a few. You can save on the price you would normally pay in these stores, however as a result the products may be end of line stock or seconds.
Although the centre isn't massive, it features a good range of shops. You can find products ranging from clothes & accessories to music, toys & homeware & many more besides. There are also a variety of place to eat & drink when you want to take a break from all that shopping.
The centre is easy to reach by car only a few miles away from the M25 and around a 45 minute drive into London. As an added bonus, there is ample car parking available for free.
The centre can quite busy at the weekends so I quite like the fact that's its open till 8pm on weeknights when it's nice & calm making the whole experience much more enjoyable.
The Galleria is definetly worth a visit with it's good range of stores & items for sale at better value than the high street.