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More than a shopping centre.
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Member Name: niklas89
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Advantages: Lots of things to do.
The Trafford centre is based just outside Manchester, between junctions 9&10 of the M60, so is easily accesable via most of the north wests major motorways and roads. I think I would be doing the Trafford Centre an injustice if I called it a shopping centre, as there is much more to it, shopping is its main purpose however it contains a lot of extra facilities, for example an Odeon cinema, Lazer Quest, Two mini golf courses, a large arcade complex containing a bowling alley, dodgems and pool tables, there is a huge food court, which not only contains your fast food outlets like Subway, KFC and McDonalds etc but also large 'proper' resturaunts like Pizza express, TGI Fridays and Indian and Chineese resturaunts and the Trafford Centre is such a main attraction it has its own bus station. There are apparently 10,000 free parking spaces (although I can never seem to find one). There are even plans to provide a water taxi service in the future to to its close proximity to Manchester ship canal.
As I said this is predominantly a shopping centre, however the thing that sets it apart from other shopping centres is the sheer size and number of stores that it houses, containing many flagship stores including M&S, Selfridges, BHS and Debenhams. There are hundreds of shops within the Trafford Centre and the number is increasing all the time, a giant expansion was completed just a short time ago, under the name of Barton Square, and there is more land owned by the Trafford Centre which there are plans to expand onto. Another great thing about the Trafford Centre is the internal and external looks, form the outside the building look very impressive, with intersting archtecture and statues as well as the giant glass dome which can be seen from a long way away, inside is equally impressive, with the marble floors and glass roof in addition to more fountains inside the actual building. Over Christmas the Trafford Centre always makes a big deal of its excellent decorations with reportedly millions of pounds spent to make the place look great, which in my opinion they do very well.
Despite its size the Centre is surprisingly easy to navigate and find what you need, however if you find yourself lost there are numerous customer service desks and 'Red coats' staff who are always happy to assist you. The centre always seems strangely clean and tidy considering the amount of visitors on a day to day basis, even the toilets are generally impeccable and have won many awards, which although I dont normally consider such things is well deserved. The Centre opens between 10 and 10 on normal weekdays 9-8 Saturdays and 11-6 Sundays although over Christamas these hours are extended.
Now to the few bad points. As mentioned in the opening of the review there are massive issues with regards to parking at the Trafford Centre, it has honestly taken me the best part of half an hour on many occasions, alot of people resort to parking in all sorts of unorthadox places like grass verges and on pavements and double yellow lines. Quite often when you do find a parking space it can involve very long walks to the actual centre. On a similar note there can also be congestion inside the centre itself at busy times, I cant tell you how many times I have been run over buy buggies and the fun childrens cars you can get from customer services. On a final bad point, probably not too bad for many though is that I work quite near to the Trafford Centre and the motorway is ALWAYS congested around this area as well as the local roads and adds about 20 minutes to all my journeys.
Its the best shopping/entertainment complex I have visited, four DooYoo stars, once deducted for the sheer inconveniece that the traffic around the place causes.
Summary: I would highly reccomend, except at Christmas.