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180 shops under one roof, a mans worst Nightmare
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Member Name: samparry19
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Advantages: All shops in one area, Clean, Dry, Free to park
Disadvantages: Not the best day out for a bloke, but all in all its a good place
The Trafford Centre is a large, undercover shopping centre housing about 180 shops. These include the usuals like Debenhams, M&S, Selfridges, John Lewis and many more.
On arrival, the parking here is excellent, there are plenty of entrances and plenty of car parks to park in, and all of them are FREEE, which compared to some of Manchesters prices is a bonus! The carparks occasionally get full during January Sales, but there is always a kerb or piece of grass you can squeeze yourself into. The car park attendants seem to have enough not to ticket you if you are parked in strange places, this always helps.
The Layout of the Trafford Centre is over two floors, there is a seperate area for food/drinks, and it also has a twenty screen cinema, tenpin bowling, mini golf and an arcade.
The centre is always kept nice and clean, cleaners troll up & down with trollies sweeping up. There are also staff in red coats always wandering around if you need directions. There are plenty of information points around, and for the children there are small cars they can be pushed around in.
There isn't much to say about the shops themselves, these are pretty much the same inside as they would be along the high street, but again always seem to be kept clean and tidy.
The dinning area is brilliant, over 60 Resteraunts with the option to sit down or take away, names include Pizza Hut, Nando's, Cafe Rouge and many more. This area is set out like a cruise ship, which also has a small pool in the middle, for young kids its great, there are even star lights in the ceiling. You may have seen this on programmes like Gok's fashion fix.
Dotted around the shopping area are smaller food places like Millies Cookies, and ice cream booths, these arent cheap, but once you are in the Trafford Centre you dont have much choice but to use them
The Odeon cinema is a good one, with twenty screens in total, this is close to the dinning area so is good for an evening out, the bars are a short walk from the cinema entrance.
The Trafford Centre now has a dedicated area, called Barton Square, dedicated to homeware shops including BHS home, Habitat, Next Home. Fot a full list visit www.traffordcentre.co.uk The home area is very good, the prices are reasonable and this also has its own seperate carpark if you want to avoid the clothes shoppers.
All in all, if you are looking for a day at the shops, and dont feel like getting wet in the rain or falling over in the snow, give the Trafford Centre a try, http://www.traffordcentre.co.uk/gettinghere/journe yplanner/ click the link for directions, you can't miss it.
Summary: Worth a visit.
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