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A SHOPPERS DELIGHT - ONE FOR THE GIRLS! SHOPPING HEAVEN!
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Member Name: dawnymarie
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Date: 18/10/10, updated on 24/10/11 (153 review reads)
Advantages: Shops! beautiful!
Disadvantages: Can get busy at weekends and not many bargains here.
Well I have to admit that I am a girl who likes to have a little excursion to the shops every so often - I don't go every week as I like to wait until stores have got something different to offer before I visit again. The Trafford Centre has appeal because in bad weather you don't need to be getting wet whilst hunting about the shops and it has almost everything you could wish for - well it suits me anyhow and I understand that all tastes are different so if you are after goth stuff for example then maybe this is not the best place you could go and indeed Aflecks Palace in Manchester would be a better bet.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GET THERE?
Well I go by car and it is plain sailing along the motorway or via Eccles. If you go on the motorway then junctions 9 and 10 are the ones for you and when you arrive - midweek is best for a quieter and less crowded time - the carpark is FREE and offers 10,000 spaces which are situated both undercover and outdoors. I am not the best navigator in the world but I can find this place very easily so if I can do it then there is hope for anyone really. So FREE parking - yeah that is always a crowd pleaser.
WHAT ARE THE OPENING TIMES ETC?
Monday to Friday 10am -10pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 12 - 6pm (some stores open at 11am)
Special days such as Bank Holidays etc they are normally open but hours can vary so it is best to check out the website before planning a jaunt :
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Toilets, what are they like and are there enough? I start with toilets because you can guarantee as soon as I arrive that is where I will want to go - crazy - anyhow you will be pleased to know that on the upper and lower levels there are toilets located near Boots (upper) and Debenhams (lower) of course there are also loo's situated in the eating area that has the big ship thingy in the centre. The loo's are always spotless when I have been and they are maintained regularly, they are modern and offer disabled and baby changing cubicles too. Thumbs up there then.
DO YOU NEED A LIFT SIR/MADAM?
If you would like to hire a mobility scooter then there is a good, well stocked, store near John Lewis on the Lower level.
Child buggy push alongs are available in the centre of the lower floor.
There are escalators and lifts around the centre.
I would avoid busy times if you are going to use a scooter or buggy as the centre can get pretty packed and it is troublesome walking at times.
SHOPS - SHOPS - SHOPS
As you would imagine this place has lots of shops, I am not going to list them as that would be a marathon task but I can tell you that lots of the popular high street stores are here such as Boots, Superdrug, DP's, HMV and also you have a good range less common stores that sell designer gear. Selfridges is here but I don't really browse in there as it is a bit on the expensive side - well a lot expensive ahem.
TIME FOR FOOD
No problem for food here as you have the Food Hall where you can get food from a number of places and then sit in the centre. Or you can choose a restauant and eat within their premises - Chinese, Pizza Hut, Nando's are a few of them. If you are veggie there is a jacket potato place, Nando's veggie burger is suitable for veggies (vegans without the mayo) and Marks and Spencers to a great range of stuff suitable for veggies/vegans.
ATTRACTIONS OTHER THAN SHOPS
Well of course there is the Cinema for those who would like to take in a film or two and for the kiddies there are entertainment and family facilities - see the website for more info there as I don't really have any experience of what that is like with my baby being all grown up now.
Spot on - a stunning building with gorgeous fountains and statues galore, reminds me of the Roman period in time in parts - beautiful! Clean, well maintained.
I NEED A SEAT
No problems here for seats there are lots scattered about the place or you can pop in Starbucks or similar places to chill for a while - you deserve it having been on your feet all day don't you!
SO IS IT WORTH A VISIT
I would say yes! It is a pleasant environment, very civilized and nice atmosphere. It is nice and bright especially in daytime as the ceiling is glass - don't wrap up as it can get warm in there - bit like a green house when it gets the sun in it. The shops are a plenty and I always seem to get what I went for. Sometimes I go for a girly day out with mum and daughter to chill out together and chat and have fun and if we see a real bargain - which I must admit is not often here - then that is a bonus. I don't go at weekends though as it is just too packed.
A FINAL WORD
If you haven't been here yet then yes I would recommend giving it a whirl in the midweek if possible and then you can make the most of it. It has everything under a glass roof that is surrounded by glorious statues and houses a beautiful fountain - and shops!
I like it - but I am female!
Summary: A real girly day out!
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