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The Trafford Centre, Manchester
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Member Name: Whizz11
Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Advantages: Glitzy, glamarous, good shops
Last weekend I took a trip to Manchester to go and visit a friend and to also go Flower Girl Dress shopping for her wedding. Probably not one of my best ideas given that I was taking said flower girl in question who is 21 months old and being 8 and a half months pregnant that the thought of shopping at the Trafford Centre on a busy Saturday afternoon was not too exciting but I was happy to go given that I was spending time with my friend and I was also excited to go to The Trafford Centre as I had never been before.
To quote an article I read, "The Trafford Centre is a large indoor shopping centre and leisure complex situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford inGreater Manchester, close to the Trafford Park industrial estate and approximately 5 miles from Manchester city centre."
It was built tin 1998 and still looks brand new to me. It has a wonderful Las Vegas style about it, all glitzy and glamorous with water fountains, intricate decorations and of course lots of dressed up Northeners. Apparently, The Trafford Centre also has £5.8 million of marble and granite flooring. The marble flooring are polished every night along with rails giving the shopping centre an opulent style. There are a lot of domes around on the ceilings and it very much reminded me of The Cesears Palace Hotel in Las Vegas if anyone has ever been there. The article I read went on to say that, "Ten percent of the UK population live within a 45-minute drive of the shopping centre, which attracts more than 35 million visits annually. It has Europe's largest food court in The Orient and the UK's busiest cinema, attracting over 28,500 visitors each week. There are over 10,000 car parking spaces.
Now, given the fact that it has over 10,000 car parking spaces you would have though it would be easy to find a space, right? Wrong!! It took us about 15 minutes of driving around to find a space when we got there, ok it was a Saturday afternoon but eventually we did find someone after someone pulled out. This is open air parking and covered parking and we found some covered parking which was nice as it was raining. I like the fact that the parking as free as a lot of shopping centres now are going the paid parking route and I think this will detract from people visiting. The car park pillars were numbered to help us find our car again which was nice. To get into the shopping centre we had to go up some escalators and we found ourselves on the top floor.
By far my favourite shop in here was the Selfridges. Already a favourite store of mine as I visit the one in London quite a bit, this one was also just as luxurious and nice. What I liked about it was that it was somewhat quiet compared to the rest of the shopping centre, I guess as it's expensive it's not everyones first port of call. There is a really nice beauty section where my friends mum had a make up trial for her wedding and they gave her a really thorough explanation of everything and let me sit down on one of their make up chairs as baby was starting to get heavy after all the shopping.
There was a really nice selection of shops here, nothing too high end but all of your major fashion retailers such as Coast, Gap, Debenhams, Reiss, River Island, Monsoon, Topshop to name but a few. They are all well laid out and inviting albeit very crowded on a Saturday. The toilets were lovely too, really nice and clean and I didn't have to wait in a queue once for the toilet which at 8 and a half months pregnant is definitely a plus.
Although we did not eat in it the food court was something to behold. Called The Orient it was massive and featured just about every type of restaurant and food you could want, TGI Fridays, Mexican, Spanish, Japanese. In the end we just grabbed a sandwich to go from M&S as we were on a mission but if I lived nearer here this would be somewhere where I would definitely come just to eat and enjoy a day/night out.
Well, we never did find a flower girl dress, I ended up ordering one from the Next catalogue but I found the Trafford Centre to be an experience in itself and that's before you even begin to go shopping.
Summary: The Trafford Centre, Manchester