Trafford Center, Manchester
The Trafford Centre is a huge shopping centre and leisure complex located in Trafford, Manchester. The Trafford Centre is easily assessible by bus from Manchesters bus station (Shudehill) and other buses running from smaller towns outside of the city.
The Trafford centre is famous for having one of the largest food courts in Europe called "The Orient" where you can purchase fast food such as McDonalds, KFC, Sandwiches, Cakes, Coffee etc.
As well as shopping The Trafford Centre is also home to an Odeon Cinema, LazerQuest and minature golf.
Parking is also free at The Trafford Centre which I feel is an added bonus. If you were to spend the day shopping in Manchester City Centre and had parked your car in the Multi-storey you would be spending between £6-£10.
The only draw back to the Trafford Centre is that from the centre of the building there are different "streets" of shops leading in different directions (looking almost like an octopus) you have to go back on yourself to get to the centre and walk through another "street".
There are some great places to get a coffee but these get very busy during peak times and is very difficult to find a seat.
What to buy: The Trafford Centre sells almost everything from clothes, shoes to stationary. You will find many high street brands such as River Island, Top Shop, Next, Republic etc.
You will also find some homeware shops where you can buy furnishings such as pillows, curtains and bedding.
What to pay: The price really does depend on which shop you visit.
The Trafford Centre is what is known as "Mall" in places like America. It has department stores, boutiques and almost every type of shop under one roof - 230 of them. They range from the more upmarket department store Selfridges, cosmetics shop Space NK, and a Vivienne Westwood accessories shop through to the shops for Mr and Mrs Average like Marks and Spencers and John Lewis.
As well as the shops there is a large 20 screen cinema complex and an area with restaurants and bars. As well as the awful McDonalds and KFC there are some classier Manchester favourites with branches here like Shere Khan Indian and Tampopo and YoSushi.
The building is quite distinctive and quite attractive from the outside with its big green domes.
There is a huge parking area and some of it is covered.
Opening times are 10am to 10pm most days, 8pm Saturdays, and 12 to 5pm Sundays.
If you are looking for clothing whether it be Womens, Mens or Kids. Trafford Centre is best. There is loads of clothing and shoe shops, but not many other types of shop. You have Selfridges, John Lewis, and loads of boutiques.
What to pay: It is really varied, you can spend little or lot. You have the high street shops in there as well as boutiques.
To be honest i dont think there is anything that is not for sale in the trafford centre. the decor of the centre is wonderful and a huge array of shops make this a great place to visit especially if the weather is bad on the day as it was on my visit.
plenty of restaurants there also
to do shopping in Manchester for lazy ppl is best in Arndale.
But if u're looking for smth very specific, and in general what to make your shopping day a nice holiday the best place to go is Trafford Center. The biggest one in Europe, the larest number of parking places. All possible brands of shops, restaurants, cinemas, its own china-town and many other things u'll find inside.
What to pay: u can spend there everything u have, your friend has, your parents have..:) just try to buy what u was looking for and nothing else. anyway if u came home and changed your mind- u can return things within 28 days after purchase (don't lose receipt).
For the ultimate Mall experience you should check out the Trafford Center. I wasn't going to write a tip about it as everyone else does too but really, this mall is one of the nicest i've seen. It does not look like your usual concrete slab filled with stores from the outside. It has graceful lines and pillars, domes and trees. There is an outdoor pool and skating area and inside, there are market type stalls as well as the usual shops. There's a large cinema complex as well as some gaming arcades. The food area is decorated in sections and themes and the main food court eating area looks like the deck of a cruise ship. The domes and sculptures through the mall are amazing
What to buy: Getting There: Shuttle buses will ferry customers to & from the Centre & Stretford Metrolink station every 15 minutes. The total journey time is only 11 minutes. There's a bus station as well and lots of busses travel there from all over the city. See the website for transportation and maps.
The sheer size of it makes it special to me, you can get everything you need under one roof. The clothes shops are great for the youngsters. You could spend a full day window shopping, and not spend a penny!!
State-of-the-art out-of-town mall a short ride from the city centre. Designed along "classical" lines it has marble columns and glass domed roofs and a good variety of shops and eating places. Selfridges was a must for me, but now there's one in the city centre too...
Trafford Centre - it is literally the most beautiful shopping center I have ever been to and oh the sales!!! :))
All the main UK retailers are there like Debenhams, Boots etc, with much more competive prices than back in Dublin.
What to buy: When I was there, there were loads of Manchester Commonwealth Games memorabilia being sold, but I didnt bother with any of that kind of stuff