Eldon Square shopping centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
This shopping centre is huge with so many shops under one roof. There are also shops outside as well [Primark, TK Maxx] . Many of the shops are larger than other branches throughout the country and carry different stock at times.
Marks and Spencer, Fenwick, John Lewis, Debenham, New look, Topshop, River Island are among the clothing shops. Game and HMV call the games afficionados .
Starbucks, Marble slab,and other cafes cater for those needing sustenance.
The list is endless.
What to buy: Marble Slab is the only place which offers a choice of ice-cream mixed together, as is done in the USA.
What to pay: as much or as little as you like.
Newcastles shopping was once the best outside of London. Not so now but very good none the less. There are 2 major shopping malls, one in the city centre called Eldon Square and one just over the river called The Metro Centre - this is the largest in Europe.
There are lots of big names and designer shops right down to the tat (second hand) shops and "pound shops" you can't buy cheaper.
But our best and most famous export is Fenwicks. This is a fantastic store which sells just about everything and is very classy. The toy store is a childs dream especially at christmas. Some good deals here and fantastic sales. This is the original store and still the best in the country.
What to buy: Perfume, clothes, toys, food (cakes, Mmmm delicious!) fabrics, kitchenware, household goods etc. They have it all including restaurants, cafe's, hairdressers and more.
What to pay: Millions!!! No seriously as much or as little as you like. Treat yourself to a Birketts meringue from the bakers. Made in the lakes and delicious!
An older alternative to the Metro Centre is the Eldon Square shopping centre in the middle of the city. It isn’t as big or in my opinion so comfortable an experience, but its central location can’t be beaten. There are many of the usual high street names here, though some prefer a location outside on Northumberland Street. The biggest attractions are probably the two big department stores, Fenwick and House of Fraser, which are both very good and worth a visit.
On the whole I find the Eldon Square centre a bit over-crowded, especially on a Saturday – both walking the concourses and attempting to get into the changing rooms in the most popular shops to try clothes on.
There are a number of small cafes and a pub – my own favourite for a coffee and a cake is the café in the middle of the newer Eldon Garden extension, which is slightly quieter than the main part. The centre has just recently had some improvement work done and I spotted some new restaurants on the west side of the old Eldon Square on my last visit which will be a welcome addition to the facilities.
That same old Eldon Square was largely pulled down in the 1970s to make way for this centre, something I gather caused a furore at the time and I’m sure wouldn’t be allowed nowadays. One side is still intact to give a flavour of what it once was, as is the Charles Hartwell's bronze statue of St. George and dragon, a World War 1 memorial.
Eldon Square is allegedly one of the biggest shopping-malls in England. With hundreds of shops inside it stretches all over Newcastle city center. It is most likely thet you'll find what you need there.
Eldon Square is right in the centre of Newcastle with over 140 shops plus a good choice of cafes and restaurants. I prefer this shopping centre compared to the large Metro Centre in Gateshead as there are also a large number of shops outside on the street. The place just has a nicer feel to it.
Eldon Square, is thought to be one of the biggest city centre shopping centre's in Europe. With roughly 150 shops, it is a shoppers dream, and contains all of the high street names you would ever need, as well as department stores, cafe's and restraunts. From Boots to Argos...Eldon Square has it all!
What to buy: Anything you want to buy, you could probably get here (to a certain extent). From electrical goods to sporting equipment.
What to pay: The price's are not bad here as well, just your typical high street prices!
Located more conveniently in the city center, Eldon square has a bit more character than the sprawling metro center.
Lots of shops, a very bad Juicy Lucy, and a massive Fenwick's (dept. store).