Metrocentre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Centre Opening Hours
What to buy: Every thing you look for..
When it was built the Metro Centre was the biggest shopping mall in Europe. I think it was briefly overtaken by Lakeland and possibly others but it’s recently expanded and is now making the same claim. Whatever – it’s pretty huge, and you’ll need plenty of stamina and a real enthusiasm for shopping to do it justice!
There are apparently nearly 330 shops (no I haven’t counted them for myself!) and these include most of the major high street names plus quite a few smaller and more individual shops. Some of the latter are located in two slightly twee indoor “streets” known as the Village and the Forum.
The major department stores include Debenhams, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer; my favourite UK fashion chain Monsoon has a large branch; there’s Gap, Next, Wallis and so on ……
To help you navigate the mall is divided into four colour zones, each on two floors. You can approach this place in several ways:
We try to be systematic if we’re there for a serious shopping trip, e.g. during the sales, so take each zone in turn, one floor at a time.
If you’re looking for a particular shop or type of shop there are plenty of maps (located at each junction).
Or you could just start walking and see what you stumble across!
What to buy: [This isn't "what to buy", which is entirely up to you, as they have just about everything, but VT wouldn't allow me to put all this in the section above!]
In addition to the shops there are plenty of places to eat, from fast food outlets to quite decent family style restaurants – try the Mediterranean Village area for somewhere with a bit more character. And if you’re bored with all that shopping, the Metro Centre also has an eleven-screen cinema, a bowling centre and Metroland – an indoor funfair. At certain times of year entertainment is laid on for children, eg a panto show at Christmas.
Parking at the Metro Centre is free and there’s plenty of it, though you may have to hunt for a space if you don’t come early when the sales are on. The lots are colour-coded in the same way as the malls, so make sure you remember whether you’re in the blue, yellow, green or red car-park and use the exit from the corresponding mall when you want to go home – or you could be wandering outside for a long while! Alternatively take the bus – there’s a regular shuttle from the city centre (Monument and Central Station) or from Gateshead Metro station.
For those who enjoy going to really large shopping malls go to the Metrocentre. I would recommend going by train from the railway station in Newcastle. Whilst it is the second station after leaving Newcastle most trains don't stop at the first station and so for most journeys it will only be one stop
This shopping mall is still the largest shopping and leisure centre in Europe although for a short time it was only second,
The Metrocentre in Gateshead is as far as I know, the largest shopping centre in the UK. It really is a massive mall full of all the stores you could want. Average to expensive, it's a great place to shop in. There are little amuesment bits for kids to play in as well in various parts of the mall, and several restaurants. A shopaholic's dream.....
Newcastle is probably the best place to shop in the world especially if ya female ...
The Metro Centre is the biggest shoppest centre in Europe ( again ) but its MORDER to get parked...If you want to shop, park ootside the centre and get the Metro ...otherwise you'll be stuck looking at the Angel gannin south or lookin at St. James Park on the horizon gannin north ..
Eldon Square in Newcastle centre is probably less fizzy although it is quite congested on evenings and weekends ..
What to buy: OWT !
What to pay: OWT !
The Metro Centre is one of the largest shopping and leisure complex in Europe. Attractions include Metroland, Europe's largest indoor theme park, a bowling alley Megabowl, a multi screen cinema, more than 50 restaurants, bars, and cafes and over 350 shops. It also boasts 12,000 free parking spaces, a bus station, a railway station and a coach park. With something for everyone it is not difficult to see why The Metro Centre has become the North's number one attraction with visitors from all corners of the globe.
I still don't know if it's true that at some stage this was the biggest mall in Europe, but people come from near & far to walk around it's colour-coded (helps you to not get lost) sections.
Lots of department stores, and the requisite Boots, Body Shop etc., it really has everything you could be looking for plus amusement rides & games for the kids indoors.
A whole host of shops under one roof, the Metro Centre is the North East's largest out of town shopping centre. Ideal for cold,wet days, you can shop til you drop in comfort! There are pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, a bowling alley and a cinema too, so everybody should be happy!
Many of the big high street names are here, but there are also some smaller specialist shops.