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  • “I love going shopping here as there is so much choice of clothes and you can normally get a bargain.” in 6 reviews

  • “This shopping centre located just off the M4 is easy to find and is well signposted.” in 4 reviews

  • “Upstairs there is a cinema and Pizza Hut.” in 4 reviews

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    • Qype User sarn…
    • Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
    • 3 friends
    • 50 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I discussed with my children how many stars we should give McArthur Glen and they unanimously shouted 5!! When I asked why, they all said because of the play area!!

    It really is a good place to go as you can bribe the children to behave in the morning by offering to take them to McDonalds for lunch and then tell them if they behave in the afternoon t hey can go to the play aera for 30 minutes before going home!! It all works out great for us!! We normally squeeze in a coffee at Costa as well!

    There is a good range of shops there including Marks and Spencers and Next (although I admit to finding Next a bit of a jumble sale), you can get bargain clothes, homeware, small electricals, books, art supplies, undies, just about everything at discounted prices.

    They have a good food area with a mix of trashy and healthy foods and a cinema above it (great if your children are older as they can be dropped off at the cinema whilst you shop).

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/5/2007
    First to Review

    Located conveniently at junction 36 of the M4 between Cardiff and Swansea, Bridgend Designer Outlet (better known locally as Sarn Designer Outlet) is a purpose-built complex with nearly 90 retailers.

    More 'High Street' than 'Designer' in my view, it nevertheless has some good staples in clothing: Jaeger, Austen Reed, French Connection, Gap, Levi's, Lee Cooper, Karen Millen, Cecil Gee, Petroleum, Van Heusen and Ben Sherman. There's also a large Marks & Spencer outlet as the anchor store, with a large (though disappointing) Next Clearance shop. There are good bargains to be had, although stock levels do seem to be a bit fickle in some stores.

    Other outlets of interest cover sports and outdoor (Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Tog 24, Helley Hansen) together with luggage, gifts and homeware (Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Royal Worcester), and a more mixed bag selling food, chocolate, children (toys and clothes), jewellery and accessories.

    The weakest element of the site is the choice of eateries: not much beyond fast food, although there's a Starbucks and a Costa for coffee. An odd addition is a 9-screen Odeon cinema complex.

    • Qype User Lee_Ro…
    • London
    • 58 friends
    • 82 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    15/6/2010

    This designer outlet has been the death of Pen-Y-Bont town centre.

    There are some decent shops here but not really that much that you couldn't have found within the town itself

    Sad to say that I wouldn't go here if it hadn't already taken everything out of my home town

    :(

    • Qype User Cymru1…
    • Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff
    • 1 friend
    • 126 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Very clean and also very busy. Loads and loads of shops to choose from. Lots of places to eat aswell. An odeon cinema is even on site.

    Car park is also very spacious so there are rarely troubles parking. Parking is free.

    • Qype User turkey…
    • Pontypool, Torfaen
    • 2 friends
    • 56 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    It's very hit & miss here as to IF you'll find a bargain.
    There is a distinct lack of shops selling clothing in larger sizes. Surprisingly the M&S store often has larger sized clothes - usually more than the 'normal' stores have & they can also be found in Suits You!

    The Thorntons store is the main attraction for me here - hence the need for larger sized clothes! LOL The Clarkes shop is OK but again - it's either feast or famine - you might find loads that interest you BUT you might find nothing!

    I wouldn't go out of my way to shop here. We only visit here when visiting a friend from Bridgend.

    Designer labels - a way to put a very expensive price tag on an item that probably you wouldn't even dream of buying without the 'designer' tag! PLEASE!

    • Qype User Happye…
    • Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff
    • 3 friends
    • 96 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/1/2009

    This is a great shopping outlet with something for everyone. There is plenty of parking and is just off the M4. There is a large variety of store including Marks & Spencer, Next and many Designer shops including Karen Millen.
    There is a food complex which offers sandwiches, smoothies, KFC, Pizza Hut, Macdonalds, Spud u like and many more. There is a coffee shop in the middle of the complex which does great ice-cream. There is a also a park for little ones and a cinema in the complex. It also has a Sainsbury Store next to the complex so you could even a weekly shop on the way home.

    • Qype User Ske…
    • Bristol
    • 0 friends
    • 48 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    This is an outdoor designer outlet just off the M4 by Bridgend, so it's easy to find (although the signs from the motorway exit appear to direct you 2 ways - both work, but it does confuse you!).

    This place has about 100 boutique shops supposedly selling end of line bargains. There's also a Clarks and an M&S, but it always seems to me that you get better bargains in the sales on the high street than at this outlet village. Don't know if I've just been unlucky, but I've never found anything really brilliant there.

    It's a good place to visit every 3-4 months or so, but don't buy stuff just because you're there, 'cause sometimes the bargains can be a bit thin on the ground. It's good to see some different shops, and if you've got kids there's an indoor and outdoor play area to keep them busy. There's also a fairly big food court.

    As the outlet is outdoor, make sure you dress accordingly, as the wind seems to blow right down the arcade, making it freezing in the colder months.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/11/2008

    Visited today and was very pleasantly surprised! Great for clothes shopping of all kinds and bargains to be had everywhere. An interesting range of shops and fast food outlets and a nice tourist information place too which also sells some Welsh gifts. I'll be back!

    • Qype User jomari…
    • Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
    • 79 friends
    • 180 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/1/2009

    This shopping centre located just off the M4 is easy to find and is well signposted. It has lots of free parking which is so close to the entrances you never have to walk very far.

    If you havent visited before this is well worth the visit. It has a large food court where you can buy Harry Ramsdens, Mcdonalds or baked potatos. The area also boasts a multi screen cinema.

    There is a huge range of shops all with up to 70% off original prices. There tends to be alot of clothes shops, and since the only toy shop has now left there it is a little pointless shopping there for children. Stores well worth a visit are the Next clearance shop, M&S clearance and the Thortons outlet shop. Happy shopping!

    • Qype User kle_31…
    • Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff
    • 73 friends
    • 114 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/9/2008

    Everything you need all under one roof. From the food places like KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds to The Odeon Cinema. There are also loads of designer shops many with discounted prices such as KArren Millen, Lee, Wrangler, Nike, Next and M&S. Lots of free parking.

    • Qype User 050232…
    • Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff
    • 10 friends
    • 212 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Mcarther Glen is great for designer bargains! It has a huge car park which is free. On site there is also an Oden cinema which takes part in Orange Wednesday's. Theres also a playground for children. Other shops include Karen Millen, Lee, Wrangla, Tula, FCUK & Designer Room. Its a great place to grab bargains!

    • Qype User Cookie…
    • Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff
    • 6 friends
    • 91 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    I love the shops here, a great range for babies to OAP's. The food's nice to and it also has a cinema and a sainsburrys right next door. The only problem is that not all of the walking around bit is covered so you may get wet if it's busy and you have to walk in the middle(and if it's raining).

    • Qype User Mrsbum…
    • Calne, Wiltshire
    • 3 friends
    • 73 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I have been to a few designer outlets round the country and to be fair I wouldn't say this is the best. Having said that if you are willing to do some serious bargian hunting then I am sure you will find some great deals. There is a wide range of outlets which hopefully covers most bases for people including homeware, sports goods, outdoor pursuits and chocolate. If you get tired from bargain hunting there is a food court and various cafes to take a break in. Parking is good and so far have never had any problems finding a space.

    • Qype User Shae…
    • Cardiff
    • 3 friends
    • 49 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    This is somewhere I really enjoy visiting. I can spend a couple of hours and only spend money on a cup of coffee, either at Costa or Starbucks. I always pop into the M & S outlet. I can be easily tempted to buy some new underwear or clothes for the grandchildren. There is a good mix of shops from designer outlets to cheap and cheerful. Grab some chocolate at the Cadbury shop, some girly bit and bobs for the grand daughters at Claires. There is a childrens play area halfway around, where you have to stay and supervise your children. At one end there is a large foodhall offering a selection of food, McDonalds, Harry Ramsdens, Jacket Potatoes, Healthy option and other things. Upstairs there is a cinema and Pizza Hut. Parking is easy and even when it is very busy you should be able to find a space.

    • Qype User carsta…
    • Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff
    • 3 friends
    • 84 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/11/2008

    A good day out shopping with plenty of outlets and lots of restaurants for a snack. It has a play area for children which i think only costs a pound. They also have trolleys with cars on them to keep the young children happy.

    • Qype User gspark…
    • Barnstaple, Devon
    • 4 friends
    • 150 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/1/2009

    A great place to buy those designer clothes at discount prices. There are lots of shops here to suit everyone including: Ted Baker shop, Cadburys, Adidas, Suit shop and lots more. When we go to look round the shop it normally takes us a few hours to go in them all. So we usually go and get something to eat in there food hall which has different places you can get the food from like macdonalds, pizza hut, kfc etc these are all right next to each other. This works out really well as you have a choice of what you want to eat. I love going shopping here as there is so much choice of clothes and you can normally get a bargain.

    • Qype User hippys…
    • Bridgend
    • 3 friends
    • 50 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/6/2009

    McAurthur Glen designer outlet is a great place to go for a day out shopping. There is a wide range of clothes shops, but also others selling things such as chocolate, coffee and suitcases. The clothes here are cheaper than in other branches of the stores, and some boast discounts as big as up to 70% off. There is a wide range of places to eat in the food court, and there are also 3 cafes, meaning that you can also sit down and have a drink and a bite to eat during your trip.

    • Qype User jamie6…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 3 friends
    • 44 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/1/2012

    Great shops here with some designer names here inc nike addidas tommy fcuk billabong vans m&s next and loads more. Then visit the harvester on the way out. You can pass a couple of hours here shoppin. Get a few bargins.

    • Qype User cliven…
    • Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 1 friend
    • 9 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    22/2/2011

    Everything you could want here.Especially good is The Paper Mill shop.Wonderful staff.

    • Qype User SCOTTY…
    • Bridgend
    • 3 friends
    • 143 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Everything you need under one roof. The prices are very reasonable and there is something for everyone. Clothes, Media, Paper, Posh Tea, Starbucks.the list can go on!

    • Qype User anam…
    • Bridgend
    • 0 friends
    • 53 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    I don't like this place very much at all. The Marks and Spencers, for example, has none of the stock of their other stores or their online website. If you're going here for browsing, I'm sure it's fine; but if you go here with the intention of buying something in particular, then it's likely you'll be disappointed. I quite like the layout, but the selection of stores is rather disappointing. The food area is equally poor, offering seemingly nothing but fast food. I certainly wouldn't recommend going here for a day out. I've never had any luck buying anything here over numerous trips.

    • Qype User bernie…
    • Bridgend
    • 4 friends
    • 90 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/10/2008

    great shops and undercover

    • Qype User eldude…
    • Heanor, Derbyshire
    • 15 friends
    • 60 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    3/10/2008

    a great place to go for a shop or to go window shopping it has everything from designer luxurys to computer games. it has restaurants and a play area and everything to make some ones day out. consider going there with your family and you will for sure enjoy it

    • Qype User davida…
    • Bridgend
    • 3 friends
    • 10 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/3/2011

    big cinema and loads to do for shopping and eating

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