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  • “The food court is great and there are plenty of options to suit everyone.” in 8 reviews

  • “As often with outlet villages if your joe bloggs then there won't be as many bargains because they will have sold on the high street.” in 4 reviews

  • Car parking is cheap - £1 for about 5 hours and you could walk into Swindon centre from here if you don't mind a bit of a walk.” in 3 reviews

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/5/2011
    1 check-in here

    This is a designer outlet village located off junction 16 of the M4 near Swindon. Quite a lot of roundabouts to get to it but there's ample parking once you get there. Parking is charged but if you spend more than £100, you can get your parking ticket redeemed for free.

    There is a good selection of shops, all under cover, covering middle to upper class shops. Food is available at a food court and at various cafes.

    Apparently, Stores have to sell their goods for at least 30% discount here.

    A highlight of Swindon!

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008
    First to Review

    Housed in part of the former railway works in Swindon, this outlet mall offers over 100 retail outlets under one roof.

    The architecture of the former works makes for an interesting and very attractive shopping environment, although walking around each of the four malls involves quite a trek. There's a homes area with an open-plan layout covering different brands of china, cookware and furnishings, but most of the shops further on are given over to clothing - mostly High Street names rather than top labels, although it does include some slightly higher-end stores such as Aquascutum, Burberry, Jaeger, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Thomas Pink, Timberland, Van Heusen and Tommy Hilfiger. As you might expect, the level of discounting varies hugely, and depends on what you are after.

    Gap, Next and Marks and Spencer also have large stores, although I found these tended to be for end of lines and older stock, so the choice was a bit limited. There are a dozen or so sportswear shops, too, (eg Nike, Puma, Foot Locker, Hi-Tec, Mountain Store), so it's a good place for outdoor kit, and there's a fair range of luggage and accessories shops.

    The food court has been expanded and, while there's no proper restaurant, the choice at least includes a Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and a pizza cafe as well as fast-food. The main coffee bar is currently graced with a real GWR steam locomotive on loan from the Severn Valley Railway: a somewhat ignominious location for such a fine machine!

    There are plenty of toilet and baby-changing facilities, a crèche, telephones, a cash-point and an information point. The whole site has level access and there's a Shop Mobility facility.

    The site is a 10 minute walk from Swindon railway station, or regular bus services operate from the town centre: services 1 and 1a, operated by Thamesdown Transport (Tel: 01793 428 428), run regularly seven days a week.

    • Qype User shopah…
    • London
    • 34 friends
    • 167 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    25/4/2007

    Interesting location - especially if you are a railway enthusiast - for this mid market factory outlet mall.
    A good selection of brands, mostly high-street rather than high-end designers, but still worth a look.
    Limited places to eat (especially if you are not a fan of fast/junk food); hopefully that will be improved. Great if the weather is atrocious because the whole mall is under one roof.

    • Qype User joeg…
    • Swindon
    • 3 friends
    • 23 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/10/2008

    As often with outlet villages if your joe bloggs then there won't be as many bargains because they will have sold on the high street. But I am not and have found it to be very fruitful.

    A great selection of shops to choose from, formal outfits to footy boots!

    • Qype User WeeWif…
    • Chippenham, Wiltshire
    • 5 friends
    • 21 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/10/2008

    I tend to go through phases of enjoying shopping. But there are a couple of coffee stops on the way round. There is also a creche for children under 8 (I think!). My son won a ride on train from a colouring competition there last year - we never win anything.

    But as everything is under cover it can make for a nice change - especially now my eldest son has decided that it's good to buy clothes and look cool!!!!

    If you are looking for something really specific this may not be the place for you - but if you like browsing - it's just the job.

    They have recently added a John Lewis Furniture bit, so that's good. Also plenty of parking and if you spend enough you can get your parking for free.

    • Qype User mcduff…
    • Swindon
    • 2 friends
    • 60 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    I consider Swindon outlet to be the best outlet i have visited. There are a good selection of brands- from Marks and Spencers, Gap, Puma & Ben Sherman to Burberrys, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss & Timberland. There are also a few shop homes such as Whittards, Antler (luggage brand), Samsonite, Le Creuset & Emporio furniture.

    The food court is great and there are plenty of options to suit everyone. Parking is easy and convenient- £1 for upto 5 hours!

    It is worth signing up to the club on the website- you occasionally get emailed vouchers for 10% or even 20%.

    • Qype User thejt…
    • Swindon
    • 2 friends
    • 48 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    29/11/2008

    This is a great shopping complex, built in the old rail yard of the Great Western rail srevice, that seems to go on forever and ever. They have a great selction of stores, from clothing and homeware to jewellery and chocolate shops. A great place to shop for Christmas gifts as everything is under one roof.
    The food hall is limited and staff working in there seem to be in a perpetual bad mood, could be the hordes of people they have to deal with on a daily basis, however would rather pop back across the road and head to Bottelinos.
    Everything you need under one roof and a covered shopping arcade so therefore good for those rainy days.

    • Qype User experi…
    • Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
    • 2 friends
    • 15 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    28/12/2008

    Better than Bicester for sure. As a lover of quality rather than fashion i am pleased to be able to buy from the likes of Aquascutum at reduced prices.

    As others have said it is worth going just to look at the great use they have made of what was arun down rail station.

    If I was to give them one tip to improve then it would be to do something about the food. High fat, High carb, High Sugar may appeal to many, but an option of a real quality restaurant or two would not go amiss (at least with me!)

    • Qype User Sonia…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 104 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    The Great Western Designer Outlet Village is a good day out for the family. There are lots of shops that will please both adults and children. There are a number of high street retailers like next, book shops, toy shops and all kind of other shops and I think that most people will find somewhere that they like to shop, plus most of it is heavily discounted. Unfortunately there isn't much for teenagers in terms of shopping.
    One of the things I like best is that there is so much for children to do. They have a bouncy castle and slide and there's an outdoor play area right next to starbucks, so parents can get coffee while their children play.
    I absolutely love the food court, there is so much variety of food.

    • Qype User taxi…
    • Spalding, Lincolnshire
    • 2 friends
    • 53 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    I love this place. There are loads of shops and in an easy environment to navigate. Plenty of signs around so you know what is where, and all the homeware is in one huge room.

    Limited eating, but I always go for the shops. It can range from highstreet, up to some higher end places and there's usually something for eeryone

    • Qype User janice…
    • Swindon
    • 2 friends
    • 43 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    A good place to do a few hours shopping. All under cover so if it is raining probably a good choice. There are lots of sports shops where you can pick up a bargain - Nike, Puma etc and the stock here seems to be the same as on the high street. The other shops seem a bit behind the trends but you can still find some good bargains if you look for long enough.

    Car parking is cheap - £1 for about 5 hours and you could walk into Swindon centre from here if you don't mind a bit of a walk.

    There is a food court serving pizza's, jacket potato etc. It is a bit pricey and lacks any real atmosphere when you sit down to eat. Convienient though.

    Plenty of toilets along the way.

    They have a lovely home section, which includes M&S. You can buy fridges, freezers, washing machines etc here all at lower prices because of an aesthetic flaw. This, along with the sports wear is probably the best section.

    • Qype User jacoho…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 65 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    Top marks for reviving a run down building. I remember I lived in Swindon when the mall first opened and the change it brought to a otherwise abandoned part of the town. There is a shop for everyone and it brings the american shopping mall concept to a british railroad heritage site.

    • Qype User Marg2k…
    • Swindon
    • 0 friends
    • 158 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    The Great Western Designer Outlet Village is a great place to go shopping. There are lots of shops there, all undercover in a big mall type place that was made in the old buildings of the Great Western Railway. It has been constructed sympathetically in keeping with the old buildings.

    There is lots of car parking, although you do have to pay, it is not free, unless you spend over £100 in total. Most of the shops are clothes shops, with lots of designer names, although there are also shoe shops such as Clarks and fast food outlets there to grab a bite to eat.

    There is a park there for the children to play on when they are bored of shopping and even a creche if you want to leave them to play for an hour whilst you shop.

    It is open until 8 most nights. It gets very crowded at the weekends, but is really peaceful if you want to do your Christmas shopping there one evening in the week.

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

    The Outlet centre at Swindon is housed in old Railway buildings and it is a nice touch to make use of the existing building and keep some sense of history to the place. There are plenty of shops to keep you occupied for a good few hours, ranging from childrens clothes to homeware. There are a lot of bargains to be had if you sift through the items on offer. If you get tired and need a break there is a good food court and there are a few coffee shops dotted around to give you a chance to get your second wind ready for more bargain hunting.

    • Qype User Babyca…
    • Swindon
    • 1 friend
    • 58 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    The great western designer outlet is a great shopping centre, although the shops are expensive. It always has a great atmosphere at christmas time with the christmas lights and music. It's indoor, so is popular with shoppers at this time of year. It has a big food court with a range of food to buy, and seating to eat. Most of the shops are designer, although there are a few highstreet ones such as Claires Accessories. It has a play park outside too, for the children. There is a cafe which looks out onto the play park if parents want to enjoy a drink and bite to eat while the children are playing.

    • Qype User Rileys…
    • Swindon
    • 1 friend
    • 48 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    The outlet village is one of the newer shopping malls in swindon. It has a large range of shops and a food court inside. I think most of the shops are aimed at the older generation as they dont really have any shops for the younger generation. The mall is always kept very clean which is good and it is also never that busy so its very easy to get around. I think it could benefit by having more shops for all different ages but thats its only downfall.

    • Qype User paul_…
    • Windsor
    • 10 friends
    • 87 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    13/10/2008

    This place is good if you are on a budget as many of the stores (but not all) have most of the stock they would normally carry in their high street stores as well as end of season stock.
    Based in and around the old Great Western engineering sheds where trains were built and repaired (back in the day)you can still see many features of the workshops as you wander around.
    There are not so many designer shops here as there are in Bicester but its horses for courses and this place is under one roof whereas Bicester is not.
    I think its a bit cheeky charging for car parking though (Bicester is free) but you can get your money back if you spend enough. Surely if they are worried about commuters parking here then proof of any purchase would suffice?
    A good day out though if you are happy to rumage for bargains. Beware of the stores who charge the same as they do on the high street which surely defeats the object of the excercise?!

    • Qype User pinksn…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 2 friends
    • 150 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/11/2008

    A really go place to go for a shopping trip, as they ahve alot of shops all under cover and in on shopping centre, they ahve great names here like M&S,Le cruesie, denby, mexx, goldsmiths, footlocker, gap,and cadburies chocolates to name but a few. All at reduced prices some times the items are last seasons stock other times they are slight seconds but this is clearly marked on the price card. Well worth a trip they also have a food court so you can get a spot of lunch from fast food outlets or something a little healthier.

    • Qype User lauren…
    • Bournemouth
    • 2 friends
    • 50 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    22/5/2009

    Doesn't have the sort of discount shops I would like but well worth a visit if you are looking for more expensive clothes or walking/camping equipment as there is a wide range of shops and stock.

    • Qype User vaness…
    • Swindon
    • 0 friends
    • 46 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    The MCArthur designer outlet in swindon is housed in a beautifully restored railway works and hosts over 100 stores offering huge discounts ( upto 50% less compared to the high street) on known labels ranging from apparels, shoes, accessories, sports , jewellery, gifts , beauty etc. The outlet also has quite a few restaurants and cafes should you decide to grab a quick bite while shopping. There are ample signposted parking spots around the outlet for convenience. A small charge may apply for parking although if you spend a certain amount ( over £100) in the outlet the parking charge may be waived. There are really good and safe creches and paly area plus loads of fun things to do at the outlet e.g face painting, puppet shows, character appearances, santa claus ( at around the xmas season) to keep the kiddies entertained while the parents enjoy a stress free shopping. Making a group booking will entitle everyone in the group to get a 10% discount on selected stores for the day. some stores also do tax free shopping , always best to ask as not all stores will provide this service to you.
    A good fun and shopping day out for the whole family. Worth visiting if you are in the vicinity

    • Qype User greg_…
    • Swindon
    • 0 friends
    • 8 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Not a great selection of stock. Typically the rubbish that has sat dormant on the high-street for the past year. Fairly priced, but you won't find any more bargains here than you would in any town centre. Not worth a special visit. Parking is well provided for and decent food hall.

    • Qype User yellow…
    • Evesham, Worcestershire
    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    If you love shopping you will love this place. I always manage to go on a wet Sunday though when everyone else goes. I would love to go on a week day when it was quieter. The good value reductions are great and it is fun to have a good rummage around. There are challenges in every shop though certainly a lot of items not to buy. You have to know the prices of things and I found both Gap and Marks and Spencers a little disappointing with prices. Tog24 is great for ski wear although watch out for the great difference in prices from this season to last season. Footlocker is great for trainers . The eating area is vast and there is good variety. parking is easy and although not freenot too bad.

    • Qype User worces…
    • Worcester
    • 0 friends
    • 72 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/1/2009

    good choice of shops offering good value. food outlets let it down for me but you can't please evreyone.

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