this place is huge! the colour coding really helps to make sure that you find your car at the end of the day! we always park in yellow, go through past the cinema and all the great restaurants, the shops are good, lots of variation so on one trip you are guaranteed to find everything you are looking for. you need to be quite prepared for how busy it gets on a saturday though, if crowds and queues do your head in then i would give it a miss!
The Metrocentre scares me.
I am sure, like the staircase in Harry Potter, it changes shape as you walk through it, and my sense of direction is usually pretty hot! Claustrophobia is right on the button! It has it's own fans I guess.
I only go there if I absolutely, positively, unavoidably HAVE to go there.
It gives me the heebie jeebies thinking about it.
The largest shopping and leisure complexes in Europe, this site is home to over 350 shops, bars, restaurants, a ten-screen cinema as well as a children's theme park complete with rollercoaster and swinging pirate ship.
The MetroCentre is actually located in Gateshead, but as it is just three miles from Newcastle city centre.
The MetroCentre is open throughout the year seven days of the week come rain or come shine. Doors open from 10:00am most days except Sunday and while stores stay open to as late as 8:00pm on some weekdays, some of the bars, restaurants and other entertainments do stay open later.
Great place to shop, see a movie, go on the fair or relax.
Sooo big! I love it loads, Loads of shops you could easily lose several days in here. Used to visit here when I was younger and gutted to learn that Metroland has gone! It was good for parents to put you there and they got some free time to shop for christmas presents haha!
When you're done shopping or just need a break there are loads of food places to sit and relax in, or perhaps you could go see a movie or have a game of bowling.
A great place for all your shopping needs the metro centre has plenty of parking but it is so popular that it is always hard to find spaces. With all the well know high street shops this is a great place to go it also has several villages with more specialised individual shops in from food to jewerlly There are loads of different resteraunts to choose from and an eleven screen cinema which has all the latest films on
There is also a games centre with arcades and bowling for the kids
The shops are usually open later normally closing around 9pm
They have touch map screen and handy little maps to take to get you around the 5 malls as there is no way to remember where everything is and its handy knowing where the public toilets are
If you dont drive plenty of buses go here
The Metrocentre was once the largest shoppping centre in Europe, though I don't think that is the case anymore. Still, it is huuuge and houses every shop you could possibly dream of!
It used to be home to a small theme park - Metroland - but unfortunately this has recently ceased to trade. It's a shame because I spent many a weekend in there with my siblings!
Still we do often visit. The neighbouring retail park is also pretty good for grabbing a bargain. My favourite shop - the Matalan clearance store - is no long there though, so I tend to stick to the main shopping centre now.
There are five different malls - red, yellow, green, blue and central. This makes it easier for those new to the Metrocentre to navigate their way around, as there are maps situated at several points throughout the centre, as well as numerous information desks in case you get lost!
Now xmas is nearing, they are open especially late which is fab for anyone who works 9-5pm as you still have plenty of time to do any last minute late night shopping :D
All in all this is one of my favourite shopping centres with a nice mix of designer and also budget store. Good variety of eateries as well as cinemas and other entertainment. It gets 9 out of 10 from me!
Alright, so this place CAN be a nightmare, but it can also be a palace. People DO flock from miles around (literally, I mean Norway, ferry-style) to visit the Metro Centre, and you can see why.
Times to avoid: Christmas, school holidays, bank holidays, and bizzarely, September. Obvious reasons: just not worth the time, hassle and stress of being stuck behind a triped-seated mother + buggie on the 24th December.
Times to get stuck in: January sales (if you can brave the crowds) and ANY other time. The Metro Centre IS a scary place, but it's arguably worth it for the great parking facilities (driving there in rush hour however: totally different story!), the un-ending sales and the huge variety of shops available.
You can eat any kind of food you like here (Chiquitos to McDonalds) and there's even a UCI cinema in the blue section of the mall. If the shopping gets too stressful, head to the enormous Weatherspoons also in the blue section which will tailor to your every alcohol need from an early hour.
The funny little coloured maps that have been mentioned are sometimes my saviour. They're different now - and definitely more useful! - as you can search by specific shop name, the type of establishment you need (i.e. children's footwear) or even just by dissecting what's near you.
There's a lovely little village full of bridal shops, specialist costume shops and arts & crafty type things. There's also the Med village full of similar.
The Metro Centre has recently been extended to include a Debenhams, and this, accompanied by a House of Frasier and a Marks and Sparks is perfection.
Oh! Also, the closure of Metroland (a type of indoors theme park) has signifcantly reduced the number of pre-teens wandering around for no reason.
This place has great transport links if you don't fancy driving in: there's a train that leaves roughly every fifteen minutes (weekends) from Newcastle Central St. to the M.C.'s own station, plus many a bus link from all over the North East, but especially many concentrated in leaving from the Haymarket bus link the centre of Newcastle.
At Christmastime, one of the huge Metro Centre Gnomes could scare the living daylights out of you, but the lights are gorgeous and the Santa's grotto an undeniable delight to young children.
Random Metro Centre fact: throwing pennies in one of the fountains really IS lucky.
Hopefully this was helpful! Three stars. *
Great mall with so many different stores. Love the Meditterean Village in particular. Easy to get to and lots of car spaces. Mostly familiar stores though.
great variety or shops, regular 'dancing gnome' shows to keep the kids entertained (they also sometimes have fashion shows to model some of the clothes shops' new fashion lines. good variety of restaurants.
however, many of the shops in some of the malls have closed down and not been replaced - there arent as many shops are there used to be.
Not sure if this is still one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe but certainly worth a visit. Incorprating everything from shops, resturants, cinema to a little theme park and arcade. The amount of shops but retail and one offs are unbelievable and it seems to get bigger every time you go whether it be for something sepcific or just something to do. I could go on and on but easier for you just to visit.
Easy to get to either by train or bus.If you are visiting in a car there is a large car park.Shopping centre is huge and i think it would take a cople of days shopping to see everything in the centre.Plenty of places to eat and drink and there is an amusement park which is good for children-gives them something to do with the hubby whilst you get to do some shopping!!!Dfinatly worht visiting- the perfect place to do all your christmas chopping as there is a shop suitable for everyone.
one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK. There are loads of shops !! there is also metro land which has a rollercoaster and some rides in , what shopping centre does that. Located close to central new castle, it's a must visit.
Metrocenter is The best place for shopping for all people. We always go there if wanted something like clothes, toys, homeware, even go to cinema because after see movie we can go to shopping, hunting bargain on poundland or poundworld, sweet store, mobile phone and many many more.
This place is the best parking for shopping too because they have Free parking so you never worry got penalty for park your car.
Not just that this place have multistory too so weather rain or snow you always dry.
On the multistory park have vip clean for your car so you not need stay long and not do anything, just park and go to shopping then the end you got your car clean and tidy.
One of my favourite shopping centres because it has a big range of shops- from debenhams to the pound shop. Slighly dog-eared, it could do with a revamp but it is kept clean and tidy. Popular with the local community, parking can sometimes be an issue- and watch out for the wierd one way system around it! Good cinema though and lots of places to eat. I've never been to the amusement arcade are though- i is always packed with teenagers.
The Metro Centre has a large range of shops for anything you could possibly need. They have electrical, clothing, travel, gift shops and lots more. There are plenty of cheap shops and also ones that are more expensive so there is likely to be something for any budget. There are also lots of cafes and restaurants for when you need a break.
The Metrocentre isn't a bad place at all, I may even go as far to say it's rather good. As the name fails to imply, it isn't on the metro line, but what's a name anyway. All the usual masses of shops, people and parking you expect from a large shopping centre, plenty of eateries from retuarants to fast food, a cinema for entertainment. What's not to like? The masses of people on a weekend can get a bit much, but as long as you don't turn up on the melee of christmas eve it's no different than a busy high street. It's very accessable, train (not metro), massive car parks, tons of busses etc.
The best advice I was given about the layout of the place it's shaped like two 'H' on top of eachother. You'll figure it out after walking round for a bit.
A Bi-annual visit reminds me of what I'm not missing out on. On weekends you will feel like a salmon floating upstream against the strong current. Perhaps you are the current and the masses, the salmon. This is survival of the fitest, retail mania or just a plain struggle to breath in second hand carbon dioxide. Not good for claustrophobia. Take plenty of buckets to fill up in the sweet shops. There's a cinema, every fast food chain going, a steak house and most major retail outlets in and around the Metro-Centre. The Christmas lights are very pretty, I must admit. I have lost count at how many times I have got lost in this place. Bright coloured maps are scattered about and they do make sense after a while. If you know what you want, where to find it and love losing yourself in a crowd full of retail freaks then you're in for a relaxing shop. Full steam ahead.
a little dated now but its got so many shops to go around! something for all your family!
Aaaaaaaaaargh!Female heaven but also male hell-let hem enjoy it guys -just let them go on their own!
Metrocentre is my favourite shopping centre. It is the largest shopping mall in Europe. It is situated in Gateshead, right next to A1, so, it's very handy to reach. I live in Newcastle, but to get there is even quicker than to get into Newcastle City Centre. It's only 10 minutes from Gosforth (Newcastle), where I live. The best thing of Metrocentre is free parking and you can either choose mutistorey parking or open air parking. The parking choice is very convenient as in cold or rain weather, you can choose to park in multistorey. When the weather is hot, you can choose to park in open air parking for a bit sun bathing. The parking space is huge. You will always find parking space there. With regard to the shops, it is absolutely great as almost any shop has branch in Metrocentre. Even banking is great in Metrocentre. Halifax bank branch in Metrocentre open until 8 pm M-T and open until 4 pm on Saturday, which is beyond my belief at first. It is really handy when you want to banking and your partner or your kids wants to do shopping or other entertainments. The food in Metrocentre is various as well. You can have chinese buffet if you want or you can have italian restaurants if you want or you just want a fast food like KFC or MCD. almost any type of food are there. Another good thing about Metrocentre is it surrounded by IKEA, Harry Ramsden, Toys R Us, ASDA, and many others. Regarding Entertainment, Metrocentre has Cinema as well. It nearly has everything. However, the cinema is not really modern as the seats are all flat, they are not in slope, so sometimes when you have someone tall seats in front of you, this can become a problem to see the screen. It may be good for disable or people with children, so they don't have to worry their children falls the stairs inside the cinema when their children wants to go to toilet or something. Overall, Metrocentre is always be my favourite entertainment place.
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