York Designer Outlet is the home of guilt-free shopping according to the sign outside. Unfortunately, I often feel quite guilty as I end up buying more than I anticipated!
From clothes to kitchenware via the shoes, there's plenty of bargains to be had if you know where to look. Favourite shops include M&S Outlet (be prepared to queue), Professional Cookware (Dualit is still unaffordable), Cadburys Factory Shop (everyone loves misshapes) and Donnay (very cheap England Shirts). For the snappy dressers, there's Armarni, Ted Baker, Coast, Paul Smith, Jaeger etc. Also worth a visit if you're off camping or walking/trekking are the numerous outdoor-type shops such as Tog24, Mountain Warehouse and the new addition of Craghoppers.
If you need a rest from carrying all those bags, have a seat at Nero's or Starbucks downstairs, or ride the escalator to the foodhall upstairs and pig out on Pizza Hut or McDonalds (amongst others).
I realy struggle to find anything I like clotheswise at the Designer outlet. It's totally hit and miss wether you're going to have a good shop or not.
What I do really like is the book shop - full of lovely books for kids at great prices, the music shop - you can always find a bargain here, Clarks - Quality shoes at at least half the price of clarks stores and finally Thorntons, (well I'm a girl what do you expect?) cheap choccy tastic.
The food court is not bad either, it's great when not everyone wants the same for lunch - choose what food you want, wether it be Mcdonalds, pizza hut, etc and all sit together with your chosen grub.
A place where you can always find a bargain!! Really good range of shops from High Street (Next, M & S etc) to the more designer shops (Armani, Paul Smith, Karen Millen etc). There's a food court upstairs and also a number of cafes around the complex. There's also other shops where you can find a bargain - such as cosmetics, homeware, paper craft etc.
The York Designer Outlet is all under one roof so is definitely a good trip out on a rainy day!! You can also get park and ride in to York City so if you're making a day of it park up, grab a few bargains in the Outlet and then get on the bus to York.
Not the greatest outlet centre in the world, but has improvement dramatically since opening through expansion, big name signings, and a good selection of shops that you won't find everywhere else.
There is one of only about 3 French Connection Outlet stores in the country here, alongside other top brands like Armani, Ted Baker and Ralph Lauren.
There is a fairly pitifully sized Next Outlet, which makes the best of its limited space, and offers some decent bargains.
There is also a park and ride into York centre, which is extremely useful for people living on the South side of the city, especially as parking in York is a nightmare!
The Deisgner Outlet has around 110 shops and is an indoor centre located just on the A19/A64 interchange five minutes out of York. Its serviced by the Arriva 415 and 412 buses as well as Park and Ride from Cliffords Tower.
Its a large place with many shops and food outlets, prices are fair but like many outlets you need to search around for the best bargains. There are many 'Designer' shops selling last seasons clothing which kind of defeats the object of wanting to look good in designer clothes anyway.
It would be nice to have a few more normal high street shops and maybe some kind of newsagent but all in all a decent few hours out if its a rainy day!
It is a designer outlet where you can find the following brands: Karen Millen, Armani, Ted Baker, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren
really great place for bargains! if you go on the right day! i've had clarks shoes for a fiver! including childerns shoes!
my fav store is the shoe studio, fab branded shoes at a fraction of the full price. its also good for mens shoes, my partner had 2 pairs of bertie leather flip flops for a tenner and some other trainers and shoes between £5 to £10.00 including shoes by fly and kenneth cole on different visits of course, not saying all the pairs i've brought!
also worth a look is the next outlet there! theres no changing rooms, so to avoid all the travel with returns i tend to buy, then try on in another shop!
the kids play area is good place to leave the men an kids while i shop and have a good look around in the next store as it can get really jumbled in there and i'd hate to miss a bargain!
another fav haunt is the ted baker store, had many a bargain off their sample rail and the discontinued rail, which is 50% of last price!
its a nice all rounder for everyone in the family, somedays i go and there's nothing and other times i need help to carry bags to the car
the food court has improved, pret is always good and theres a new pizza express which though pricey is tasty food, though portions i find on the tight side for the price they charge!
upstairs toilets are always clean, the new hand driers are good as it dries your hands really fast! never out of toilet paper, lots of stalls so never long to wait or queues. though the sink area can get really wet, and if you have shopping bags like i do, fiddley to find dry spot to put bags down and then pick up the bags with wet hands and walk across to hand driers. never really use the downstairs toilets near gap.
they often have entertainment on for the kids during holidays or weekends like t-shirt painting, some kind of art an craft, which is nice and a real god send, for when your poor child is that frustrated with bordom and the thought of going into another shoe shop will push them into a full scale tantrum! gives them something to look forward to, but the queues can get really long and its not always that organise, so people that have been stood waiting can get over looked and some push in without realising.
Well accessed and sign posts and easily seen from the car because it has loads of flags sticking up to help you find it!!
There are plenty of carparks around the many entrances.
There are so many discounted shops and often the customer services give you an extra discount card for more bargains. Warning you will want to spend lots!
All set inside a warm roofed shopping centre, The shops are on 2 levels accessed by moving staircases and elevators. On the first floor is a market arrangemant of resteraunts with many choices of different types of food.
You can find a timberland outlet here and many other well named items. There really is something for all the family here. We got a good buy with a samsonite suitcase here to start our hols off
compared to the McArthur Glens Outlet in cheshire oaks (ellesmere port, merseyside) This outlet doesnt have as much stores. this one reaching just over 120 whereas, cheshire oaks having over 140.
this also has A to Z (adidas to Zavvi.)
the york outlet is not as good as the one in cheshire oaks. as the closing times are slightly earlier. meaning less time to shop. this outlet closes monday to friday at 6pm expect for thursday which is at 8. and im not too sure on the rest.
however before setting off. you should check out the website and sign up for VIP offers. this just gives u even more cheaper prices then u would already get. it allows you to sign up for 3 of the mcarthur glens outlets. go on any of the outlets websites for more detail.
When i have been to York i have been to York Designer Outlet as it is pretty much the same as the one in Livingston which is not too far from where i live.
There are plenty of shops to look in such as Marks and Spencers, Nike, Body Shop, Zavvi and many many more and with such great prices too you usually come away with a couple of armfuls of bags.
When i next visit York again it is a place i would like to visit again as i am a bit of a shopaholic and York Designer Outlet is like a shoppers paradise and i feel like i am in heaven when i visit there and its also great retail therapy.
Best thing about this place is the food court, although i havent been for a while and have been told that some of the food outlets have changed hands, but you have your usual, Mcdonalds, Fish and Chips stand, a coffee bar, jacket potatos stand and a lovely lovely chinese section. Always seem to have plenty of seats and the tables are cleared and wiped very wuickly, hygiene is very good. Tolilets are situated on same level and they also meet good hygiene standards.
I came across this place by accident, we were originally only headed here for the park and ride and didnn't realise this outlet was here!
I really loved shopping here, it's much better than a similar outlet we have nearby so it was a pleasant change. We liked it so much we made 2 visits here! There's lots of designer brands here and so many shops that there's something for everyone. There's also lots of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee.
Outside there was a big kid's play area which I'm sure the kids love whilst parents rest their aching feet after a nice shopping trip!
I do like that the ice rink is here now, and The Works at the Designer Outlet generally has better stuff in it than the one in town. The McDonalds is friendly, the chip shop next to it cooks everything in lard so I couldn't try any of it, but my bf said it was nice. I think the highlights of any trip here are the Next Sale Shop and Clarks.
Overall, though, it's hard to rate because there's such a mix of shops. It'd be improved if it had more shops that were for the under-40's. I'm not sure why the designer outlet is classed as one place for reviewing here. It totally depends on what you want to buy as to whether it'll be any good or not.
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