Best shopping centres to go to in the UK

Best shopping centres to go to in the UK

England has plenty of extravagant shopping centres, full of high street and high-end stores. These centres are perfect for those in the mood for a shopping spree or an evening at a restaurant. The best shopping centres have restaurants, bars, entertainment facilities, parks and shops all in one location.

Here are the best shopping centres UK has to offer.

Intu Trafford Centre

Address: The Trafford Centre, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA.

Manchester’s Trafford Centre is the third-largest shopping centre in the UK, the largest in the North-West and has over 280 shops including the Couture Club flagship store. It hosts huge department stores over 3 floors, like John Lewis and Selfridges and

In the centre is Europe’s largest food court, The Orient, and based around this is four key areas Barton Square, The Dome, Regent Crescent and Peel Avenue each with key shops.

The Trafford Centre also contains Legoland, Laser Quest, Adventure Golf and Sea Life. After morning shopping, you can take the family to these hit attractions!

Check out UK’s busiest cinema if you’re feeling brave or take a leisurely mooch around the hundreds of shops.

Fashion Shops in the Trafford Centre

Being the largest shopping centre in the North West, in the mecca of fashion of Manchester, there is no shortage of shops to buy womenswear, menswear, fashion accessories, jewellery, lingerie and more. Fashion Shops available include:

Accessorize, Aldo, AllSaints, Ann Summers, BOSS, Boux Avenue, Breitling, Burton, Calvin Klein Jeans, Claire’s Accessories, Clarks, Dorothy Perkins, Dune London, Fat Face, Footasylum, Foot Locker, Forever Unique, H&M, Hollister, Jack & Jones, JD Sports, Kids Cavern, Kurt Geiger, Lacoste, Levi’s, Lipsy, Lovisa, Luke 1977, Luxottica, Mamas & Papas, M&S, Michael Kors, Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Moss Bros, New Look, Next, Office, Omega Watches, Police Lifestyle, Primark, Pull&Bear, Quiz, Reiss, River Island, Russell & Bromley, Schuh, Scotts, Selfridges & Co, Skechers, Sole, Stradivarius, Superdry, Ted Baker, Tessuti, The North Face, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Topman, Topshop, Vans, Victoria’s Secret and ZARA.

Intu Trafford Centre external
Intu Trafford Centre

Liverpool ONE

This shopping centre is located in the heart of Liverpool and has an open-air roof. Say goodbye to sweaty shoppers and hello to an easy-breezy shopping experience. Liverpool One contains six different districts, each with different tastes. For example, Peter’s Lane has more luxurious stores while Paradise Street focuses on technology and food.

Surprisingly only the 10th biggest in the UK, Liverpool ONE has a 14 screen Odeon Cinema and 36 hole mini golf course.

Fashion shops

Shops on Peter’s Lane include; Ted Baker, Fat Face, Karen Millen, Radley, Ghost, Jigsaw, Cafe Nero, Dune, Topshop, Tie Rack and Lollipops Paris. Masterplan, AllSaints, Ann Summers, Disney Store, Gap, Hollister Co., Mango, Monsoon, Pull and Bear, Republic, SportsDirect.com, Nike, JD Sports, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, USC and Zara.

Westfield London

Take a train to London and visit Shepherds Bush for the ultimate London shopping experience. This five-floor shopping centre features a glass roof, elegant lighting and hundreds of shops. There is even a separate section, named The Village, for the most luxurious of stores.

There is also an entire floor for food – so you can stop and grab a snack halfway through your shopping spree!

Retail Shops

The mall contains Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Next, Primark, AllSaints, Bershka, Coast, Cotton On, Dorothy Perkins, Dwell, Ernest Jones, Hackett, Hollister Co., House of Fraser, H.Samuel, Jaeger, Kurt Geiger, Mamas & Papas, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Next, Nomination, Oakley, Reiss, River Island, schuh, Topshop, Uniqlo, Zara, Burberry, De Beers, Georg Jensen, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Myla, Tiffany & Co and Versace.

Westquay in Southampton

Westquay offers over 125 shops, including a showcase cinema and Hollywood bowl. This is the largest Marland’s shopping centre, and it’s located near the docks. Visit superstores like M&S, John Lewis and Next for ladieswear, menswear, childrenswear and even homeware.

Westquay has undergone some major construction in the last few years. It now uses geothermal energy to power its heating, and the food terrace was redeveloped with some new restaurants.

The Handmade Burger Company
The Handmade Burger Company in Meadowhall and Westquay

Meadowhall

Head to Sheffield for the indoor shopping mall, Meadow Hall. There are fifty places to eat and drink and over 12,000 free parking spaces. What’s not to like?

There is also a cinema with eleven screens so you can catch the latest movie release after a day of shopping.

Shopping centres are a brilliant day out for you and the kids. Make the most out of the wide array of shops available and enjoy some international cuisines in the food court. You can always opt for the entertainment facilities if shopping isn’t your thing, or the kids get bored. There is something for everyone in the UK’s shopping centres.

What Clothing shops are in the Shopping Centres?

Each shopping centre has all of the big names like Footasylum and JD sports.

What are the biggest shopping Centres in the UK?

The biggest in the UK is Westfield in London’s Shepherd’s Bush at just under 236 square km’s retail store place, which is the equivalent of nearly 22’000 football pitches. For perspective there are only 40,000 association football clubs, so it could host every club playing simultaneously.

But Westfield doesn’t even make the top 50 internationally, and is a third of the World’s biggest 659km2 of the South China Mall in Dongguan.

Ireland’s biggest is Dundrum, South Dublin at 140,000 m2 which would put it 12th on the list below.

Here is a list of the biggest in the UK:

Rank Shopping Centre City/Town Area (m2)
1 Westfield London Shepherd’s Bush, London 235,900
2 Metrocentre Gateshead, Tyne and Wear 192,900
3 Trafford Centre Trafford, Greater Manchester 188,000
4 Westfield Stratford City Stratford, London 184,100
5 Bluewater Greenhithe, Kent 169,200
6 Bullring Estate Birmingham 163,000
7 St James Quarter New Town, Edinburgh 158,000
8 Manchester Arndale Manchester 155,200
9 Merry Hill Dudley, West Midlands 155,200
10 Liverpool One Liverpool 154,000
11 Lakeside Shopping Centre Thurrock, Essex 149,800
12 Meadowhall Sheffield 130,000
13 St. David’s Cardiff 129,200
14 Eldon Square Newcastle 128,700
15 Derbion Derby, Derbyshire 121,000
16 Central Milton Keynes & thecentre:mk Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 120,773
17 East Kilbride Shopping Centre East Kilbride, Lanarkshire 111,484
18 Cabot Circus Bristol 110,100
19 atria Watford Watford, Hertfordshire 107,000
20 Braehead Renfrew, Renfrewshire 104,300
21 Kingfisher Redditch, Worcestershire 102,000
22 Festival Place Basingstoke, Hampshire 102,000
23 Silverburn Centre Pollok, Glasgow 100,500
24 Highcross Leicester 100,400
25 Telford Shopping Centre Telford, Shropshire 100,000
26 The Mall at Cribbs Causeway Patchway, South Gloucestershire 100,000
27 Westquay Southampton, Hampshire 93,500
28 Royal Victoria Place Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent 93,200
29 Trinity Leeds Leeds 93,000
30 The Centre Livingston, West Lothian 92,900
31 Victoria Centre Nottingham 90,700
32 Brent Cross Hendon, London 85,200
33 The Mall Luton Luton, Bedfordshire 84,000
34 White Rose Centre Leeds 82,320
35 Queensgate Peterborough 81,000
36 Cwmbran Centre Cwmbran, Torfaen 79,000
37 Eden High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire 79,000
38 St Enoch Centre Glasgow 77,000
39 Whitgift Centre Croydon 74,100
40 Frenchgate Centre Doncaster, South Yorkshire 74,000
41 Victoria Square Belfast 75,000
42 Westgate Oxford Oxford, Oxfordshire 74,322
43 The Merrion Centre Leeds 74,300
44 The Oracle Reading, Berkshire 71,800
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