Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, Newcastle upon tyne NE11 9YG
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Monday to Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Some leisure and restaurants open later.
Bank Holiday Opening Hours 10am - 6pm
1A PRUDHOE STREET, South Shields NE29 6QZ
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60 reviews of MetroCentre in English
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.
i always had a huge problem at first getting around the metro centre as i didn’t go there that often but now i happily find my way around with ease.I still prefer town as it’s easier for me to get to but HMV in the metro centre is far superior to the town one and this is my favourite shop.buses run to here all the time from eldon square.a nice alternative to the town.
I grew up visiting the MetroCentre during every holidays and it is still a brilliant place for a day out. There is a massive range of shops, with the price range being just as massive. Whether you want high street shops or independents the MetroCentre has plenty of both. Not only great for shopping there are also loads of restaurants, a large cinema and a few pubs. I recommend trying big lukes (above the cinema), which has a great choice of food - bbq chicken, pizza, chips, rice, noodles, pasta, salad, baked potatos etc. It is all you can eat so you can try everything.
My only complaint is that MetroLand (the indoor themepark) has now closed and is being removed. I am devastated about this as it was a brilliant place for kids and teenagers.
Absolutely huge with almost every shop you can think of! great for all weathers of course and best of all FREE parking!
can get mad in the school holidays or close to xmas, cinema and bowling is also good and there currently building a new cinema in place of what was Metroland…
I would highly recomend the new chinese buffet resteraunt in one of the villages, its the best ive ever been to!
One of the first out of town shopping centres in the UK, the metro centre is showing its age in places, although has recently had a shiny new extension which is a lot lighter and brighter with fewer plastic plants. You can get anything you want/need/can imagine here, from a huge array of shops, all in a nice warm and dry indoor mall and there are also plenty of restaurants, bars, a cinema, an indoor amusement park and so on. There are several large furniture stores, a supermarket and an ikea dotted around the outside of the site.
The metro centre is situated about 4 miles from the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne (you cannot get the Metro here, as i thought when i first visited). The number 100 bus will take you straight there from a number of stops in Newcastle. If traveling by car its just off the A1. Its has lots of shops, cafe’s, bars and a couple of resturants like Nando’s and Chiqito’s. Its also got a Weatherspoons for cheep 2for1’s. There is a Debenhams and House of Fraser along side the usual stores you would find in shopping centre. Not many unusual or designer shops though.
Parking is free and i’ve never been and not found a space to park
The indoor theme park has now been closed but its in the process of building a new cinema, bars etc in its place. I think there keeping the bowling alley though.
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.
Gateshead MetroCentre (located three miles south west of Newcastle Upon Tyne) is Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre.
The centre has over 300 shops including major department stores, independent retailers, speciality stores, licensed restaurants, a Wetherspoons pub, a multi screen cinema, gaming area, bowling alley and central public stage with a range of free live entertainment (check the events page of the website for further information).
The Centre is updating its leisure facilities and by the end of 2009 it will offer a new state of the art Odeon cinema and family entertainment centre with bowling, pool, children's soft play area, dodgems and activity machines; as well as a new family dining area.
The cinema, bowling alley, restaurants and a number of other leisure attractions remain open after the shops close.
Parking is free (over 10,000 car parking spaces).
Regular bus services run from the Metrocentre to just about everywhere in the region.
98 trains per day stop here.
The MetroCentre is located on the National Cycle Network - the Keelmans Way and the Three Rivers Cycle Route (Route 14). The route passes to the north of the Centre.
A new Park and Ride service is currently operating to ease traffic congestion - the site is situated just off the A1 on MetroCentre’s Coach Park and operates Mondays to Fridays (excluding Bank Holidays). Registered users can park at MetroCentre’s Coach Park and ride into Newcastle on Park and Ride minibuses or into Gateshead on Go North East’s articulated X66 CentreLink buses.
A small number of shops have closed and have not been replaced: many of the public toilets have disappeared and the food hall and Metroland are closed while renovations take place - but there is still lots to see and do.
Wear comfortable shoes! The floors are really hard and the place is huge.
Tyne and Wear
MetroCentre Information Line:
0191 4930219 or 0191 4605299
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.
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.
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. *
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.
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.
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