best shopping centres uk





What girl doesn’t love to shop? Whether you’re shopping for something specific or just for fun, retail therapy can often be the answer to give any lady that sense of fulfilment. I’ve hand picked some of the best shopping centres in the UK, which I’ve personally been to myself and have loved. Be sure to share your favourite shopping centres with me in the comments.

Hey! I’m Jasmin and along with my husband, we are an Aussie couple living and working in the UK. In our spare time, we love to travel and discover this country we now get to call home!

Trafford Centre / Intu Trafford Centre

If you’re new to Manchester or planning a visit, then I suggest the Trafford Centre be on the top of your list. Located in Stretford, Greater Manchester and known for its luxurious marble interior, The Trafford Centre is the most iconic retail and leisure centre in Manchester/UK.

From designer wear, homeware, books and electronics, this complex is a must. In addition, you’ll also find the Odeon cinema and bowling, as well as legoland, so it’s perfect for a family day out. The centre also boasts a large food court, with endless options from around the world.

Getting there is easy either by car or why not take the tram, using Manchester’s Metrolink network.

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The Lowry Outlet

The Lowry Outlet Shopping Centre, is a reasonable size complex located in the heart of Media City. While it may be smaller than the popular Trafford or Westfield centre’s, it’s still worth a visit. Having lived walking distance to the Lowry Outlet in the past, this was often a place I wandered around and grabbed many bargains. Here you’ll find stores such as Next, Gap, Clarks and Bodyshop. There are also homeware stores and on the top floor you’ll find a good size food court and ample seating. In addition, there are also a number of restaurants near on the ground floor/just outside of the main entrance.

From Manchester Piccadilly, the Lowry Outlet is easy to get to via the Metrolink/Trams. Simply take the tram to either Media City (this will be the last stop), or Eccles (via Media City).

You can of course, choose to drive as the centre does have a good size car park.

While you’re here, be sure to take a walk around the quays. If you visit during the summer/warmer months, you can often see locals out on their canoes/kayaks.

Manchester Arndale

Whether you’re looking for a place to shop for clothing or meet a friend for coffee, Manchester Arndale has a lot to offer. The large, glass fronted mall includes the latest high street fashion, homeware and electronics. It’s the perfect place to wander, especially on a rainy day, do some window shopping or have a brew. No matter how busy it is, the centre provides a good amount of space. In addition, it is also clean, bright and airy.

There is also a good selection of food places with various restaurants and cafes in the mall.

Some would say that Manchester City Centre, wouldn’t be Manchester, with the Arndale complex.

The centre is easily accessible by tram and/or train. There are also car parks all over the city centre, but be mindful as it can be challenging to find a park, as well as work out to be very expensive.

best shopping centres in UK

Westfield London

Located in White City, West London, this large shopping centre is by far the city’s most popular and most visited complex. Be sure to come with a large wallet of cash or credit, because you’ll certainly need it. Otherwise, it’s also the perfect place to window shop, but hey, where’s the fun in that. With every shop practically under one roof, it makes sense to visit Westfield London. It has an amazing selection of shops ranging from high end stores to more affordable ones.

best shopping centres in uk

Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham

If you’re in search of an interesting shopping complex, with interesting artwork and sculptures, then be sure to check out the Bullring in Birmingham.

You’ll find everything you need under one roof with a huge variety of luxury shops. You’ll also find a multi level carpark. The centre is also easily accessible via train.

best shopping centre in UK