I recently had the opportunity to take a trip to the Trafford Centre in Manchester, and of course I jumped at the opportunity as I had always heard so many amazing things about it, and which girl doesn’t love a day trip to shop?!
Me and my boyfriend were taking a little trip up at the weekend to see my Grandma. She lives in Stoke-on-Trent which is really up North from where I live, it took about 4 hours to get there, and I drove too, which I was a bit nervous about doing, but it worked out real well. As my Grandma lives about an hour away from Manchester, we jumped at the chance to take a trip to the Trafford Centre. I was so excited as this was the furthest North I had ever been and I have always wanted to go to Manchester.
The drive there from Stoke was alright, mainly motorways which is fine, when we came off the motorway it was a bit more confusing (If you’re thinking of driving there) There were so many different lanes going to different parking places, we just kind of followed one road which lead us up to the upper floor and outside Selfridges. I was so worried about parking, as I am the worlds worst parker ever. But (as I researched before I went as I was super worried) there are about 11,500 spaces, and we got their as it opened so I basically had the whole upper parking to choose from. I really suggest getting their for when it opens if you’re worried about the parking, as when we came out, which was about 4pm, the car park was packed and cars were everywhere.
The main thing that impressed me with the Trafford Centre when I first walked in was the building, and the design of the centre. It is set out on two floors, and it’s kind of in an up and down layout, which I actually really liked, as sometimes I go to Bluewater in Kent and get totally lost and can’t find the shops I actually want. Then they had a food court in the middle, which was just amazing.
If you’ve ever been to Vegas, you’l know what I mean when I say it reminded me of the Miracle Mile Mall. In the food hall all the restaurants looked like the outside of buildings, and the ceiling looked like the sky. It was just so so pretty and I loved that it reminded me of Vegas. There were loads of different places to eat which you can choose from, they even had their own mini China Town which was really cool.
The shopping itself is also great. It has all the kind of main high street shops, which everyone loves, and it also has the higher end shops too which I thought make it that bit more special. I loved the fact that they had a Selfridges, as you all know the main Selfridge store is in London and is so humungous. It’s a great idea that they have put a snippet of it in the Trafford Centre as Manchester is a long way from London so not everyone would be able to get there.
The only thing I was a little disappointed with is that there wasn’t a Primark. I read on the website that there was a Primark shop so I was kind of looking for it everywhere, when I found out that it meant the small section that was inside the Selfridges.
Apart from that, I loved the Trafford Centre. If you love shopping, eating and pretty buildings you will love it there. I highly suggest visiting it if you are ever in the area. We were quite lucky my Grandma only lives about an hour away otherwise I probably would have never had a chance to go. I would love to go in the main city of Manchester next time and be a proper tourist.
Have you been?
Love always, G x