280 shops, 35 restaurants and even a cinema, it's like a whole town
under one roof.
Thousands upon thousands of people love it, travelling from all
over the North of England. One group of shoppers even flew in from
Last Christmas, The Trafford Centre even opened on Boxing Day. From
BBC News: Shoppers
flood to early sales
To some it's a cathedral of the consumer. With its free parking,
weather-free walkways, smooth marble floors and dozens of designer
outlets, it's a shoppers' heaven.
To others, it's a vision of hell. They despise its fake palms,
neo-classical pillars, and vast presence of Manchester's retail
horizon. And it snarls up the traffic on the M60.
Trafford Centre - Love it or hate it? Do
you get a buzz out of shopping? Is it spiritually uplifting? Or
does retail therapy leave you feeling empty?
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John Email in Sale Manchester
Trafford Centre is a great place to go shopping it has a selection
of different shops. The only down thing about the Trafford Centre
is overcrowded especially on school holidays and saturdays full of
young annoying kids, but thats not expected all in all its great.
- jane in Australia
LOV'It everything thing about it,clean all great designer labels and
i am from sydney Australia and can defintelty say it is the best shopping
centre in the world!I love England i stayed there for 4 months and
sadly i had to come home but i had the best time in england! thankyou
POMS U ROCK!
Rebecca in Burnage
The Trafford Centre is a ghastly place. It is full of tedious show-offs.
One gets so irritated! It doesn't stay open very late, is badly designed
and everything is too expensive. The only thing I ever take home is
Calvin in Swinton Manchester
A illogical design. Confusing and stressing. Its wonderful though..
So many shops so little time.
V from Lowton
I used to work near the Trafford Centre and the traffic caused by
this shopping centre was a nightmare. However I enjoy visiting the
Trafford Centre, the free parking whilst I shop, visit the cinema
or whatever is great. Local towns affected by the Trafford Centre
should think twice before they charge extortionate fees for parking.
Wigan Council charge heavy fees. When shopping at the centre I can
choose what I do and not have to worry about how long I am staying
and whether my parking fee has run out. All in all it is a very good
centre and I hope it stays that way.
Shelly in A-in-M/Wigan/UK
Scott Perez, you should be ashamed of yourself. I live in between
Liverpool and Manchester so I am nuetral. On a recent charity event
we raised vurtually all our money in Liverpool and almost non in Manchester.
Salford is full of smack heads and car theives, I'd rather go to Liverpool
any day. the centre isn't OTT, the Mall America in Minneaplois is
the same distance round again, another two floors on top and has a
theme park in the middle, now thats a shpooing centre!
LOU in Davyhulme MANCHESTER
d Trafford Centre is d bst it is easy 2 get 2 coz i only live in Davyhulme.
d shops are great and d cinema is even better. d tc iz always clean
and tidy and d gud thing bout it iz u r not aloud 2 smoke like at
Julie N Stephin in Eccles
I think the trafford centre is one of the best shopping malls around
here. Where else can u go 4 a good shop? Eccles, Bolton, Manchester?
Dont think so. Trafford has everyrthing all under 1 roof.
rania in manchester
the trafford centre is good for shopping cz there are many designer
shops but the thing i hate about it is working on SUNDAYS - its jam
lewis hayes in wigan manchester england
it is a world of dreams and is the best one out of lakeside in essex
and lakeside in kent and the worst of trafford center is the is no
Simon Parson in Wigan
Ithink it will depend what time of day you go if children were at
school and people at work the trafford centre would be quite quiet.
But from 5.30 and at weekends and school holidays the trafford centre
can be maham and very cahotic with children messing about and people
rushing because of there busy lifestyle, the ques can be massive and
also the motorways can be mayhem
THERESA in WOLVERHAMPTON
I THINK THAT TRAFFORD CENTRE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOPPING CENTRES
AND ONE OF THE CLEANEST THAT I'VE EVER BEEN. IT'S MASSIVE AND IT'S
GOT ALL THE KIND OF SHOPS THERE. ITS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.
Clur in Manchester
go get a life guys!!!its only a shoppin centre!!
Charlotte in Sale, Manchester
I think the traffod centre is teh best thing ever i got at least 3
times a week either with my mates shopping or cinema. I love going
there becasue itsall you could ever want in one place, even a sunbed.
So all you peopel who disagree live life a bit more!!!!!
I have to admit its convenient, easy to get to if you drive, open
late free parking clean and dry, But there is absolutley no atmosphere
its so sterile and contrived, and its so busy at weekends and christmas
that I refuse to go there unless its midweek. I much prefer Manchester
City Centre for shopping eating and going out, and I would reccommend
that anyone willing to travel that far should avoid the TC and head
straight for town.
Howard Bell, washington,d.c
i think that trafford centre is a beautiful place to be i have just
stayed for two weeks in my aunties apartment i have visited the trafford
centre i can honestly say there are no malls in washington that can
compare to this one.
the trafford centre sucks its rubbish
Trafford centre is a top place to be its just wicked.
Anton Schultz in Chorlton
I hate the place, although out of town shopping centres may be
great for the wealthy to spend their money, they are only accessible
by car or bus (a bad thing considering many of us don't have cars
and their effect on air polution, road safety, global warming etc..).
They are also bad for our communities as they make it difficult for
local shops to compete, forcing us towards a more divided, unfair
society. We should support our local shops, and get up and try walking
for a change. Rows and rows of similar shops selling similar clothes,
neon lights and traffic Jams. My idea of hell.
TRAFFORD IS TOP. CHEAP N A FUN PLACE 2 GO
Georgina in Mexico, City
I love it when I was there in September. The nautic shop is just
great, I wish I could bring home many things from there. My daughter
and my son in law work there. I shopped really comfortable.
LAF in blackburn
Who ever doesnt like the Trafford Centre are just pure sad!!!The
smell must be lingering around you seeing as ur the only ones who
can smell it
Kaz in Eccles
It kills my feet, it gives me a headache, it stresses me out, it's
too warm, too noisy, shops are too expensive, too busy at weekends,
it's too far to walk, would love a Primark in there or a Woollies,
the food is crap in the Orient.....but I still go every Thursday!!!!
john in manchester
Hell on Earth-nothing would get me to go again.
Tom Hall in Brooklands
i love the trafford centre, it makes my life complete
David in Salford
The building is a hideous monstrosity - were the architects on drugs?
It pretends to be something is most certainly is not - a neo-classical
building. It is simply a shed by a sewage works. Manchester city centre
is infinitely preferable, even if just for the fresh air and wonderful
I think you should all get a life, its only shopping!
TRAFFORD CENTRE IS GD
Jenni in wilmslow, cheshire
the trafford centre is bad. I always come out of there with my feet
killing, theres something up with the floor! Like the shops are good,
but it aint a patch on manchester town!
Scott Perez in salford
The Trafford Centre is quality, bringing many welcomed jobs to
the north west. Only problem is that its full of Scousers.
Gillian Hilton, Davyhulme, M/cr
I live in Davyhulme, and the Trafford centre traffic HAS made normal
shopping on a saturday very difficult. I do love the centre itself
though, but I do walk there - as the car journey is a nightmare. Maybe
a motorway junction of its own would help - not to mention drivers
actually getting in their correct lane's right away - and not carving
everyone up in the process. Apart from that - LOVE IT!
I LOVE THE TRAFFORD CENTRE!!!!!! AS LONG AS YOU HAVE MONEY TO SPEND,
ITS A GREAT PLACE TO GO!!!! DESIGNER SHOPS, CAFE'S, RESTAURANTS, PUBS,
CINEMA AND EVEN A FUN FAIR FOR THE KIDS!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING UNDER ONE
BIG ROOF!!! FREE PARKING TOO!! ITS BRILLIANT!!!
Chris Williams, Norwich
I used to live in Davyhulme which is the other side of the M60 to
the Trafford centre. I now live in Norfolk. What the hell are you
people moaning for, you do not know how much you miss a place like
the trafford centre until you move away. Where i live now shopping
is rubbish, Manchester people dont realise how lucky they are having
such a wonderfull facility on your door step! The Trafford Centre
and re-development of the city centre has helped peoples opinons change
and realise that Manchester is not the dirty disgusting city which
southerners think it is, but a modern city full of life and the best
people on earth! In my opinion Manchester is one hundred times better
than London! and its time people realised it. No wonder manchester
got its bad name because people dont want to change. I lone manchester
and im moving back in the summer, thank god!!!!!!
It demonstrates how much we needed to create a cathedral to the modern
god of consumerism.
Steve in Westhoughton
Free parking thats the reason its a winner. I will not shop in Bolton
town centre anymore with the councils o.t.t. parking fees. The Trafford
centre is worth the journey for my family, and I have never been stuck
in a traffic jam going, no more that I do going anywere else around
our moterway network these days.
Ben Jenkins, Birmingham
Its a nice looking shopping centre, very simular in size and look
to the Merry Hill centre. Although it will take people out of the
city, which is not a good thing. They should have built it on a smaller
scale in manchester city, just like there doing in Birmingham with
jenna bainbrdge, cumbria
i think that the trafford centre is a brillant place to go shopping
but because i live awhile away i cant just go all the time so when
i go i make the most of all the shops. I think that there is alot
of choice and it is easy to get around the only problem is that the
shops are quite small it depends where abouts they are but alot seem
to be crowed on a weekend and hard to get in. But over all Trafford
centre is a great day out shoppong.
David Martin in Manchester
It's certainly an amazing place, yet another thing putting Manchester
on the map. Better still the competition has given the city centre
a much-needed kick up the jacksy, clearly evident from changes there
since TC opened. Maybe the council will provide some free parking
in the CC before long?
Louise Mowat in Australia
I used to live in Urmston until 2000. I loved the Trafford Centre
with all it's wonderful facilities and to be truthful it did me no
end of good when it came to selling the house! I would love to have
a wonderful facility like the Trafford Centre in Victoria, Australia.
Enjoy your shopping!
Paul in Tampa, Florida
I live in florida, but I did live on the Wimpy estate next to the
TC until 2001 and regularly used the TC.Yes it gets busy and yes the
roads get congested but no one can convince me that it is worse than
the poor quality shops you get in the local town centers such as Urmston,
Stretford or Altrincham.Furthermore take a good look at good old Manchester
city center, a Victorian dustbin, as a mancunian I would be ashamed
to use what was once a proud victorian center fallen into ruin as
an example of all things good it certainly is not a good advert for
the area. There are no Malls that I have found here in the USA that
can compete on size although the concept of under one roof shopping
I believe is american. Unfortunately as an expat I find people in
britain can be small minded and afraid of change. Wake up the world
has changed and stop bleating and get on with your lifes.
Mark in Worsley,
Why is everyone against the Trafford Centre?? C'mon I live nearby
(Worsley, previously Eccles)and the traffic is not that bad. I have
never been really stuck for a parking space, even at the weekend.
The Trafford Centre has proved much more a pleasant shopping experience
than Manchester city centre.
Steve Bates in Manchester
The Trafford Centre is positioned badly, right on an already overcrowded
M60. It needs the metrolink extended to it's door, as the bus from
Stretford takes forever as it still has to sit in the traffic caused
by the car drivers trying to get in. It is though a fantastic building,
much care seems to have been taken in the interior design, just look
up at the shop no.s etc. Why does it think people want to shop until
10pm. Some people must be very sad if they still can't stop shopping
when people are starting to go to bed. But to sum up, it has done
wonders for Manchester and is ideal on a wet cold winters day, but
I am sorry, until they sort the major traffic problems and improve
public transport, I'm afraid you cannot beet going into Manchester
City Centre to shop, if only to window shop & look round at the great
architecture that is Manchester.
Dave S In Manchester
The Trafford Centre to me means nothing but it does impact my life
in a big way, i`ll explain. I have been married now for 7 months.
Life for me has been great. No arguments, no stress and no one hassling
me about tidying up the house.........When my wife finally leaves
the Trafford Centre i`m sure it`ll all start though !!!!!!!!
Dave in Roe Green, Worsley
Awful.... Whoever designed the trafford centre needs to look at exactly
what they have created. It is nothing but the Arndale centre moved
to dumplington, nothing special design is cheap and relates to nothing
about manchester. Who really wants to be American anyway, there is
not one little reference to it even being in Manchester. The only
thing it does achieve is traffic conjestion at the weekend and an
unsightly blot on the landscape. I would prefer t to be replaced bya
couple of pallate factories any day. If you want to shop, go to your
local village / town centre not this hideous, claustrophobic, capitalistic
mind washing corridor they think was a good idea? just what good has
it done for Mancheter, apart from helping you not get your hair wet.
Has anyone ever heard of an umbrella? get outside and feel the rain
on your face and someone knock it down.
Keasha in Moss Side
like the trafford centre i dont no y there r 2 maccy d's i like
the bus shellter but i think the buses should run longer than 6 or
7 there should be more cloths and jewerly shops
vanessa, sale, manchester
i think it is the best multicomplex shopping centre in europe there
is everything for any type of person.
Michael Walne, Ashton-under-Lyne
I would not like to go to the trafford Centre. Without prejudice to
the trafford centre it is built more like Church, and taking away
business from all over the origanal Town Centres.
Iz in Manchester
it's too busy when i have time to go. whoever placed it there
should be shot! - was obviously going to cause major traffic congestion.
free parking is worth nothing if you have to queue for ages to get
in/out. it's much easier, quicker and cheaper to go to manchester
or stockport by local transport.
Carolyn Harris in Houston, Texas, USA
I'm originally from Manchester, now living in Houston, Texas. In June
2002 my two young daughters and I visited my parents in Manchester
and my brother took us to the Trafford Center. We were told the design
was based on American malls, but we haven't seen any like that here!
We loved it, especially the eating area with the big TV. Of course,
we don't live there and don't have to worry about the traffic, etc.,
and we also went mid-week. But for us it was different and we enjoyed
John in Stretford
good but the traffic problems on the surrounding roads need addressing
also a metrolink/rail access would be a good idea.
D. Johnson Nr. Stockport
Two hours and twenty five minutes stationary trying to leave a car
park is not compensated by the convenience of many shops in one location.
Local shopping is much more fun and quicker, more convenient and environmentally
lisa in salford
the trafford centre is an OTT building that looks awful , has
awful shops and is filled with people who seem to think that labels
equal style. Although the arndale isn't the most glamorous of places,
I'd rather go there than the trafford centre
Sheri in Australia
We are English and live in eastern Australia and when in England
we like to visit the Trafford Centre we think it is excellant. People
here in Australia can't believe the facilities all under one roof
- like they say " if you don't like - don't go
Cilson in Brazil
I have lived in Manchester for one year. I always went to the Trafford
Centre. I think the Trafford Centre is a beautiful place, the stores,
the cinema, the restaurant area, the decoration, the people ... If
you want to buy anything, go to Trafford Centre, if you want just
to go out, go to the Trafford Centre.
MacMummy in Shetland Isles
Its a shopping centre! no need to bust a nut over it!
Ian A in Chorlton, Manchester
I think the Trafford Centre is a nice building and its good that it
is out of town and hopefully the free parking reduces traffic in Manchester
city centre. I find the shops to expensive so I tend to shop in Stockport
or Manchester mainly but I do like to go the Trafford Centre for a
change. As for the closed down shops from what I can tell the Trafford
Centre has been good for the local economy - just think how many jobs
it creates. Also people travel from all over the country to visit
the Trafford Centre this extra money which Greater Manchester wound't
normally get. I also like the no smoking rule as people seem to stick
to it. In the Arndale in Manchester people still smoke even though
that is now a smoking free zone. I think the Trafford Centre has changed
shopping in the North West for good. Well Done!
Michael in Wigan
We have lived in the UK for 4 years & often went to the Trafford Centre,
whether to shop, have a meal or go to a movie. Unfortunately we no
longer feel safe going there in the evenings as it is crowded by groups
of young teenage kids with nothing better to do than cause trouble.
Our last visit (probably a year ago now), we tried to get out of the
doors whilst police & guards tried to stop fighting kids trying to
get into the centre. We now stay away completely.
Clare in Stockport
You can't knock the free parking part - you can spend the whole day
shopping then go to one of the pubs, restauruants or the cinema at
night, and you don't have to worry about parking tickets from the
council or a hefty fee from NCP!! Stockport is more convenient for
me, but if I'm buying something special it's got to be the Trafford
Centre EXCEPT AT WEEKENDS...
I agree with Stuart Hall, Salford. I too say "... if you do not like
the Trafford Centre - THEN DON'T GO." In fact, I urge everyone to
start shopping locally; that is if your local shopping centre hasn't
already closed due to the swarms of 'shoppers' who insist on driving
to 'Dumplington - next to Eccles Sewage Works'. Vote with your feet
and say 'NO' to the Tragic Centre. Ian, Didsbury.
Stuart Hall, Salford
I cannot get my head around all these comments, if you do not like
the Trafford Centre - THEN DON'T GO. I think the centre is fantasic
for shopping and entertainment, you can have a drink, meal and then
enjoy a film or shop. Well done the Trafford Centre.
David Titheridge, Manchester
Why should a shopping centre be allowed to close down the orbital
M60 Motorway, often at peak times, if a member of the public blocked
the motorway, they would be swiftly dealt with by the relevant powers,
however it is routinely accepted that the Trafford Centre will cause
the network to grind to a halt and nothing is done about it. The place
should not have been granted planning permission without the tram
line being extended to it. Parking charges should apply like the rest
of Gtr Manchester.
I've only been once since it opened. Yes its popular and has free
parking but the access roads and the motorway are always blocked.
Local towns have also suffered. Many shops are now boarded up and
the council think its fair to charge for parking. NO WONDER TRAFFORD
COUNCIL WENT FROM HERO TO ZERO.
Andrew Clarke, Manchester
The local area around the Trafford Centre becomes one huge traffic
jam at sales time or busy weekend shopping. The whole access mess
should be sorted out soon. The present system is utterly useless with
three mile tailbacks on the motorway and the local roads blocked.
Having the centre on your door step is fine in principle until you
actually want to get anywhere. As more people use the roads for Utd
and City Matches, Cricket, Rush hour and shopping, the whole of south
manchester is becoming gridlocked.
Again Its Another Out of town shopping center with one problem, no
adequate access, i know its next to the motor way but still if you
go down there on a saturday or sunday you can que for miles which
must affect other businesses in the trafford area, all in all its
a great place for bargains it just needs to try some traffic calming
I THINK TRAFFORD CENTER IS GOOD FOR BARGAINS BUT NOT NEAR CHRISTMAS
OR IN THE SALES OR A SUNDAY!
Angela Smith, UK
The Trafford Centre is great for entertainment but the Shopping is
not so great. Small stores, large queues, not only to pay but for
trying on the clothes. Manchester City Centre is far better, it as
The Trafford Centre is my idea of absolute hell. It's stuffy, hot,
noisy, busy and makes the M60 even more of a nightmare than it already
is. I'd rather go into Manchester or Stockport or indeed anywhere
but there. I can't believe that people are so sad as to queue up on
Boxing Day for the doors to open at 7.00am.. And those who travel
from all over the country - it's a shopping centre for gods sake -
get a life!!
I got to agreee! it does stink round that area, and it is always packed
out, BUT NONE THE LESS, Its still better than ur corner shop.
I used to like it, till this awaful smell started appearing, then
i found out it was built near a sewafe works!! rejected land or what!
Anyway its too packed out, you cant shop comfterbly. And yeh Manchester
city centre is way way better, more like home.
Jonathan Walters, Manchester
It is a terrible place, the shops are small, the air conditioning
is suffocating, it is always crowded and it taked forever to get to
because of the traffic jams. Why do people go, I just don't understand.
Give me Manchester city centre anyday - bigger shops, more variety,
fresh air and decent places to eat.
Anne Ring in Lowton, Warrington
It's wonderful, shopping in the warmth and every store you require.
Just need to visit mid-week which fortunately I can do