City Breaks and shopping go hand in hand, it’s a fact. You may want to visit famous tourist attractions in the city, wander around the most known parts and so on but eventually you will need to relax and unwind. There is no better way to do this than by visiting few shops and browsing through their collections.
Top shops in ManchesterManchester is a true city breaks bonanza. Apart from great places to see, free museums, art galleries and much more, the city offers more than you could ask for when it comes to shopping. However, with so much choice it might be quite difficult to choose the best places to visit, hence in this post I will tell you exactly what are the top shops in Manchester.
Manchester is the home to two of the biggest shopping centers in Europe, both easily accessible from the city centre and both practically filled with shops and restaurants, plus more.
1. Trafford Centre
Trafford Centre is by far the biggest shopping centre in Europe. Including over 280 of the top shops in Manchester, spanning 1900000 square foot and welcoming 35 million visitors every year, this is a true gem not to miss on your shopping spree in the city.
Shops in Trafford Centre are opened from 10am to 10pm during the weekdays, on Saturday they close at 8pm and on Sunday you can shop from 12noon till 6pm.
Restaurants in the centre are usually opened from 10am till Midnight (and beyond during weekends), while the ODEON cinema can welcome you from 9.40am till 1am.
The centre is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford and the best way to get there is by Busses, which run from various spots in Greater Manchester Area to a dedicated, on site bus station.
If you want to start from the Piccadilly station, you can jump on the X50 express service, which runs every 15 minutes. For more information on busses and other sourcer of transport to the centre, you can go here 2. Arndale Shopping Centre
Arndale is a large chain of shopping centres in the UK. The one in Manchester is mainly famous for a fatal IRA attack on it in 1996. The bomb planted in the centre was the largest the IRA has ever used in their attacks. Today the centre is fully restored after the attacks and operates normally serving close to 40 million visitors a year.
Arndale features 270 shops and nearly 1500 car spaces for its visitors, making it a perfect spot for family trip by car. However, you can also access it through different ways of transport too.
3. Selfridge and Harvey Nichols
Last but not least are the two classy, boutique style shopping centres in Manchester. These two will certainly satisfy a more demanding visitor, offering top brands. Be aware though that these are the places where you can spend some serious money.