Advantages Lots of shops, eateries and it is all very new at the moment after the refurbishments
Disadvantages Stil lhas tatty parts, and outclassed by the Trafford Centre
In 1996, Manchester City Centre fell victim to terrorism. The IRA bombed the city centre and left a massive amount of damage. Fortunately no one was killed, and very few were even injured, but the Arndale shopping centre was left a wreck on one side, and the large Marks and Spencer store was destroyed.However, in the aftermath it was decided that the city would become bigger and better than ever, and send a defiant message to the IRA while we were at it. And so we did, the Arndale in Manchester is now far better in every way, and the Marks and Spencer store adjacent to it is Europe’s flagship store.
The Arndale itself is built in the heart of Manchester, and sits proudly along Market Street and Cross Street. It is set on 2 levels, and has a vast array of shops, eateries and so forth to keep you going.Getting To It.
The Arndale does have its own multi-storey car park, and several others nearby, but Manchester is not a god place to park, it is very expensive. I’d recommend the public transport.The Arndale is well serviced by the city’s local tram, train and bus network, and with the city centre being reasonably condensed you will find it easily. The trams run right opposite it, and the buses and trains a mere 5-minute walk. There are of course also plenty of taxis around, but be sure to get an official one as we have had several bogus cabs recently, and some nasty things have happened.
Shopping.Not all Manchester City Centre’s shops are actually within the Arndale, some are on market Street just outside, and basically just opposite the Arndale, so I’m including them anyway, even though not strictly part of it all.
Inside the Arndale there is a mixture of fashion, entertainment and diversity. In fashion terms we have for the ladies :Topshop
(And a few others that I forget because I never shop for women’s clothes)
For entertainment shopping, look no further than the 3 floor HMV, with a smaller sister store down the road, as well as a 3 floor Virgin Megastore. WHSmith offers plenty of choice, and as it was next to the bomb when it exploded has also had a total refit and looks better than ever.MVC adds to the list, and there is an Our Price down the road. Game and ElectronicsBoutique cater well for the gaming freaks amongst us.
For the more diverse taste Manchester has a rather large Gadget Shop, selling all manner of weird and wonderful gizmos. There is also a wonderful shop called Situl’s, which specialises in weird and wonderful items, as well as the more regular models and collectibles (and some “adult” material at the back)Also incorporated is the Manchester Indoor Market, selling everything from food to clothes, perfume to jewellery and the rest. Set over 2 floors the market is surprisingly large and has a range of items to offer.
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