A shopping trip to intu Metrocentre is never just a shopping trip – it’s a day out! There’s so much to see and do there, it’s not a surprise it’s Europe’s largest covered shopping and leisure centre. I only usually make it to the Metrocentre in Gateshead once or twice a year, and it’s more often than not when I’m need of a fancy outfit!
My family and I drove over to Gateshead last weekend in search of wedding outfits (surprise, surprise), and thanks to some forward planning and snap decision-making, we bought our outfits within the first hour of shopping! We had the whole afternoon free to walk round the Metrocentre, and it really made me appreciate how much there is to do there other than shopping til you drop.
Not convinced to make the trip yet? Here are 5 things I love about intu Metrocentre – a fantastic shopping centre here in the North East of England:
Because I drive, I think I often take it for granted how easy it actually is to get to the Metrocentre via public transport! I live in North Tyneside and it only takes between 35 and 40 minutes to get from my house to one of the many car parks on site.
However, if you’re not planning on driving over to Gateshead then don’t worry! If you can get to Newcastle Central Station, there are regular trains departing for the Metrocentre that take drop you off right outside the shopping centre. Immediately next to the Metrocentre is a Public Transport Intercharge, where you’ll find buses coming and going all the time. The Stagecoach 100 bus, the Go North East 10 bus, and the Red Kite 45/46/47 services run very regularly between the centre of Newcastle the Metrocentre, with a Day Rider ticket only setting you back between £3.50 and £3.90!
For more information about travelling to the Metrocentre, check out the NewcastleGateshead website: https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/things-to-do/intu-metrocentre-p122481
Number of Shops
intu Metrocentre is home to more than 300 shops! This includes all your favourite department stores and high-street brands – a true shopper’s paradise. For me, a trip to the Metrocentre is never complete without popping into: Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Hotel Chocolat and of course, the Disney Store! One of the most important reasons to go to the Metrocentre is that they have a Zara! This is great news for all those people who are continuously disappointed by the lack of a Zara shop in Newcastle city centre. It’s one of the few things that my amazing hometown is unfortunately lacking!
The fairly recent addition of the Platinum Mall to the centre has meant that we’ve welcomed a handful of designer brands, including Phase Eight and Tessuti. This is a really stunning part of the Metrocentre, complete with lots of marble pillars and sparkling chandeliers.
One of my favourite zones to walk through in the Metrocentre is The Village and The Forum, where you can find a number of unique, independent retailers. This part of the shopping centre is full of character and you’re guaranteed to find something interesting to buy there!
Variety of Restaurants
Although we all miss MetroLand and its fantastic fairground rides and rollercoaster, the addition of the Qube leisure and dining complex has certainly not been all bad! There are now a huge number of places to eat in the Metrocentre – since the closure of The Flatbread Café many years ago we’ve always eaten at the famous Chinese buffet, but recently we’ve been spoilt for choice!
As well as family favourites such as Bella Italia, Nando’s and Five Guys, intu Metrocentre has welcomed the increasingly popular MOD Pizza shop, Thaikhun Thai Street Food, and Gourmet Burger Kitchen! With 300 shops to have a look round, you’re going to need to make a pit stop at one of these many restaurants for a plate of whatever you fancy.
Odeon iMAX Cinema
After a busy day of shopping and exploring the different malls of the Metrocentre, you definitely deserve to put your feet up for a few hours and watch that film you’ve been meaning to see! This Odeon iMax is really huge, with 12 screens showing all the latest cinema releases.
Over the Easter weekend, the Odeon iMAx in the Metrocentre is screening: Peter Rabbit, Ready Player One (in 2D and 3D), Pacific Rim, The Greatest Showman and many more! Had enough Easter egg chocolate to last you until at least next year? Sit back and relax in this iMax cinema luxury with a big bucket of popcorn.
More information about film showings is available here: https://intu.co.uk/metrocentre/stores/odeon-cinema
Oh You Pretty Little Things Champagne Bar
My favourite new discovery at intu Metrocentre has been the ‘Oh You Pretty Little Things’ Champagne Bar. Set in the middle of the exclusive-looking Platinum Mall, this shiny bar offers tired shoppers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic pick-me-ups! Fancy a Kir Royale with a couple of nibbles before you head home? This is the place to go!
Last weekend, we celebrated the end of a very successful shopping trip with a couple of glasses of fizz and a lovely plate of hummus, tortilla chips and pitta bread. I can’t think of a better way to end a day full of tiring shopping!
For more information about the stores, leisure facilities, bars and restaurants at intu Metrocentre, as well as opening times and travel info, check out the following website: https://intu.co.uk/metrocentre