Manchester’s Trafford Centre is the largest shopping centre in North West England and offers more than 1 million square feet of shopping space. Over 200 stores are spread over 2 main shopping levels.
The major tenants are Bhs, Debenhams, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, and Selfridges.
Other stores at the time of writing (July 2014) include:
- Books & Stationery – Waterstones, WHSmith
- Electronics & Computers – Apple Store, Currys PC World
- Entertainment – GAME, HMV
- Fashion –All Saints, Dorothy Perkins, La Senza, New Look, Next, Quiz, TM Lewin, Wallis, Calvin Klein Jeans, Karen Millen, Miss Selfridge
- Health & Beauty – Boots, Superdrug, Body Shop, Holland & Barrett
- Jewellers – Ernest Jones, Goldsmiths, H Samuel, Swarovski
- Miscellaneous – Ann Summers, Thorntons
- Mobile Phones – 3 Store, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Orange, Phones 4u, Vodafone
- Shoes – Schuh, Foot Locker
- Toys – Disney Store, Hamleys
For a complete list of shops at the Trafford Centre visit the official website.
The Barton Square extension opened in 2008 and features a number of stores selling furniture, home furnishings, and household goods. Retailers here include Next Home, Kutchenhaus, Dwell, British Home Stores, Marks & Spencer Home, Betta Living, Laura Ashley, Homesense, and Natuzzi.
Restaurants & Bars
Most of the bars and restaurants at the Trafford Centre are located in The Orient or The Great Hall.
The lower floor of The Orient is home to a 1600-seat food court and fast food restaurants such as Harry Ramsden’s, Burger King, KFC, McDonald’s, Shere Khan Express, Rice Shack, and Subway. Namco Funscape is also here and features a bowling alley, video arcade, dodgems, and pool tables.
Restaurants and bars on the first floor of The Orient include Weatherspoon’s Mardi Gras, Est Est Est, the Exchange Bar and Grill, TGI Fridays, Pesto, Giraffe, Café Rouge, Pizza Express, Tampopo, La Tasca, Yang Sing Cathay, and Wokooshii.
The second floor houses a number of leisure facilities include the Odeon cinema, Laser Quest (laser tag game), The Rock climbing wall, and Paradise Island Adventure Golf (two 18-hole crazy golf courses).
The Great Hall features Costa, Five Guys, Las Iguanas, and Carluccio’s. Just outside is the Coach House pub, Frankie & Benny’s, and the Aerial Extreme high ropes adventure course.
Trafford Quays Leisure Village
The Trafford Quays Leisure Village lies just to the west of the Trafford Centre and is home to a number of sports related attractions.
The Chill Factore is the UK’s longest real snow indoor ski slope. It offers skiing and snowboarding tuition plus lift passes for experienced skiers. It also boasts an ice slide, tubing lane, climbing wall, kid’s snow play area, plus numerous shops and restaurants.
Other attractions here include the Airkix indoor skydiving centre, the Powerleague Soccerdome, the DW Sports Fitness Club, and the David Lloyd club.
Other facilities include free wireless internet access, pushchair and buggy hire, a crèche, children’s play area, public toilets, baby changing facilities, breast-feeding rooms, prayer room, and Shopmobility scheme.
Almost 10,000 people work at the Trafford Centre. With over 200 shops and numerous restaurants and leisure facilities there are frequent job opportunities to suit a wide variety of skills.
People interested in a career at the Trafford Centre can browse job vacancies on the official website.
The Trafford Centre is open 7 days a week. Opening hours for the shops are Monday to Friday 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday noon to 6 pm.
For Christmas opening and closing times visit the official Trafford Centre website.
Location & Directions
The Trafford Centre is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, 4 miles west of Manchester city centre.
To reach the Trafford Centre by car simply leave the M60 motorway at Junction 9 or 10 and follow the signs.
Shoppers using satellite navigation systems should note that the postcode to use for the Trafford Centre is M17 8AA.
The centre offers more than 11,000 free car parking spaces. A traffic management system shows drivers the location of available parking spaces.
The Trafford Centre has its own bus station offering services to and from destinations throughout Greater Manchester.
Buses from Manchester city centre depart from either Shudehill Interchange (next to Victoria train station) or Piccadilly Gardens (close to Piccadilly train station).
The services are
- X50 – Piccadilly Gardens to the Trafford Centre via Old Trafford (Manchester United), Salford Quays (Imperial War Museum North) and Trafford Park
- 250 – Piccadilly Gardens to the Trafford Centre via the University of Manchester, Hulme, Old Trafford, Salford Quays, and Trafford Park
- 100 – Shudehill Interchange to Warrington, via Salford Crescent train station, Salford, Eccles, and the Trafford Centre
- 110 – Shudehill Interchange to the Trafford Centre via Pendleton, Salford, and Eccles
Other bus routes to and from the Trafford Centre include:
- 18 – Altrincham – via Stretford, Sale, Wythenshaw, and Manchester Airport
- 22 – Stockport to Bolton, via Burnage, Chorlton, Stretford, Urmston, the Trafford Centre, Eccles, and Swinton
- 23/23A – Stockport – via Urmston/Lostock, Stretford, Chorlton, Didsbury
- 68 – Bolton – via Eccles, Salford, Monton, Worsley, Walkden, Little Hulton, and Farnworth
- 126 – Leigh – via Boothstown and Astley
- 132 – Wigan – via Worsley, Boothstown, Tyldesley, Atherton, Hindley
- 247 –Altrincham
- 300 – Bolton (express service)
Train & Metrolink
There is no direct train or Metrolink service to the Trafford Centre. However the Trafford Centre Metrolink Shuttle Bus offers a direct service to the mall from Stretford Metrolink Station. The bus journey takes just 10 minutes.
Visitors arriving at Piccadilly train station can catch one of the buses from Piccadilly Gardens (X50/250) or take the Metrolink to Stretford and catch the shuttle bus.
Visitors arriving at Victoria train station can walk to the Shudehill Interchange and then take bus (100/110). Alternatively they can take the Metrolink to Stretford and then complete their journey on the shuttle bus.
Address and postcode
Junction 9/10, M60