Manchester’s Trafford Centre is the largest shopping centre in North West England. Over 200 shops, restaurants, and attractions attract more than 30 million customers each year.
Major stores include Debenhams, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Boots, and Selfridges.
The centre boasts almost two million square feet of floor space. It is divided into several areas. The main shopping areas are Regent Crescent, Peel Avenue, The Dome, and Barton Square.
The Orient and The Great Hall lie at the centre of the mall and are home to restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.
Regent Crescent is the western wing of the centre and has two levels. Stores here include Debenhams, Next, Topshop, and Topman.
The Dome lies at the heart of the Trafford Centre and three levels. The main store here is Selfridges.
Peel Avenue runs east from The Dome. Major stores here include John Lewis, Boots, Marks & Spencer, and H&M. Peel Avenue has two levels.
The Barton Square extension opened in 2008 and features a number of stores selling home furnishings and household goods. Shops include Next Home, Kutchenhaus, Laura Ashley Home, HomeSense, and Natuzzi. It is linked to the centre by a glazed walkway.
The Odeon on the second floor of The Dome is one of the busiest cinemas in the country. It offers 20 screens, including a giant IMAX theatre.
Aerial Extreme is a high ropes adventure course with zip wires, rope bridges, balance beams, and more. It is at Wilderspool Wood, near the entrance to the Great Hall.
Laser Quest is a family-friendly laser tag game. Players compete in teams in a multi-level arena. The Rock is a motorised climbing challenge. Both are located on the second floor of The Dome, near the Odeon.
The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a fantastic attraction for young children. Miniland features Lego models of North West Attractions such as Blackpool Tower and Old Trafford. Kids can also see how Lego is manufactured, build and race Lego cars, watch 4D movies, and much more.
Sea Life is an indoor aquarium. The tanks and displays here house over 5,000 fish and sea creatures.
The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and Sea Life are both at Barton Square.
Namco Funscape is an entertainment centre on the ground floor of The Orient. It features tenpin bowling lanes, dodgem cars, arcade games, and pool tables.
Paradise Island Adventure Golf offers two 18-hole mini-golf courses, each set on a tropical island paradise. It is found on the second floor of The Dome, next to the Odeon.
EventCity opened in 2011 and is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the UK. The former tobacco factory and distribution warehouse hosts exhibitions and trade shows throughout the year. It’s situated on Phoenix Way, just east of the Trafford Centre.
Trafford City is the name of the wider area around the Trafford Centre. Attractions and businesses here include Airkix (indoor skydiving), the Chill Factore (indoor ski slope), Trafford Golf Centre (driving range – formerly PlayGolf), Fords of Winsford, Asda, B&Q, and David Lloyd.
Facilities at the Trafford Centre include free wireless internet access, cash machines, pushchair and buggy hire, a crèche, children’s play area, public toilets, baby changing facilities, breast-feeding rooms, and a prayer room.
The centre is also part of the Shopmobility scheme.
The Trafford Centre is open seven days a week.
Opening and closing times for today, Thursday 27th July 2017, are:
- Shops - 10 am to 10 pm
- Restaurants - 10 am to midnight
Shops stay open to late in the evening. Up to forty percent of visitors enter after 6 pm. The cinema, restaurants, and bars continue to operate after the shops have closed.
For cinema times see our Odeon Trafford Centre page.
Location and Directions
The Trafford Centre is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, four 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 Trafford Centre offers more than 11,000 free car parking spaces, evenly distributed around the building. A traffic management system shows drivers the location of available parking spaces.
The centre was one of the first to introduce an automatic number plate recognition system. The police and security team are alerted when stolen vehicles or those associated with crime enter the site.
The Trafford Centre has its own bus station offering services to and from destinations throughout Greater Manchester and North West England.
Buses from Manchester city centre depart from Shudehill Bus Station (next to Shudehill Metrolink Station and near Victoria Train Station) and Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station (adjacent to Piccadilly Gardens Metrolink Station and close to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station).
Bus services include:
- X50 – High frequency, express service from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station to the Trafford Centre. Stops on the route include Deansgate Train Station, Old Trafford (Manchester United), and the Imperial War Museum North (Salford Quays).
- 100 – Shudehill Bus Station to Warrington Interchange. Stops on the route include Manchester Victoria, Salford Crescent/University of Salford, Salford Shopping Centre, Salford Royal Hospital, Eccles Interchange (Eccles Bus Station and Eccles Metrolink Station), and the Trafford Centre.
Train and Metrolink
There is no direct train or Metrolink service to the Trafford Centre.
Passengers arriving at Manchester Victoria can take the 100 bus.
Metrolink passengers can alight at various stops and take a connecting bus service. For example Piccadilly Gardens Metrolink Station (X50 bus), Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Station (X50 bus), Shudehill Metrolink Station (100 bus).
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Address and postcode
Junction 9/10, M60