Shopping Centres in Northern England

Northern England is home to some of the UK's largest shopping Centres. Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds are three of the top shopping destinations in Britain, and are home to leading shopping centres including the famous Trafford Centre.

Trafford Centre

The UK's second largest shopping centre, the Trafford Centre is a sprawling complex with approximately 180,900 square feet of retail space. It is home to more than 280 stores and services, over 11,500 car parking spaces, Europe's largest food court, and the UK's busiest cinemas. Attracting some 31 million shoppers each year, the Trafford Centre has an estimated market value of £1.9 billion according to its owners the Intu Group. Completed in 1998, the Trafford Centre sits west of Manchester's city centre in Dumplington. The unique shopping centre features eclectic architecture inspired by Rococo and late Baraoque design, as well as Art Deco and Egyptian Revival elements. Focal points include The Orient, a 1,600-seat food court themed on a 1930s oceanliner, and the Great Hall, a glazed structure with restaurants and cafes. Leisure facilities include a 20-screen cinema, a Laser Quest arena, miniature golf at Paradise Island, and the Namco Funscape complex with bowling, arcade games and other activities.

Liverpool ONE

Home to shopping and leisure facilities, Liverpool ONE also includes a residential development. Covering an area of 170,000 square metres in the city of Liverpool, the shopping centre features 154,000 square metres of retail space. The site also includes a 14-screen multiplex cinema and 230,000 square feet of restaurants, bars and cafes. Office, residential and hotel developments are also part of the city that links some 40 new buildings. Part of £920 million development, Liverpool ONE opened in 2008 when the city served as the European Capital of Culture. The shopping centre houses more than 160 stores and services, as well as more than 3,000 car parking spaces. Anchor tenants include John Lewis and Debenhams. Liverpool ONE is the city's largest shopping centre, the second largest in North West England, and the fifth largest in the United Kingdom.

Manchester Arndale

Home to more than 240 units, the Manchester Arndale boasts 130,000 square metres of retail floor space at the heart of Manchester's bustling city centre. Opened in 1975, the shopping centre was redeveloped after the 1996 Manchester bombing. Works to modernise the centre includes efforts to bring in natural light and better connect it with the city centre, two limitations of the original design. The centre attracts approximately 42 million shoppers each year and has a total available retail expenditure of £32 billion, according to its owners the Intu Group. One of the UK's third most visited shopping centre, the Manchester Arndale is the eight largest in terms of size. When the adjacent Selfridges and Marks & Spencer are included, it is the third largest city centre-based shopping centre in Europe.

Meadowhall Centre

Meadowhall Centre in Sheffield is the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire and the UK's tenth largest in terms of size. It boasts a retail space of 139,355 square metres and more than 280 stores and services, including popular high street shops. The Meadowhall Centre is also home to major fashion labels, including French Connection, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, and others. At the time of the centre's opening in 1990, it was the second largest shopping centre in the UK. The Oasis Dining Quarter, Meadowhalls' food court, was refurbished in 2007 and includes a range of food outlets and restaurants. The centre also features an eleven-screen multiplex cinema. In 2012, the centre's owners British Land announced plans to build a 4,831 square metre expansion.

Eldon Square

Build around Old Eldon Square, the Intu Eldon Square covers a large portion of Newcastle's city centre. Opened in 1977, it houses more than 150 stores and services including anchor tenants Debenhams, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Fenwick. The shopping centre is split into two halves, which are separated by Blackett Street. It covers an area of 130,100 square metres, making the shopping centre the thirteenth largest in the UK. Since 2005, Intu Eldon Square has undergone significant redevelopment work including the construction of a new bus station and the conversion of the former station into new retail space.

Trinity Leeds

Home to more than 120 stores and services, Trinity Leeds has 93,000 square metres of retail floor space. This makes it the 25th largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom. The development features two parts - Trinity East is located on the former sites of the Trinity and Burton Arcades, while Trinity West is the redeveloped Leeds Shopping Plaza. Situated in the city centre of Leeds, the centre includes a concept food area known as the Trinity Kitchen. The space hosts permanent and pop-up vendors and complements other restaurants and food outlets found at Trinity East. A four-theatre Everyman Cinemas complex is also located on the site. Opened in 2013, the shopping centre is named after the adjacent Holy Trinity Church.