Cwmbran Shopping Centre, Cwmbran

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Cwmbran Shopping Centre is a shopping centre owned by Prudential in the town of Cwmbran, Torfaen. As a New Town the town centre was planned in a single Master Plan along with the surrounding residential neighbourhoods. It is the second largest shopping centre in Wales.The Cwmbran Development Corporation prepared the Master Plan for the development of the New Town which resulted in the creation of the original seven neighbourhoods which contained some local services, and housing and were located within easy reach of the Town Centre. The early years of the New Town were dominated by housebuilding with a lack of services for the town. It was not until 1959 that construction of the central retail area began, despite the fact that considerations of its design began in 1951. The Town Centre was developed as a purpose-built central area by the Development Corporation and the Town Centre has been the focal point for retail development in Torfaen since its inception as a New Town.Gwent Square was the first area to be constructed. In 1964, David Evans opened – this was the largest department store in Cwmbran at the time. By the late 1960s the area surrounding Gwent Square was built upon. General Rees Square was named after General Wynford Rees, a Commander of the British Indian Army, Deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire and First Manager of the Cwmbran Development Corporation. He died in 1959 and so was unable to see the Town Centre fully completed. In 1972 the Congress Theatre was built alongside Gwent House in Gwent Square.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Lovely place, large variety of shops as well as cafes. Everything you need would be here. Pleasant atmosphere, bit hard to navigate.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Loads of shops all undercover and free parking great stuff Loads of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee. Most high street brands are there and alk the staff are friendly  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    Cwmbran town centre has every type of shop anyone can want the big plus is free carparking. The centre is easily accesible via dual carriageways.  more »
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  • Ideal shopping centre for all. Plenty of shops, large stores as well as smaller independent shops. Bus station runs from outside where a lot of the banks are. Food outlets are plenty from coffee shops to fast food outlets. Car parking is plenty. Most are free while some charge after a couple of hours. Most of the main shopping are is covered so is ideal for those rainy days. Certainly well worth a visit.
  • Great place to shop. Doesn't have the cold feel of a mall. Open spaces to walk around in. Feels like a traditional market. The free parking is a great idea.
  • Great place, lots of diverse shops and always very clean. A point not often found in a modern town center these days. Also has free parking. Short stay and long stay. Short stay is 4 hours.
  • One of the two main lifts that takes you from the car park up to the shopping level by costa coffee, Iceland has been out of commission for the past 8+ weeks, the remaining lift is too small to allow for multi occupational use, those of us who have to rely on lifts are sometimes left waiting more than ten minutes for a turn to get to the shops maybe we would be better going to Newport for our shopping which is something I would never imagine ever saying before but will happily pass on to other disabled people..
  • Free parking, good range of shops in a concentrated area, great for people with limited mobility or pushchairs due to being mostly on one level and lifts available, numerous coffee houses and cafe's , all pedestrianised so safe for kids

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