intu Metrocentre, formerly MetroCentre and known on road signs as Metro Centre, is a shopping centre in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England.Located in Dunston, Gateshead, on a former industrial site near to the River Tyne, intu Metrocentre opened in stages, with the first phase opening on 28 April 1986 and the official opening on 14 October 1986. It has more than 340 shops occupying 2,000,000sqft of retail floor space, making it the largest shopping and leisure centre in the UK. Additional retail space is available in the adjoining Metro Retail Park and MetrOasis.The centre was rebranded as intu Metrocentre in 2013 following the renaming of its parent Capital Shopping Centres Group as Intu Properties.Originsintu Metrocentre's construction was financed by the Church Commissioners of England, and was masterminded by Sir John Hall's company, Cameron Hall Developments, the ground upon which it is built was purchased for a mere £100,000 in the early 1970s. Access to the development was facilitated by an urban development grant from the Department of the Environment and the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. In October 1995, the centre was sold to Capital Shopping Centres (now Intu Properties) for £364m, although the Church Commissioners retained a 10% stakePut The MetroCentre into our Gateshead trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Gateshead.
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I've been visiting the Metro Centre since it opened and it's a great place for shopping, entertainment and Food. It has everything you expect and is clean and pleasant. Coming to the North-East - visi... more »
Great afternoon shopping. The Carphone Warehouse in here is the worst i have ever come across. Apart from this all is good. Was nice to see Armed Police walking the Malls. more »
Arrived at Gateshead from Glasgow... very easy to navigate about ... every shop u could imagine ... lots of places to rest, eat and drink. Bargains to be had more »
John Paul Dodds
One of the biggest out of town shopping centres around. It offers cinema, shopping, fast food and proper restaurants as well as an arcade for kids and... bigger kids. The only down side we have found is that there aren't many shops aimed at kids or families unless you count computer game shops.
Good place to go shopping out of the rain. Can get to easily with public transport or car. A lot of lovely eating and drinking places too. Its a shame it got rid of its mini theme park however now has a new gaming/arcade centre with bowling.
Really great place to go and do some shopping. You can easily spend a day here with all the restaurants, you'll find something you want no matter what! The odeon cinema is here too. There's a wide range of shops too. Also a fantastic scheme for anyone who requires wheelchair access, with designated spaces available for those who hire a wheelchair (which is free, you pay a deposit which you get back when you return the chair)
I've visited here since it was first built. It's reinvented itself quite successfully at present. There's a huge range of places to eat, the cinema is of a good standard, and there's some a big range of shops. Parking is easy off peak and is still do-able at weekends. Like any mall/shopping center it can be pretty soulless, but has an interesting timeline board with pictures from the past on and various northern 'notables' dotted around the premises.
Easy parking and lots of room. Quite a few vacant units. Not great if you need the toilet. They are few and far between. Very impractical for disabled people.
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