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Trafford Centre

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An April 2005 trip to Manchester by shaunandtrish

Trafford Centre Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: There are worse places to kill an evening when you are working away. Here's an overview of the Trafford Centre, collected in a couple of hours on a quiet Monday evening in April.

Trafford Centre

Overview

Trafford Centre Photo, Manchester, England
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The Trafford Centre is an out-of-town shopping/eating/entertainment centre just off the Manchester Ring Road. There is plenty of parking and plenty to do. Visit on a quiet mid-week evening to see things at their most accessible and relaxed. I'm told Christmastime is best avoided. The layout and decor is stylish and classy, shopping is varied and includes up-market options, and eating in the food hall is tempting. Here's the website, with all manner of details. Knock yourself out. My personal views are expressed elsewhere in this journal. Quick Tips: Access by road can be good and bad. Avoid the M60 (ring road) before 9:30am and between 4:30pm...Read More

Golden Tulip Manchester

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Hotel | "Golden Tulip Hotel, Manchester"

Golden Tulip Manchester Photo, Manchester, England
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At about £75 a room, this hotel is a bit dearer than some travel stops, but may be worth the extra £20 for the extras you get. So, what are the extras? Well, comparing to Premier Travel Inns (£50 a night), here's a summary of what you get above and beyond: full help-yourself cooked/continental breakfast is included, rooms that are much bigger and better equipped (ironing board, trouser press, more TV channels, and basic toiletries), room specification and decor are generally better, and there's the option of room service. The car park entry/exit has a security barrier, but the number of golf balls laying around the car park did make me slightly nervous - there's a driving range adjacent. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

Golden Tulip Manchester
WATERS REACH
Manchester, England
44 161 8738899

Deanwater Hotel

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Hotel | "Deanwater Hotel, Cheshire"

Deanwater Hotel Photo, Chester, England
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I've stayed here a few times now because we run training courses in their function rooms. It's refreshing when a venue, selected predominantly on location and price, turns out to be not-a-bad place to stay. It's situated in a quiet location on the A5102 midway between the well moneyed villages of Woodford and Poynton. Footballer country.Rooms are a good size with trouser press, tea/coffee making facilities, shower and bath and a TV with a few satellite options including Sports. The rooms are set in a two-storey arrangement around the rear courtyard that has the free-to-guests leisure facility in the middle. This leisure facility includes a small shallow, circular pool, a sauna and a solarium. It...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2006

Deanwater Hotel
Wilmslow Rd.
Woodford, United Kingdom SK7 1RJ
+44 (1625) 522906

Cathay Dim Sum Bar Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Cathay Dim Sum"

Cathay Dim Sum Bar Restaurant Photo, Manchester, England
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This restaurant was a hot tip from one of my customers. He said it’s second to none and a sister establishment to the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester, China Town. He may well have been right. It’s within the food hall in the Trafford Centre. As it’s in a shopping mall, it’s used by shoppers, so there's no obligation to reserve. Saying that, I'd guess it gets busy. I was there on a very quiet Monday evening, and it was always at least half full from what I could see. Prices are reasonable - soups and basic appetizers, like crispy seaweed, start at around £3, or you could get a starter selection that includes five or six different items (like I did) for £4.50. Main courses range from a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

Cathay Dim Sum Bar Restaurant
130 The Orient
Manchester, England M17 8EH
(0161) 747-2228

Trafford Centre

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Attraction | "Checking out the Trafford Centre"

Trafford Centre Photo, Manchester, England
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Save for my evening meal, I didn't spend a penny here. I just had a look around to kill an hour or so, which is what I generally have to do somehow when I'm working away. The good thing about the Trafford Centre, for me at least, was that it was just 400m from my client and 50m from my hotel. So I ambled across the road to have a look-see. The largest indoor shopping complex in Europe, the Gateshead Metrocentre, is near where I live, so I did wonder how the Trafford Centre would compare. As the Metro Centre is "the largest," the Trafford Centre must be smaller, but it’s still pretty big. It’s primarily on two floors, with a light, airy, open plan theme. Specification-wise, it’s classier than the M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

Trafford Centre
Barton Dock Road
Manchester, England M17 8AA
+44 (161) 749 1717

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shaunandtrish

shaunandtrish
Durham, United Kingdom