Trafford Centre Guide

Trafford Centre, Manchester
Trafford Centre, Greater Manchester

The Trafford Centre is located in Trafford in Greater Manchester, it is a few miles from Manchester city centre and offers visitors a range of shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities. The shopping centre is located off the M60 motorway and since it opened back in 1998 it has proved to be a very popular shopping centre and leisure destination.

Shoppers from around the Greater Manchester area, the North West of England and beyond have been coming to the shopping centre attracted by the facilities and choice on offer here. Located a few miles outside Manchester city centre, the centre has become synonymous with the regeneration and redevelopment that Manchester has undergone. The vibrant shopping centre along with the new developments and regeneration work in Manchester city centre and the surrounding areas has provided a life for the area indicating better times ahead.


The Trafford Centre offers shoppers and visitors an all in one shopping and leisure experience. The shopping centre opened back in 1998 and over the years has become a firm favourite for shoppers from the Greater Manchester area, the North West region and beyond. The shopping centre is housed in a purpose built building, the centre has been updated and expanded recently to offer more choice and shops for visitors. In 2013 the Trafford Centre was rebranded as the Intu Trafford Centre.

The department stores that are the centres flagship offering are Selfridges, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Bhs. Visitors will find a range of shops here that cater for all budgets from upmarket stores and designer offerings to stores appealing to those on a budget.

With more than 230 shops to choose from spread over 2 large floors, shoppers are not short of choice here. The retailers present here offer goods and services in a number of areas, there retailers specialising in offering clothing and fashion for the whole family, health and beauty, gifts and accessories, toys and games, audio/visual, electrical, telecommunications, homeware, books, jewellery, sports and fitness travel and services such as banks and opticians. All of these are offered under one roof making it a convenient place for shoppers to visit.

The Leisure Facilities on site have helped establish the centre as a place not just to shop but a social meeting place and place to enjoy leisure activities. Entertainment is available at the Odeon cinema on site, the cinema has 20 screens offering visitors the latest new releases. There are children’s films shown every Saturday and Sunday morning and silver screen films aimed at mature visitors showing classic films.

There are over 60 eateries and restaurants located at the shopping centre, the main department stores that include Selfridges, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Bhs have their own restaurants offering a choice of drinks, snacks and meals.

There are a number of outlets here including Pizza Express, KFC, and McDonald’s, there are cafes and brasseries such as Starbucks, there are outlets from Carluccio's, Cafe Rouge, Est. and La Tasca among others. The cuisine available caters for a variety of tastes and includes British, French, Italian, Indian, Oriental, International and Fusion.

There is plenty of other entertainment available too including Namco Station situated in The Orient on the Ground Floor. Here there are tenpin bowling lanes, pool tables, a licensed bar featuring a huge screen TV. In addition there are plenty of video games and other pursuits.

Laser Quest and The Rock are situated next to the Odeon cinema, Laser Quest offers visitors the chance to take part in the popular laser tag game whilst The Rock is a themed party zone, where players aim to keep climbing a moving rock against the clock.

The Great Hall features a marble staircase and a distinctive chandelier and includes a number of restaurants. The Great Hall offers a dining experience to be enjoyed for the discerning visitor. Restaurants from Carluccio's, Coast Coffee, Las Iguanas and Pesto are based here offering a dining experience to be cherished.

The Trafford Centre is open 7 days a week, however individual store times vary. The restaurants and cinema are open for longer hours than for the stores however it is best to check cinema and restaurants times for the day you wish to visit to be certain.

Free Car parking is available at the shopping centre. There are approx 10,000 car parking spaces in the various car parks all of which offer visitors convenient access to the shopping mall. Disabled Parking is also available for disabled badge holders and Child Parking spaces.

How To Get There

By Car:

The shopping Centre is conveniently located for easy access by car. Take the exit at junction 9 (or 10) on the M60 from there the Trafford Centre is signposted. The signs for the various car parks are also clearly signposted as you approach and enter the complex. For those using Satellite Navigation systems the postcode to use is M17 8AA.

By Train:

From Manchester Piccadilly visitors should take a connecting Metrolink Tram to Stretford where there are dedicated Trafford Centre Shuttle Buses that take you to and from the shopping centre.

By Tram:

The closest Metrolink Tram stop is Stretford, from here visitors should use the dedicated shuttle bus to go to and from the shopping centre, the journey time is approx 11 minutes with frequency every 20 minutes.

By Bus:

The Bus route 250 takes you from Manchester City Centre to The Trafford Centre. The service is run by Stagecoach and operates from Manchester Piccadilly Gardens with services every 15 minutes with increased frequency on Saturdays.

Visitors to Manchester may wish to use the Manchester City sightseeing bus that takes you to the shopping centre from the city, it runs from late May to late September each year.

Please see: Trafford Centre Transport for further information on car and public transport routes.

Contact Details


The Trafford Centre
M17 8AA

Telephone: +44 (0)161 749 1717/18

Fax: +44 (0)161 749 1599

Website: Trafford Centre


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Use the Shopping Search map to find the location of the Trafford Centre complex in Greater Manchester. You can also use the local search for Restaurants, Bars, Hotel Rooms, Coffee Shops, Tourist Attractions and more. For Local Search and Directions see: Trafford Centre Shopping Map

Tips & Other Considerations

There may be some variations on the hours of individual shops and outlets in the shopping complex depending on opening hours of each shop and the particular day of the week.

Ensure you are always alert and aware of your belongings at all times especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a good quality, strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to snatch your bag.

Do not leave your bags/shopping bags unattended, this will help prevent theft and stop you misplacing your bags.

If you are travelling by car to the Trafford Centre ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey, particularly if you are not familiar with the local area and roads.

If you are travelling by public transport, it is useful to check for service updates before you begin your journey for any delays, disruption or cancellations to services that can impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time to avoid missing the service.

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