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While city centres are great for history, culture and shopping - it’s out of town shopping centres which can zip you away from the city’s bustle. These dedicated sites offer shops, cafés and restrooms as well as experiences such as indoor golf and cinemas, providing the perfect retreat for retail, refuel and rest.

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Escape the city for some out-of-town shopping

Need some new glad rags? A gift for a loved one? Or just fancy some retail therapy for yourself? Britain’s out-of-town shopping centres have it all. For high-street lovers, there’s the usual from John Lewis to Zara, sporty bods will like athletic brands like Adidas to Nike, and luxury lovers will find the likes of Dior and Burberry. Many centres also include places to rest and refuel as well as some source of entertainment, like a cinema or bowling alley, allowing you to make a whole day of your experience.

5 super accessible out-of-town shopping centres

Most large cities have out-of-town shopping centres. Here are some of Britain’s very accessible ones - from Sheffield to Essex, Manchester to Newcastle, all offering just a simple journey to get to by public transport. Shop the day away and dine on a wide array of restaurants, cafés and street food before jumping on the next direct link back to the city centre.  

Britain’s out-of-town shopping centres

From Britain’s largest designer outlet in Cheshire to Scotland’s Braehead Shopping Centre complete with built-in sport and event arena, you’ll find plenty of shopping, entertainment and eating options in these have-it-all offerings where retail therapy becomes a day out.  

Head into a shopping emporium of over 300 stores and 60 places to eat and drink.

Discover the metropolis of Bluewater Shopping Centre
Bluewater Shopping Centre
Bluewater Shopping Centre

Britain’s largest designer outlet offers an epic day out with more than 140 boutiques.

Discover more about Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Cheshireoaks Designer Outlet
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Explore 130 top high-street brands and a bunch of restaurants and cafés.

Learn more about Cribbs Causeway
Cribbs Causeway
Cribbs Causeway

Who doesn’t love a saving? Especially when its up to 60% off. Shop in over 100 designer bands at York Designer Outlet just 15 minutes from York city centre, one of England’s most historic cities.

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York Designer Outlet

West of Birmingham city centre, Merry Hill is packed with more than 200 brands from the biggest names to unique independents and a whole host of places to eat and drink.

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Merry Hill

Shop in 85 high street and designer brands plus some specialised stores at discounted prices.

Learn more about The Galleria Outlet
the galleria shopping centre
The Galleria Outlet

Shop, dine and catch a match or show at this retail and leisure spot with more than 100 brands.

Discover more of Braehead Shopping Centre
Braehead Shopping Centre
Braehead Shopping Centre

Bag a few bargains at Scotland’s largest designer outlet. Located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Scottish Livingstone Designer Outlet has more than 70 shops, restaurants and cafés.

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Livingstone Designer Outlet

Fill your boots, bags and every else with 60 per cent off designer price tags.

Learn more about Designer Outlet Bridgend
Bridgend Designer Outlet
Bridgend Designer Outlet 

Head into a shopping emporium of over 300 stores and 60 places to eat and drink.

Discover the metropolis of Bluewater Shopping Centre
Bluewater Shopping Centre
Bluewater Shopping Centre

Britain’s largest designer outlet offers an epic day out with more than 140 boutiques.

Discover more about Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Cheshireoaks Designer Outlet
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Explore 130 top high-street brands and a bunch of restaurants and cafés.

Learn more about Cribbs Causeway
Cribbs Causeway
Cribbs Causeway

Who doesn’t love a saving? Especially when its up to 60% off. Shop in over 100 designer bands at York Designer Outlet just 15 minutes from York city centre, one of England’s most historic cities.

Discover more of York Designer Outlet
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York Designer Outlet

West of Birmingham city centre, Merry Hill is packed with more than 200 brands from the biggest names to unique independents and a whole host of places to eat and drink.

Learn more about Merry Hill
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Merry Hill

Shop in 85 high street and designer brands plus some specialised stores at discounted prices.

Learn more about The Galleria Outlet
the galleria shopping centre
The Galleria Outlet

Shop, dine and catch a match or show at this retail and leisure spot with more than 100 brands.

Discover more of Braehead Shopping Centre
Braehead Shopping Centre
Braehead Shopping Centre

Bag a few bargains at Scotland’s largest designer outlet. Located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Scottish Livingstone Designer Outlet has more than 70 shops, restaurants and cafés.

Learn more about Livingstone Designer Outlet
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Livingstone Designer Outlet

Fill your boots, bags and every else with 60 per cent off designer price tags.

Learn more about Designer Outlet Bridgend
Bridgend Designer Outlet
Bridgend Designer Outlet