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“After all the hyperbole ... its really very very average”

Whiteley Shopping Centre
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Whiteley
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Whiteley in Hampshire is a 320,000 sq. ft. retail scheme which opened in May 2013 with 58 shops, restaurants and cafes and 1,350 parking spaces. Parking at Whiteley is FREE for the first 3 hours and then all car parks (except Tesco) are £1 per hour up to 5 hours maximum stay. Stores are a mix of the best high street names such as M&S, Next, H&M, River Island, Fat Face and Boots alongside many independent stores. Restaurants include Wagamama, Dean's Diner, Yo! Sushi, Prezzo, Frankie & Benny's and independent bistro Montagu's. The recent addition of indoor climbing centre, Rock Up, makes Whiteley a great place for all the family to visit.
London, United Kingdom
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“After all the hyperbole ... its really very very average”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

So after all the hype and mass traffic jams of opening we finally got there today. Good points: Free Wifi (more of that in a moment), free parking and you can take dogs (the old village it replaced did not allow dogs on site so we never went back).

The Wifi is a real bonus but you need it because the shopping experience is utterly average. The usual boring hight street shops and frankly not that many of them either. We walked up the 'High street' in about 5 minutes. A short detour into 'Tiger', which is about the most interesting shop there, and a short dalliance around the New Forest Ice Cream stall until we saw how much they wanted to rip us off for ... ahem ... I mean charge us for a small cone..... and we were done.

If you want a great shopping experience go to Gun Wharf Quay. If you want lots of boring high street shops goes to Southampton. If you want free wifi and expensive ice cream go to Whitely.

Visited August 2013
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“Average shopping experience”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

We visited this shopping village on our way back home from holiday. It can be accessed from Junction 9 of the M27 and is well signposted and has a large car park where you can park for free for up to 3 hours.

The original shopping village was completely demolished and the new version which cost a staggering £84 million has opened this year. I think it is a waste of money.

To be honest we were quite disappointed and expected a lot more. There are around 50 shops and quite a few restaurants including Frankie & Benny's, Chimichanga and other chain restaurants.

There were very few independent interesting shops, there is a large Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Next and a lot of shoe shops but nothing to get over excited about.

They do have an area for pop up shops which trade for just a day or so and one of these was being prepared and was opening the next day

We spent about an hour looking around but were not very inspired and I would have felt cheated if we had gone there specially, as it was we were passing through.

I wouldn't bother to go back as it offers nothing that you can't get in your own local area.

Visited July 2013
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