With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best places to take a shopping break with Mum! The perfect idea when you have no idea, give the gift of quality time together with a city break that suits both of you. A great way to treat your mum and yourself, take a look at our top 5 UK shopping destinations…
We love Chester, and one of the big reasons is for its excellent shopping. With a historic town centre brimming with big name and boutique shops alike, as well as the fantastic Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet on the outskirts of town, there’s lots of opportunities to shop ’til you drop. Chester takes our top spot for a couple of other reasons too; great for a weekend getaway, the city is full of must-visit attractions – the beautiful cathedral, city walls and the nation’s favourite zoo among them.
With a charming High Street, the Victoria Shopping Centre and the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, there’s plenty to recommend Harrogate as a great shopping break destination. Plus, Harrogate is fit-to-bursting with well-stocked charity shops and boutique stores – great for finding something a little off-beat if that’s more your thing. And all that’s without even mentioning the town’s other virtues – from flower shows to the town’s Turkish Baths, there’s absolutely loads for you and your Mum to enjoy in Harrogate!
Cultural, vibrant and impeccably friendly, Newcastle is a lovely weekend destination. From concerts at The Sage to exhibitions at the BALTIC, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your time in this transformed city. When you are ready to shop, Eldon Square Shopping Centre is a great place to start. Bored of the city centre? The Metrocentre in Gateshead is one of the best shopping malls in the region – if not the country! With High Street favourites by the bucket-load, your shopping spree could soon turn into a weekend-long affair…
Did you know that Glasgow has the most expensive retail space in the UK outside of London? The city’s Buchanan Street is perfect for one-stop shopping – with a handful of huge department stores and big brands, it’s just the place to spoil yourself (and Mum) rotten. Princes Square Shopping Centre is our personal favourite – from designer labels to fine dining, you could easily spend all day there!
Ok, it’s an obvious choice. But does anywhere really beat London for a shopping break? The capital has it all – from high-end fashion to market stall chic, you’re sure to find just about everything and anything you’re looking for. On top of which, there are plenty of other things to enjoy on a weekend in London; why not treat mum to a trip on the London Eye or on a Thames River cruise for dinner? The ultimate London luxury however has to be taking in a West End show – we’d recommend Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables or perhaps Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.
Planning a shopping break with your Mum? Comment below, and tell us where you’re off to this year!