If you’re looking for a place to do some shopping and don’t want to walk around outside in the cold, Meadowhall is a great place to do just that. With over 280 stores inside, you are sure to find just what you are looking for!
History Of Meadowhall:
Originally the site of the 19th century Meadow Hall Iron Works, owned by John Crowley and Co., the shopping centre was built by Bovis on the site previously occupied by Hadfields’ East Hecla steelworks.
The centre was opened on 4 September 1990. With a floor area of 139,355 m2 (1,500,005 sq. ft.), it is the eighth largest (second largest when first opened) shopping centre in the UK. It is similar in concept to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, which was completed just before Meadowhall.
With over 280 stores, Meadowhall has been widely blamed for the closure of shops in Sheffield City Centre and in Rotherham. Meadowhall is owned by British Land, a property developer. The centre attracted 19.8 million visitors in its first year of opening, and now attracts about 30 million visitors a year.
Meadowhall has over 280 stores, most of which are major high street stores, including Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Primark, Zara, Topshop/Topman, Next and an Apple Store as well.
The Lanes is an area next to the Oasis Dining Quarter which includes small independent shops.
The Oasis Dining Quarter:
The Oasis Dining Quarter is Meadowhall’s food court which has food outlets and seating on both floors. The ground floor contains mostly fast food outlets including McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut, Five Guys and Barburrito but includes restaurants Nando’s, Harvester and a Wetherspoons. The upper floor consists mostly of restaurants including Frankie & Benny’s, Coal Grill And Bar, Pizza Express, Wagamama, Handmade Burger Co, Zizzi and T.G.I. Fridays. In July 2011 following the opening of T.G.I. Fridays, the food court underwent a £7 million redevelopment which saw it re-branded from ‘Oasis Food Court’, to ‘Oasis Dining Quarter’. Restaurants such as Las Iguanas, ChaoBaby and Giraffe were added as part of the redevelopment.
Meadowhall has a public transport interchange, called Meadowhall Interchange, making it the only shopping centre in the UK that combines a bus, rail and tram interchange as well as making the centre accessible to both the local region and the rest of the country.
Motorway – The centre is located at junction 34 of the M1 motorway.
Sheffield Super tram – Meadowhall is served by two stops on the Sheffield Super tram network; the Yellow Line terminus at Meadowhall Interchange is located to the north of the shopping centre, while Meadowhall South & Tinsley tram stop is located to the south of the shopping centre and is served by the Yellow Line and, from 2018, tram-train services to Rotherham Parkgate.
Meadowhall Interchange tram stop is located 15 minutes from the city centre and Meadowhall is used as a park and ride. The Yellow Line from Meadowhall passes the Sheffield Arena, Ice Sheffield, the Institute Of Sport and the Valley Centertainment entertainment complex.
Bus – The interchange has a large bus station with routes covering most of South Yorkshire, but especially the local Sheffield and Rotherham area.
Train – There is a multi-platform railway station at Meadowhall which has several routes to and from Doncaster, Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly.
Enjoy your week!