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The Mall opened on the 31st March 1998, after a battle spanning decades for planning permission to develop the site, which was finally settled at the High Court.
The pioneer of The Mall was local builder, Jack Baylis, who saw the site’s potential, and purchased farmland in the area in the 1960’s for a few hundred pounds. The farm land is now part of The Mall complex.
Local legend would have you believe that Cribbs Causeway is named after 18th Century Bristolian bare knuckle boxer, Tom Cribb. It is more likely however, that it is named after the roman road that used to run through the area to the River Severn, where boats would cross the estuary to Wales.
The Mall is the largest shopping centre South West England, covering 67,800 square metres and includes over 130 shops and restaurants.
Plans to extend The Mall have recently been approved, £300million will be invested to increase its size by half and upgrade facilities.
The Mall is located close to 2 motorways, the M4 and the M5, meaning it is easily accessible by road, making it a popular shopping destination with visitors living across the South West.
There’s a wide choice when it comes to fuelling yourself through your shopping trip, whether you’re after a quick coffee, light lunch or 3 course restaurant meal.
Costa Coffee and Starbuck’s are great stop offs for a coffee break, but there’s also a lovely coffee shop in the Marks and Spencer’s department store, and the Nespresso Boutique is definitely worth a visit.
If a light bite is what you fancy then Patisserie Valerie is always a good choice, but there’s also Pret A Manger, Spud-U-Like and Café Gusto. Tortilla is great if you’re a fan of tacos, and you can choose to eat in or take-way.
The choice is almost too much when it comes to full restaurant dining, with eateries such as TGI Fridays, offering American style cuisine, Wagamamma, if you fancy some noodles and Asian Cuisine, Yo! Sushi, Bella Italia, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Las Iguanas, who offer a wide range of Mexican food, to name a few.
If you want to make your trip to The Mall really special, a visit to The Scavi & Ray Prosecco bar will certainly add a sparkle to the day.
Events are held regularly at The Mall, including Bristol Fashion Week, which is held twice per year, there’s always a lot going on over Fashion Week so it’s definitely worth a visit.
The Venue is an entertainment hub located a short walk from The Mall. You can leave your car in The Mall’s carpark and wonder over to catch a film at the Vue Cinema, enjoy a few frames of bowling at the Hollywood Bowl, or round off the day with an evening meal at one of the many restaurants.
There are over 130 shops and restaurants located at The Mall, and two anchor department stores, Marks and Spencer’s and John Lewis.
Including the stores in the surrounding retail park, there are over 150.
Women’s fashion stores include Warehouse, Karen Millen, River Island an Jigsaw to name a few
Men’s fashion stores include Jack Wills, Moss Bros, Boss and Topman.
With Children’s clothing available at stores including Gap and Joules, everyone should find what they’re after.
Jewellery and accessories are also well catered for, there’s Accessorize and Claire’s Accessories, as well as a multitude of higher end jewellery stores, including Links of London and Fraser Hart.
Phones and technology are covered with all the main phone networks, and of course the Apple store. There’s even a Tesla car show room on the upper floor.
All the Health and Beauty stores you’d expect have shops in The Mall, including Boots, Superdrug, and The Perfume Shop. But more luxurious shops are also there, including Kiko Milano, Lush and L’Occitane.
If you’re looking for some new shoes, you’ll be spoiled for choice with Schuh, Dune, Office and Sketchers just a few of the footwear stores on offer.
On top of all of that, there are also lots of toy shops, gaming shops, sports shops, gift shops and everything else you could need.
The Mall can be very busy, especially at weekends and during the lead up to Christmas. However, its glazed ceiling and wide walkways mean it never feels as busy as it is.
The natural light flooding in through the glazed ceiling provides a bright shopping experience, enjoying natural light, whilst protected from the elements.
The lay-out really helps reduce the risk of getting lost, having John Lewis at one end and Marks and Spencer’s at the other is a great navigation tool, plus it’s always easy to find a map.
The Mall opens late on weekdays all through the year, so you can shop from 9:30am through to 9pm. On Saturdays it’s open from 9am to 8pm and on Sundays they open for browsing at 10:30, with full opening 11am to 5pm.
Christmas and Bank Holiday opening hours vary, however there’s quite often late night shopping in the lead up to Christmas, it’s always best to check this on the website first though.
The Mall provides an information point on the lower floor, between Starbucks and the fountain, you’ll be able to find the answers to any questions you may have during your trip.
Amazon Lockers are available at The Mall, so you can make arrangements to do your shopping at the same time as collecting your online purchases.
The Mall provides free Wi-Fi to all shoppers, and it’s really easy to register, you only need to do this once and then you’re all set.
AccessAbility is located in the car park at The Mall, they lend out wheelchairs and scooters free of charge, and can even provide adapted electric wheelchairs if required.
There are 5 toilet blocks in The Mall, all of them have disabled access facilities.
All lifts have low level controls included, and The Mall’s wide aisles make getting around on a scooter or using a wheelchair much easier.
The public toilets at The Mall are set up to cater for people with children, with baby changing rooms, feeding cubicles and nappy vending machines. As well as activity walls to occupy children whilst you’re occupied.
There’s a crèche facility which is able to look after children aged 2 to 9, meaning if you find you’re struggling to get all your shopping done with the kids in tow, you can leave them to have their own fun for a few hours whilst you crack on.
The Mall also has a train running from the Marks and Spencer’s end to the John Lewis end, and they put on themed rides around Christmas and Halloween.
The Mall has 7,000 free parking spaces, circled around the shopping centre.
There are 300 disabled parking spaces available, all located close to accessible routes into The Mall.
Parent and child parking spaces are also available, located close to lifts to make access with pushchairs as easy as possible.
The Mall is well located if you’re travelling by car, with great links to the M5 and M4.
There’s no train station at The Mall, so if you’re travelling to the city by public transport, it’s worth bearing in mind you’ll need to catch a bus when you leave the train or coach station.
The closest train station is Bristol Parkway, regular bus services will then take about 20minutes to The Mall. If you’re travelling into Temple Meads or the Coach Station the bus journey will be between 30 to 50 minutes, with regular services from both stations.
The Mall is located on the outskirts of Bristol and is a destination in its own right. It’s easy to spend a whole day at The Mall, but the largest city in the South West is an experience not to be missed.
You can get a bus from Cribbs Causeway to Bristol city centre with regular services.
There’s lots to discover in Bristol. The SS Great Britain was designed by the renowned Islamabad Kingdom Brunel and was the first propeller driven iron steam ship to cross the Atlantic, it will take at least half a day to explore the whole ship, where you’ll be transported back in time.
Brunel is something of an icon in Bristol, having blessed the city with his beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge. Take a trip to Clifton Village and explore the boutique shops before wondering down to The Avon Gorge Hotel for a hot drink and the best view of the bridge in the city.
Banksy, the world renowned graffiti artist, is another icon in Bristol. Being his home town, the city has numerous pieces of his work, you can ensure you get to see them all by joining one of the Banksy Walking Tours through the city.
The Game Store at The Mall has recently been refurbished including an ASUS powered gaming arena. It’s a great way to occupy any teenage children for a few hours. It can get pretty busy, but there is an option to book online to avoid any disappointment.
The Mall’s Winter Wonderland opens each year from November through to the beginning of January, including ice skating and Santa’s Enchanted Castle. It’s the perfect way to get in the Christmas mood, and well worth booking tickets before your trip to ensure you don’t miss out.
The Mall’s website has a news page, it’s a good idea to have a look before you go, you’ll find out if there are any events going on, and they also include special offers that you can take advantage of. You can find the details here.
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