Cribbs Causeway is a large multi-use shopping and entertainment complex in the north of the city of Bristol, England. Cribbs Causeway contains a number of attractions, the most prominent of which are The Mall Cribbs Causeway and The Venue Cribbs Causeway.
The Mall Cribbs Causeway
The Mall Cribbs Causeway is what attracts most people to Cribbs Causeway. The Mall is relatively large containing in excess of 100 shops. The Mall generally has two floors along a central spine. However in places there are more than just the two stories where stores have added an extra floor to get the maximum possible trading area.
At either end of The Mall Cribbs Causeway there is a flagship store. At the east end of the store is a two storey Marks and Spencers, which is also known in the UK as M&S or Marks and Sparks. It is one of the largest Marks and Spencers in the region and as a result attracts a wide range of people. This store sells the clothes, underwear and food for which Marks and Spencers is famous. However, it also has a home ware department which includes soft furnishings and a small garden department. At the west end of The Mall there is the second flagship store. This is a large John Lewis. Located over five floors, this is probably the largest department store in the south west. John Lewis moved to The Mall Cribbs Causeway when the shopping centre was first opened and moved out of it's previous location in Broadmead in the centre of Bristol at the same time. John Lewis sells a wide variety of goods, and is well known for it's policy of never having goods at a price more expensive than any other retailer. John Lewis is a very popular store and for this reason people travel from long distances as it is the only such store within the region.
These two store are connected by the main area of The Mall, which is located over two floors. The Mall Cribbs Causeway has at it's centre a more open area with a large fountain. This fountain has water displays, which culminates in a giant burst of water every so often. Children enjoy seeing this, as they also enjoy throwing money in the water and making a wish. Upstairs from this central area is where the main food court is based. This has been revamped extremely recently, probably in reaction to the competition provided by the new shopping centre Cabot Circus in the centre of Bristol. This central area around the fountain is also where many events take place, including the Cribbs Causeway Clothes Show.
Off of this central area is where many of the most recognisable names in UK high street retailing are based. These include WH Smiths, HMV, Boots and British Home Stores (BHS). It is possible to enter The Mall from the outside through WH Smith and Boots and this is in addition to the two flagship stores. The car park area outside WH Smith is where many other events are run, including the ice rink and Santa's Grotto at Cribbs Causeway before Christmas, the Cribbs Causeway car show and other periodic events.
Other shops located within The Mall are predominantly clothes shops, although there are a few exceptions. The exceptions include mobile phone shops such as the Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone and O2, electronics shops such as Currys Digital and other stores such as Superdrug. The clothes shops within The Mall Cribbs Causeway are too numerous to mention, but the main ones are Topshop/Topman, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Next, River Island and Republic.
The opening times for The Mall are 9.30am-9pm Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm Saturdays and on Sunday the stores open from 11am-5pm. On Bank Holiday Mondays the stores have different opening hours, but The Mall stays open 10am-6pm. The Mall, and individual stores within The Mall, do have different opening times to this depending on their individual business and the time of the year. For example, John Lewis traditionally has reduced trading hours. In addition around Christmas The Mall generally opens until later - a 10pm closing time is not unusual. Finally for special events, such as the famous Next sale, The Mall will have different opening times.
The Venue Cribbs Causeway
The Venue Cribbs Causeway is situated over the road from The Mall Cribbs Causeway. The Venue is primarily an entertainment complex. There is a relatively large Vue cinema. This has many screens and shows all of the latest films. It is relatively modern, with many large screens and so is a popular location for advance and special screenings for the latest films.
Next door to the cinema is a ten pin bowling alley. The building which the bowling alley is in once conatined an unusual members only club, but it has now been redeveloped so that there is a bowling alley in part of this space. The bowling alley also has a small area for food and various arcade machines.
The Venue Cribbs Causeway also has a number of restaurants. These include a TGI Friday's and a KFC. In addition to these, there is a large private gym.
There are a number of other attractions around Cribbs Causeway. These are generally various retail outlets. There are a number of supermarkets, including a very large ASDA Walmart and a branch of Morrisons. There are a couple of ranks of large shops. In one area there are stores such as Comet, Currys and Argos. This is a relatively old area of shops which predates the Mall, but has recently been modernised.
There is a second area which includes a new Maplin, Tesco Homeplus and TK Maxx. Tesco Homeplus is Tesco's brand of non-food stores.
There are finally a number of other stand alone stores. These include a number of car showrooms and builders merchants. There is also a Toys r Us and branch of the car/bike shop Halfords.
Getting to Cribbs Causeway
There are a number of ways of getting to Cribbs Causeway. Due to it's location alongside junction 17 of the M5 motorway it is easy to access by road from elsewhere in the country, which partly explains why there are so many non-Bristolians who go to Cribbs Causeway. Cribbs Causeway is also accessible from the centre and south of Bristol along the A4018 and from north and east Bristol along Highwood Road which connects to the A38. If arriving by car there is plenty of free car-parking all around all of the shops and other attractions.
The only major public transport form which stops at Cribbs Causeway is buses. There is a large bus station outside The Mall, and this bus station acts as a terminus for a large number of services from throughout Bristol and further afield. In addition, there are a large number of buses which just stop at this Cribbs Causeway bus station.
The nearest major train station is Bristol Parkway, however it is more than walking distance away and so it would be wise to get a bus or taxi if arriving by train. The nearest commercial airport is Bristol Airport to the south of Bristol - whilst Cribbs Causeway borders onto Filton Airport there are no scheduled flights from this airport.