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Review of Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays
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Brighton and Portsmouth Day Trip from Oxford
Ranked #14 of 126 things to do in Portsmouth
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Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
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Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Now neither me or the good lady are what you would call big shopping fans, but we found ourselves here and quite enjoyed the quays, its well laid out, well signposted to where everything is,good range of designer outlets(we even bought stuff!) and the toilets are superb, pristinely clean and free( those public places that charge for these facilities, often substandard, should hang their heads in shame and follow the quays example)wel done to those who look after them.

Thank lincolnhatter
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Right next to the Portsmouth Harbour train station ( not far from the city centre either) on a fantastic spot, looking at the sea and the harbour. Plenty of shops, for different tastes and interests- clothes ( domestic and foreign), food ( including Cadbury shop- most of the things there are actually cheaper at your local Tesco), home stuff, cosmetcs...
Prices are about 30-50% lower than in London, however sizes are limited and the latest lines not present, so it is mostly last season ( which I do not mind).
The shops that attracted my attention - Barbour ( small, a relatively good choice, prices about 30% lower than in London, again size issues), Radley ( a wide range of handbags, prices around 50% lower than in London, however only last season models), Tommy ( small), Jack Wills ( overcrouded, prices around 30% lower, loud music, iritated by the " fabulously British" made in China), Hugo Boss ( 30% lower prices, still pretty expensive), Sunglasses Hut ( prices ranging from 30-80% lower than in London, however choice limited), Ralph Lorren ( quite dissapointing, over 50% cheaper, but quality poor and selection limited, full of Japanese ;), Crew ( around 50% lower prices, sizes limited, stiching of some jackets I looked in more detail-quite poor), Whittard ( prices about 30% lower than in London, however the lady at the cash register rude), Austen Reed ( around 50% cheeper, good selection for men, poor for women). There are some completely useless shops- GAP outlet (! nowdays their clothes are mostly of poor quality), Cadbury ( already mentioned, that Tesco is more affordable for the same product)few jewlery shops ( quite empty looking)...
Must mention loos, they are one of the best I saw in UK- free, very spacious, clean, with smart looking hand soap, and lotion, as well as mouthwash(!), almost as good as the loos I visited at Barbican Hall ( my favourite), and Fenwick ( the one in Bond street).
Depending on your interest you could spend here from 1 hour up to 4 I guess...

1  Thank BernardRieux
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Average shopping outlet. The shops are located outside on the quay and not inside a mall setting. Once inside the quay I would imagine it would be a lovely place to spend the day doing a little shopping and sitting outside one of the many food outlets next to the water soaking up the sun, however visiting as I did in March, it was bitterly cold not somewhere you could spend more than a couple of hours, as you could easily visit each shop twice over in this time. The train from southsea to Portsmouth Harbour (gunwharf quays) is £2.40 return and only one stop away (5 mins). Once off the train the outlet is located a short 5 minute walk away through a very run down area, remember the way you came once off the train and returning to the station is poorly signposted. Overall - I would not visit again and would prefer to travel a little further to a larger outlet.

Thank vixxielala
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

A wide selection of outlet shops, including my favourites L'Occitane, Lindt and Cadbury. The shops were all within easy reach and there was a good selection of places to eat.

1  Thank DevonPeg
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Gun Wharf Quays does what it say’s on their web site.

It is not a sprawling in-door shopping centre; it is small to mid-size retail facility that offers a cross section of discounted retailers to suit all. If you plan to visit GunWharf, I would highly recommend reviewing their web site before hand to ensure that retailer you want trades here.

The setting, it’s next to the historic dockyards in Portsmouth, Blue Water and Lakeside would be hard pushed to beat this in terms of local culture.

Parking is excellent, both on site and off site.

It is not a large facility you can get around within a day, including a long lunch. Restaurants, all of which you would expect too see on the high street, have an early lunch to avoid queues.

My favourite shops which trade out of here has to be Karen Millen; the offering is mostly previous season, that is heavily discounted. They have chucked some money at this outlet; it is bright, gives the impression of space, up to date, lots of light with well trained staff. Bit of a Karen Millen fan and my recommended 'Bag a Bargain' in this shop would be a winter coat or a jacket.

The only thing missing about the Ugg shop is a small helping of dark rich chocolate, if I could remember the name of the Shop Assistant that provided a gold star serivice then I would name her in all the Customer Service Glory that she deserves. Both my sister and I purchased very heavily discounted pair of Ugg Boots, (not that we need them) and upon request they will keep them for you whilst you continue to shop. Just remember to collect your boots.

Only go to the Jack Willis shop if you are suffering from an eating disorder and as a result you’re a size silly or if you are a natural size 6 or 8. Ladies, if you’re a comfortable size 12/14 then the only items of clothing that will fit you in this shop sit is in the men’s section. It’s a bit of an ‘asexual’ offering, so give it a try.

As expected Superdry was full of teenagers and young adults, it caters more for young men, with ladies been a bit of a second thought. They must have forgotten about mums who are not that over the hill with teenage sons who go in this shop and may actually consider buying something for themselves.

My sisters favourite had to be Ralph Lauren shop and with a high fever of bargain bashing she had a massive dig around in the shelves for the elusive bargain of the day. What I liked about this shop, well I had to hang around for my sister for such a long time, I took to that old Benetton art of unfolding tee-shirt that were far too tidy for normality.

Barbour shop was a bit disappointing, this brand has taken off in the past year or two and they do need to make more of an effort to have an offering that is reflective of their new customers. Wall to Wall ‘Nana Jackets’ and sensible woolly sweaters, they have missed a commercial opportunity.

Crabtree & Evelyn had to be my newly discovered shopping experience. Embrace your inner shopper and spoil your hands with a debatable array of hand creams and body lotions. I am a Body Shop fan, but my head had been turned by the high quality and low price shopping offering. Like Barbour, it trades as a tradition ‘English’ brand and has repositioned their fabulous offering to attract a new audience.

If you plan to go to Gun Wharf Quays apply some sensible shopping science; check that the website to ensure that your chosen retailer trades from this facility, leave the kids and your partner at home, go mid-week (if possible), don’t listen to directions from others as you will only get lost, have lunch early and most of all enjoy what historic Portsmouth has to offer.

One last thought 'Buy British'.

2  Thank Amanda1709
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