Shop ’til you Drop: The Perfect Shopping Destination

Christmas is rapidly approaching along with the need for a festive shopping outing. Read on to discover three fantastic shopping destinations paired with three wonderful visitor experiences…


Emirates Spinnaker Tower finds itself in the very fortunate position of being located in Gunwharf Quays. Set in a cultural harbour front location in the heart of Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays is the South’s leading designer shopping outlet. Boasting over 90 stores, offering up to 60% discount on regular retail prices, and over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, Gunwharf Quays is a unique and vibrant shopping and leisure destination. The Tower also boasts its own gift shop with a selection of beautiful ranges to discover. You’re sure to find a Christmas gift for everyone, even for those tricky relatives’ you normally struggle with! When you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, take a break and travel 100 metres above sea level to take in the stunning views on offer from the Tower. Even in winter, our views are beautiful with the crisp weather lending itself to a clear outlook across 23 miles of the South coast.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower is part of Continuum Attractions, with several award-winning cultural visitor experiences located around the UK. In the South, The Canterbury Tales and Oxford Castle Unlocked both find themselves in great shopping destinations.


Canterbury’s Whitefriars brings you the best in fashion and lifestyle brands with popular high street names while the city’s King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s are a stone’s throw away and offer a range of specialist and individual outlets. Fine art, jewellery, clothing, crafts and antiques are just some of the offerings to tempt you to part with your money. For a historic taste of the city, enjoy some tales from Canterbury’s most famous inhabitant, Geoffrey Chaucer. Located just off the bustling High Street, The Canterbury Tales invites its guests to step back in time and be enchanted by five of Chaucer’s most entertaining tales, brought to life by the medieval sights, sounds and even smells of 14th century England.


Looking ahead, we’ve got your Christmas shopping for 2017 sorted too! Oxford Castle Unlocked will be welcoming a new neighbour in Autumn 2017 when the Westgate Shopping Centre will open its doors. Westgate Oxford will bring a new shopping and leisure destination to Oxford, transforming the west end of the city. It will include more than 100 stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema and roof top terrace dining as well as a wealth of new public spaces.
From the brand new, super shiny new shops, take the opportunity to explore where Oxford began at Oxford Castle Unlocked. Join a guide to take a tour of the 1000 years of history, discovering the historic buildings and the fascinating stories behind them, including the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower and the story of an Empress’ escape, the atmospheric crypt set on the footprint where the famous tales of King Arthur were penned, the preserved Georgian prison wing which housed a variety of intriguing and questionable characters, and the archaic man-made mound, offering breath-taking views over Oxford’s dreaming spires.