CrownGate Shopping Centre

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Crowngate Worcester
Crowngate Worcester logo
CrownGate - Broad Street, Worcester (20421049382).jpg
LocationWorcester, England
Opening date1992
ManagementKing Sturge
OwnerCrown Estate[1]
No. of stores and services60
No. of anchor tenants3 (Debenhams, House of Fraser & Primark)
No. of floors1 (Some shops have extra floors)

Crowngate Worcester is a shopping centre in Worcester, England, built in part on the historic site of the Worcester Blackfriars monastery, and replacing the former Blackfriars shopping centre.[2]

It contains forty-nine stores, with a range of both large and smaller units, including House of Fraser, Debenhams and Primark. There are three restaurants in the recently refurbished Friary Walk, including Crowngate Kitchen. Other facilities include a 780 space, multi-story car park, the Worcester bus station and the Huntingdon Hall Theatre.

In October 2009 the centre underwent a £5 million refurbishment.[3] In 2017, plans for a new look for Crowngate were published.[4]

Construction and excavations[edit]

Archaeological excavations were carried out in 1985-6, prior to the construction of the new centre. They uncovered:

  • a Roman road and timber buildings
  • a Saxon building and bread ovens
  • the cloisters and friary church of the monastery, which were aligned with the Roman Road
  • civil war defences facing towards St Johns.

Nevertheless, the nine months of funding to excavate the site “proved insufficient to complete the work and analyse the finds”. The small finds were repackaged by volunteers in 2010.[5]


Stores present include House of Fraser, Debenhams, Primark, Boots, Game, Carphone Warehouse, Warren James,[6] Rise,[7] New Look, Superdrug and Iceland.

Bus Station[edit]

The bus station is located below the shopping centre[8] and the main bus operator is First Midland Red.


  1. ^ Pryce, Mike (30 June 2016). "Company behind Crowngate enjoys another record year". Worcester News. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ Memories of Worcester's Blackfriars shopping centre shared for Crowngate 25th anniversary Worcester News, 23 October 2017
  3. ^ "£5m revamp is up and running - video". Worcester News. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Planning consent secured for regeneration project at Crowngate Shopping Centre". Retail Bulleting. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  5. ^ BLACKFRIARS, WORCESTER, Research Worcester blog, 8 November 2010
  6. ^ Al Rasheed, Tarik (29 April 2016). "New store opening in Crowngate". Worcester News. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  7. ^ Kelly, Alicia (16 April 2016). "Queues at Worcester record store as Record Store Day kicks off". Worcester News. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  8. ^ Planet, Lonely; Wilson, Neil; Berry, Oliver; Duca, Marc Di; Dixon, Belinda; Dragicevich, Peter; Harper, Damian; Kaminski, Anna; Nevez, Catherine Le; Symington, Andy (1 March 2015). Lonely Planet Great Britain. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781743605295. Retrieved 3 August 2016.

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Coordinates: 52°11′31″N 2°13′22″W / 52.19198°N 2.22267°W / 52.19198; -2.22267