Bull Ring Open Market: Tuesdays to Saturdays
The Bull Ring Open Market provides a lively and attractive selection of goods with each stall being designed to entice shoppers and the browsers. It also has wide covered isles offer easy access for disabled shoppers and families whatever the weather.
The closest car park is Edgbaston Street – Dudley Street (850 Spaces), a two minute walk away.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
What to buy: 130 purpose built stalls sell a large variety of products including fresh fruit and vegetables, dry goods, clothes, decorative objects, toys, crafts and spices.
Birmingham Rag Market: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Rag Market is probably the oldest and most famous of the various Birmingham Markets with the current Rag Market opening in December 2000 as part of a major redevelopment of the Bullring shopping area and replacing a previous Rag Market which had stood on the same site for many years.
Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 5.30 pm
What to buy: There are 350 stalls and additional perimeter shops in the market, selling fabrics, haberdashery, sewing and craft materials and textile products.
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market: November and December
The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is the Largest and Longest Christmas Market outside of Germany, spreading across most of the city’s important squares and continuing for over a month. Now (2015) in its fifteenth year the market generates an incredible atmosphere and a unique shopping experience, creating the feel of a small, bustling village within the heart of the city centre. Since 2005 the Market has also incorporated the Craft Fair which gives visitors the chance to browse an entirely different selection of items crafted by local artisans, as well as goods imported from all over the world by local traders.
Again this year is the return of the outdoor ice skating rink in front of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Broad Street until 4 January.
Annually, usually from around second week in November to end of December.
Christmas 2015: From November 12 to December 22
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
November 2012, updated June 2015
What to buy: The market has over 190 stalls including the Craft fair, selling traditional handmade toys, Christmas decorations, jewellery, and crafts, along with the delights of German mulled wine (Gluhwein), grilled sausages, vegetarian options, pretzels, German beer, and for those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread, crepes and marzipan sweets.
What to pay: Various
M Local: Covenient for Provisions!
A UK Chain Supermarket
What to buy: I nipped into the local Morrisons, not far from my hotel, to buy some provisions to eat in the hotel room as I didn't fancy have a meal out. I bought a nice salad which I picked from the salad bar which offered a wide range of choices and also some bread from the store's bakery and a drink. The total cost came to 3.45 gbp (April 2013).Related to:
- Food and Dining
Bull Ring Shopping Centre: Buying at the Bullring
The New Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre was built at a cost of £800 million and houses over 160 shops and more that 25 restaurants. The Bull Ring was the largest retail regeneration project in Europe.
The Bullring is open until 8pm, six nights a week, with some restaurants open until 11pm.
Desire Jewellery (spelt correctly): My wife says....
My wonderful wife (VT Member IrishMisty - but she never logs in) made me write this tip.
She claims the designs from this shop in Market Street, Stourbridge are just going to get bigger and bigger. Insales terms rather than the dangliness of the earings, I mean.
For what it's worth, here is the sales blurb from the website :
"Fulfil your hearts appreciation for unique handmade jewellery and breathtakingly beautiful glassware, visit Desire for those special stylish gifts this festive season.
Launched by acclaimed artist and former Stourbridge college art student Philip Webley, Desire is the place to visit to find something really special for your loved ones or to treat yourself to a really original adornment for the party season.
If you are a bloke : My advice is stick to the main High street, and you partner won't notice this place in front of the town hall.
The Pallasades Shopping Centre: Above the railway station
As with every city centre - where there are two or more shopping malls - appearances and age dictate the retailers within the complex.
The centre was busy during my visit and there were quite a few shoppers - although many seemed to be passing through to the train stations at New Street and Moor Street.
Check out "Bookends" the discount book store.
MG Dealers, worlwide (maybe): A very expensive souvenir
Made in Birmingham - well almost.
One of the most beautiful and quintesentially english sports cars, the MGF has just had it's production resumed at Longbridge, just south of Birmingham. The old site produced thousands of cars every year - all of the Rover's group range. A combination of rubbish build quality and stroppy unions eventally led to bankrupcy in 2005, but a Chinese firm bought the site and production rights. Only about 300 people are employed there now to screw together what comes over in containers from mainland China; but it still counts as English in my book.
Despite the fact that Rover group produced a stream of complete dogs, this little car is a gem. It;s not the fastest, most reliable or newest car on the road (the MGF is a 12 year old car now), but it still gives you a great little buzz and smile on a face if you can find a gap between the showers to drive with the roof down. I know I've got one. Will sell to a good owner.
Primark: Cheap shop decent clothes!
This shop is a 3-story building with kids clothes and home ware on the bottom floor, womens clothes on the 1st floor and womens underwear & mens clothes on the 2nd floor.
Primark is a good place to go if youwant something to just wear once, or for clothes that are just going to get wrecked, because u can so easily replace the items!
What to buy: You can buy clothes and home ware in Primark
What to pay: Primark is really cheap and u can get normal plain t-shirts from as little as £3 (thats the only 1 i can remember seeing!) and this shop is definatley cheaper than average!
Martineau Place: Martineau Place
Martineau Place is in Birmingham City Centre and is full of nice places to eat, with around 4/5 places to eat, clothing shops and is a nice place to sit down and relax when you need a break from looking round & shopping.
house of fraser: house of fraser
Birmingham's House of Fraser offers high quality brands in womanswear, menswear, childrenswear, beauty and everything you need for your home. With a personal shopping service, beauty consultation rooms, hair salons, e restaurant and bar, there is everything you need under one roof for a new look.
The Mall Palasades: The Mall Palasades
The clean, bright, well maintained facilities at The Mall Palasades offer a safe and clean shopping environment with a great choice of quality retailers. High street stores including Argos, Oswald Bailey, New Look, Woolworth's, Footlocker, Nickleby's and The Officers Club and many many more, if you don't find what you need here then you will definatly find it outside this small shopping area!
The Fort: The Fort
The Fort is a small shopping complex right next to the dunlop factorys, it has about 20 shops including;
- River Island
- New Look
- First Choice Hloiday Hypermarket
- Marks & Spencers
- BHS (British Homes Stores)
What to buy: When at the fort you can really buy a wide range of things from clothes/accessories to health/beauty to books/music to home accessories.
What to pay: The Fort has high street shops, so you will be expected to pay high street prices, so the items aren't to expensive.
The Pavilions is right next to the Bull Ring in Birmingham's city centre, it consists of 3 floors, it has a restaurant on the top floor and an internet cafe. The other shops included in the Pavilions include, Vigin megastores, Waterstones, The Body Shop, HMV, The Gadget Shop, The Disney Shop, it has not long been finished after having been refurbished.%v*
Bull Ring Rag Market: Bull Ring Rag Market
The market is home to over 350 stalls selling anything from bathroom goods to leather jackets. Prices are very good, although relative to quality. The Rag Market is open from 9am-5pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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