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.Add to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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: VariousAdd to your Trip Planner
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.
Admission: FreeAdd to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
any grocery shop in the UK: Wilson's sauce - HP
What to buy: HP sauce is a wonderfully think brown sauce that can be added to any British dish, in order to make it taste of something.
It is said that Harold Wilson, the British Prim Minister in the 1970's always covered his food in the stuff. His working class credentials were this assured.
Originally produced in 1903, it became called 'HP sauce' later, when it was discovered to be on sale in restaurants in the Houses of Parliment.
The Factory in Aston, just north of Birmingham City Centre, has been in the news recently as Heinz (now owners of the brand) wish to switch production to Holland. Marches and petitions may yet save this Birmingham institution.
UPDATE : MARCH 07 - a sad day, the last shift finished last night.
What to pay: Buy a bottle (only about a pound) and taste the delights.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Merry Hill shopping Centre: Merry hell, merry bloody hell
A massive shopping centre only a few miles from the centre of Birmingham with hundred of stores - the usual high street suspects are all here.
As with many 'trendy' schemes the planners came up with a gimmick : a monorail to transport people from the car park.
It lasted less than a year ! Breakdowns and the worries of the Fire Brigade meant it ended up being sold to some place in Austraila (see photo)
One is of course reminded of the 'monorail song' from the simpsons :
Lyle Lanley: Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine,
What'd I say?
Ned Flanders: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley: What's it called?
Lyle Lanley: That's right! Monorail!
[crowd chants `Monorail' softly and rhythmically]
Miss Hoover: I hear those things are awfully loud...
Lyle Lanley: It glides as softly as a cloud.
Apu: Is there a chance the track could bend?
Lyle Lanley: Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
Barney: What about us brain-dead slobs?
Lyle Lanley: You'll be given cushy jobs.
Abe: Were you sent here by the devil?
Lyle Lanley: No, good sir, I'm on the level.
Wiggum: The ring came off my pudding can.
Lyle Lanley: Take my pen knife, my good man.
I swear it's Springfield's only choice...
Throw up your hands and raise your voice!
Lyle Lanley: What's it called?
Lyle Lanley: Once again...
Marge: But Main Street's still all cracked and broken...
Bart: Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!
Homer: Mono... D'oh!Add to your Trip Planner
NEC Exhibition Halls: CRUFTS DOG SHOW SHOPPING
Describe the shop, makes me chuckle!! The Crufts Show at the NEC is 6 exhibit halls chuck full of everything that you could possible want for your canine pet. Collars, leashes, crates, beds, sculptures, paintings, etc. Anything and everything.
My favorite was a sign that said in bold letters: "BIG KNOCKERS"!!! Come to find out they were selling large door knockers detailed with specific breeds.
You can't cover it all in one day--don't even try.
One tip, however: If you see something you want, buy it now. Don't try to find you way back later. You will spend precious time just trying to find the booth and if you do find it they will probably be sold out. Also, if you plan on making a lot of purchases take a trolley with you. Don't try parking at the NEC. It can be a nightmare. Take the train.
What to buy: See above:
What to pay: Any amount you wish.Related to:
- Family Travel
If you get into the shoping centre of Birmingham you can leave until it is the closing time.
Everything you need is in there.
What to buy: Just everything!
What to pay: Not much and also there are sales and special prices in most shopsAdd to your Trip Planner
House of Fraser (formerly called Rackhams): One of the four major Department Stores
Same store but smartened up to compete with Selfridges. As part of the new image they have changed the name (pity). Having said that, we actually preferred the food hall to that of the flashy Selfridges where you feel everyone's a young thing. I think its old age!!! I would have liked a few more really knowledgeable staff to be around in the food hall. I didn't look at the other departments so I can't comment.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Primark: Family Shopping
Every one know that UK is very expensive so when you want to shopping you will find the clothes is high price but there is some shops sell good quality clothe but in cheap price like Primark shops , it,s very good for all family , i buy from it 40 item one time so take my advise think it deserve visit . and the clothes are the same in London and Birmingham
What to buy: you can buy all family clothes
What to pay: pay cheap price in compare in all UK shopsAdd to your Trip Planner
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