Birmingham Shopping Guide

High Street, Birmingham
High Street, Birmingham - © Danny Robinson

The Birmingham Shopping guide gives an overview of the various shopping facilities the city has to offer. In recent years there has been a lot of shopping developments in Birmingham in keeping with the regeneration and modernisation that has occurred in the area.

Birmingham offers shoppers a range of shopping experiences from traditional high street shopping on well known shopping streets in the city centre to malls such as the famous Bullring to lesser known markets. The central location of Birmingham makes it a popular place to visit for shoppers from surrounding areas. The range of shops attracts shoppers who can find something for them whatever their budgets from budget ranges to upmarket selections. The guide provides a concise guide for travellers on places they may wish to visit.


Shopping Facilities


The Bullring is the largest shopping centre in Birmingham and one of the biggest in the UK. There are over 160 shops for shoppers to browse, including branches of department store giants Selfridges and Debenhams. The Bullring is a shoppers delight with the sheer range of shops on offer these include shops for clothing and fashion, homeware, music, electrical, gifts and accessories, footwear, toys and travel. Shoppers can get refreshments with snacks and meals at the restaurants located here, these offer a range of cuisines. The Bullring has become a well recognised feature in the Birmingham skyline and is synonymous with the city

The Bullring is open 7 days a week, however individual store times vary.

There are public transport links with the closest train stations being New Street Station and Moor Street Stations that are both within walking distance of the Bullring. Local bus services also serve the Bullring with bus terminals located outside New Street & Moor Street Stations.

Parking is available at the Bullring with several car parks in the vicinity.


The Mailbox is shopping and leisure complex located in the centre of Birmingham. There are a range of designer offers from fashion and clothing to lifestyle and contemporary art and furnishings. Among the designer stores for shoppers to visit are, Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani and Hugo Boss and Thomas Pink. In addition there are a number of home & lifestyle outlets such as Bang & Olufsen and H20, hotels and salons such as the Nicky Clarke Salon while the range of restaurants and cafe bars serving a range of cuisines and drinks, with ensure you stay refreshed and ready for your shopping trip.

The Mailbox is a great place for the fashion conscious with designer stores, it is also a place to chill out and relax in the stylish cafes and restaurants.

The Mailbox is open 7 days a week; however individual stores may have varying opening hours.

Car parking facilities are available at the Mailbox, for public transport the closest train station is Moor Street Station.


Pavilions Central shopping centre located in central Birmingham offers shoppers four floors of shops and facilities. At Pavilions shoppers can find shops catering for fashion and clothing, department stores, book shops, lifestyle and homeware, with over 40 retailers to choose from. The top floor is home to the food loft where shoppers can enjoy a snack or a meal there are plenty of options here including British food, Oriental food, Vegetarian food and more.

Pavilions is open 7 days a week, however opening hours for individual stores do vary.

There are several car parks in central Birmingham including those at the Bullring that can be used when visiting the Pavilions. The Pavilions is located close by to the Bullring. Public transport also serves the Pavilions, train stations at New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill are all within a short walk of the shopping centre. Whilst bus services operate to bus terminals located at New Street & Moor Street Stations.


Pallasades shopping centre is located in Birmingham city centre close to Birmingham New Street station. Inside the stores range from clothing and fashion, to accessories and footwear to department stores to electrical & computer stores to sports outlets.

The Pallasades is open 7 days a week; however individual stores times may vary.

The closest train station is New Street, with Moor Street & Snow Hill also close by. Bus services serve Stephenson Street, Corporation Street & Bull Street close by to the shopping centre.


The Great Western Arcade is a shopping arcade located in the centre of Birmingham city centre opposite Snow Hill station. The arcade reminds shoppers of the Victorian heritage of the area, the Victorian architecture provides a unique feel unlike any other shopping destination in Birmingham. The parade was built back in 1876 and has been restored to its former glory. There are over 40 retail units here including those catering for clothing and fashion, gifts and accessories and health and beauty. There is also an art gallery for art fans and a sandwich bar and restaurant for snacks and a bite to eat.

There are several car parks in central Birmingham that can be used when visiting The Great Western Arcade the closest is Snow Hill car park.

The closest train station is Snow Hill with New Street station also in close proximity, bus services serving Colmore Row, Corporation Street and Bull Street can be used by shoppers.


Martineau Place shopping centre is located in Birmingham city centre close to Corporation Street. There are number of retailers here including those catering for fashion and clothing, gifts and accessories, footwear, electrical & technology, homewares and jewellery. There are a number of food outlets here too ensuring shoppers can stop off for a bite to eat and relax before continuing with their shopping.

Martineau is open 7 days a week; however individual stores times may vary.

The closest train stations are New Street, Moor Street & Snow Hill, the complex is located close to the Bullring. Bus services serve Corporation Street & Bull Street close by to the shopping centre.


The Jewellery Quarter is located toward the north west of Birmingham city centre and has over 100 specialists in the jewellery business making a range of jewellery. This unique area produces approx 40% of the total UK jewellery making it an ideal place to visit for jewellery fans or for those on the look out for that special present or gift. Shoppers can get a good deal here on a range of pieces including some exclusive from the workshops. The area has great historical significant with a long history, it has been proposed as a World Heritage Site. With free museums and art galleries to visit, fans of jewellery and travellers in general can enjoy a fascinating visit here.

The Jewellery Quarter train station is close by and is linked to both the train and tram systems in the area. Jewellery Quarter Station is a short ride from Birmingham city centre.

Car parking is provides by multi storey car parks on Vyse Street and Newhall Street, there is also street parking available.


New Street, Corporation Street and High Street offer shoppers with more traditional high street shopping. There are plenty of well known high street shops located here along with smaller independent retailers making for a great mix of shops and shopping facilities for shoppers to experience.


Birmingham offers a range of markets where shoppers can grab a bargain. There are range of goods on offer in the markets with plenty of bargains to be had at the flea, farmers and antique markets.


Bull Ring Markets is a highly acclaimed market, here you will find great prices on a range of goods ranging from food and fresh produce to clothing to furnishings to homeware and plenty more.

The usual opening hours are:

Indoor Market: 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday

Open Market: 9am to 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday


New Street Farmers Market is a place where you can find cheeses that are hand made with interesting names, there is plenty of organic produce on sale here.

The usual opening hours are:

10am to 4.00pm on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month (with variations in December).


Custard Factory provides an eclectic and bohemian mix in the arts and media quarter of Birmingham. There are over 250 small businesses and retailers operating here, shoppers can get a range of items ranging from food and drinks to health and beauty to clothing, fashion and accessories. In addition there are arts and crafts, artwork and more.

The usual opening hours are:

10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday

Flea Market open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday


Maps


Use the Shopping Search map to find the location of shops and shopping centres in Birmingham. The blue markers on the map show the shopping facilities mentioned above. You can also use the local search for Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Tourist Attractions and more. There is also a place finder and phonebook to help your search. To view click on the Birmingham Shopping search link below and ensure your browser is pop up enabled: Birmingham Shopping Map


Tips & Other Considerations


There are variations on the shopping centre and individual shops opening hours, this is dependent on the particular establishment and the particular day of the week.

Visitors will hopefully enjoy their shopping visits to Birmingham, however you should be aware of crowds, those around you and follow common sense measures to ensure your safety and that of your valuables.

Always be aware of your belongings especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to snatch your bag.

Do not leave your shopping bags unattended to minimise the chance of losing them or cases of theft.

If you are travelling by car ensure you park in either in designated car parks or official street parking bays in Birmingham. Carefully check the rules & regulations & ensure you fully understand them. If you are unsure of the rules it is safer not to park there, beware of possible fines and other sanctions that can be used if you park illegally or not in accordance with the rules.

Birmingham and the city centre has been subject to much development and modernisation work including the roads, be alert for car parking rule changes and possible parking suspensions or temporary measures to help avoid fines.


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