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The Bullring opened in September 2003 in a central Birmingham location which has a rich history in being a market area. After many proposals for redevelopments of the area work finally began in 2000/2001 and created a modern feel to the area.
The Bull ring is as mentioned a central location of Birmingham. The cities 3 main train stations New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill are all close by. New Street station is currently undergoing redevelopment itself so the main entrance and exit is slightly further away around 5 minute walk but normally the main entrance is literally across the road by TK Maxx and leads you into the centre by Boots located on the middle level. Moor Street is similar with an entrance across the road and this brings you into the centre by Selfridges food hall located on the lower level. Snow Hill is slightly further away about 10 minutes walk but still quite easy to get to. Coming from Leamington Spa I am quite lucky in that I can choose the station I go to, New Street stop is normally operated by Virgin and so is slightly higher in price, £12 for a return but Moor Street/Snow Hill is Chiltern and costs £9 return. Virgin is normally slightly quicker and takes around 30 minutes to get there, if I go the Chiltern route it normally takes around 45 minutes depending on which stations it stops off at before, if I get in this route I get off at Moor Street. Whichever station you get off at you wont be far away.
Driving there is fairly simple with roads in and out of the city. The Bull ring has its own car park with over 1000 spaces but also there are others located nearby. Parking in the Bull ring does come at a premium of £16 for a whole day however a 4-6 hour stay is only £8 and this would be a sufficient amount of time to spend there.
If you wish to use other forms of transport then there are various bus routes within the city centre all will go very close to the Bull ring and the airport is about 10 miles away also with its own public transport to get to.
The centre is split into different areas east and west mall and is quite easy to navigate around The Bull ring houses several major stores, the two biggest and most prominent is Selfridges and Debenhams which are both located at opposite ends of the centre. Debenhams is located in the west mall end and stretches out over all 3 floors, Selfridges is similar on 3 floors but operates in the east mall. The centre itself is quite unique in that its not a convention mall, the east and west malls are only joined together by the lower mall section which runs straight through, the middle and upper levels are separated by the walk way down towards the market and church so if you are on middle or upper east/west and want to go into the other one you will have to do this by "leaving" the centre first on the middle level walk way and using the walk way across, this of course is no big issue but the first time I came here I found it very odd! Both east and west malls also have their own main entrances with the big bull located next to them, there are both only around 100 meters apart.
There is no specific areas in which types of shops are located. On all levels there are a wide range of well known stores such as River Island, H&M, Next, Disney store, Boots and so forth so you will need to visit most if not all levels/malls depending on your shopping needs. The only part which I think has an "area" is the food outlets. Now Debenhams has its own café (location I am unsure of) and Selfridges does house a food court on the lower mall, this has well known brands like Krispy Kreme and Yo Sushi. The lower mall area of the Bull ring is the main food area with places like Greggs, Nandos, Burger King and Costa coffee etc, these are all within the lower mall area however if you exit the mall by Nandos on both sides there are other eateries such as Handmade Burger co, Jamies Italian and Browns that are all within the outer areas on the Bull ring building but are accessible by leaving the mall however the walk is around 100 metres away. There are of course other places to eat both within the malls on various levels and outside surrounding roads.
As mentioned above the Bull ring houses both Debenhams and Selfridges, the latter of which is one of only 4 within the UK, the others being in Manchester and London so it is a big draw to those within the Midlands area. Forever 21 is also another big draw as it is the first store to open within the UK and sells a range of men's and women's clothing, to me its a bit like Americas version of H&M only slightly more expensive. There is of course all the usual high street chains such as Boots, River Island, H&M, Topshop and so forth, as a variety range it is very good.
The mall is very good for those with disability problems or have a push chair, there are various lifts located within it and it is very user friendly. Getting into the mall is easy, there's no steps and the doors can be opened by a disabled button should it be required. Escalators also operate in both east and west mall on all floors. There are numerous toilet and changing facilities all clean and tidy however at peak times do expect a little bit of a queue.
I like the Bull ring, its a lovely day out shopping with the various stores there to go into. The layout although at first confused me once you get your mind round it then you should be ok and there are touch street maps located should you require them. Once you have a walk around and visit a few times you do begin to remember where shops are located.
The location of it is very good, all 3 stations very close by as well as being in a central location. I hadn't been into Birmingham before it was built so I don't know what the city looked like before but now I do think its given it a new lease of life. If you go in for the day and get fed up of the Bull ring then there are other different shops located close by as is the German market at Xmas time.
The one thing that bothers me a little about the Bull ring is, although it has a wild variety of cafes and other eateries it does not have a universal seating area with outlets. In Manchester Arndale and Coventry West Orchids these both have big seating areas with various food outlets within that so if you take your family along and cannot agree on what to eat then you can seat in the seated area and all get different things. The Bull ring doesn't offer this which I do think is a big shame, having said that there is a good variety of places to eat.
The Bull ring is a good place to go, I enjoy my shopping days here and I do think it has a lot to offer those who come to it. As a person from Leamington Spa I would quite happily go here regularly if I had more time. Definitely a place to consider for a day out shopping. I am marking it 4 stars, it loses one because it does not have the food court, I think that similar locations and malls do offer this so it is a shame they don't as well.
Being a born and bred Birmingham boy, I still remember the advertising campaign of the Bullring very well. "Europe's new shopping capital isn't in central Europe itself." I couldn't stop laughing at this because at the time I thought it was a load of fudge. An older building calling itself the Bullring was just a bunch of markets. Surely this newer one was just going to be like any other shopping centre I've seen? I remember thinking of all those beautiful cities in Europe, why would Birmingham have the gall to claim that they would give you the best shopping experience. It's now been 8 years since the Bullring opened it's doors to the public and after visiting cities such as London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Rome, Paris, Normandy and Barcelona in that duration, it seemed the Bullring was on to something. No disrespect to the other shopping centres scattered around Birmingham and Europe, but I now believe the Bullring is the greatest shopping centre of Europe. Why? Because I don't have to walk a mile to go to the designer clothes shops when I'm by the restaurants. It's all there under one roof and 3 floors.
With the Bullring becoming the third shopping centre in central Birmingham, following the Pallasades and the Pavilion (both which are in close proximity to the Bullring), as well as a bunch of other streets (Corporation Street and New Street being the most popular, as well as a scene of the recent riots) housing practically every shop you can think of, what was new that the Bullring could offer? Well for starters, some of the shops located in the other 2 centres and the streets, closed their doors to move into the Bullring. But the 2 main attractions of the Bullring had to be the first Selfridges and Debenhams opening in central Birmingham. Located at opposite ends of the Bullring, one side is subsequently called the Debenhams side and the other called the Selfridges side. For those of you that have seen that large purple building with discs on the tele or newspaper, that is the Selfridges store. Selfridges is a 4 floor department store. Selling designer clothes which you won't find in JD Sports, electrical goods, jewellry, cosmetics, perfumes, make up and just about anything else you can think of. The best floor of Selfridges is the bottom floor. Naturally, this is the most busiest. Featuring several mini restaurants, such as Yo Sushi! and Krispy Kreme, as well as a deli, ice cream bar. There's even more which I can't remember, which are very highly priced. The fun on the bottom floor doesn't stop as stationery, ethnic and world foods, sweets, toys and a heck of a lot more of items are available.
For those that haven't been Debenhams, that is also a department store. Just like Selfridges, the Debenhams here is also 4 floors. It sells most stuff Selfridges have, at a fraction of the price. The bottom floor isn't as wild and fun as Selfridges, as there are no mini restaurants. What it does have is a rather empty cafe which serves poor quality food.
So what about the rest of the Bullring? There's a whole lot more than just Debenhams and Selfridges. One noticeable thing is that more people like to hang on the Debenhams side more than the Selfridges side. That's because the middle and top floor of the Selfridges side of the Bullring really doesn't have anything special. On the Debenhams side, you will find more clothes shops. To make the ladies and some gents happy are a 2 floor New Look, a 3 floor H&M, a 2 floor Forever 21, a 2 floor Topshop, Quiz, Henleys store, Miss Selfridge as well as a bunch of others are all part of the Bullring. Besides the clothes stores, a variety of shops such as Boots, Apple Store, O2 shop, Superdrugs, Game, HMV, The Entertainer, Birthdays, Disney Store, Halifax Bank, Ann Summers, Tie Rack, G Star Raw, Mamas & Papas, H Samuel and a lot more which hurt my head trying to think about are all on the Debenhams side. The less popular Selfridges side isn't too bad in what stores it holds. Next, Orange Shop, Thorntons, Republic, JD Sports, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger, Swatch, Lacoste, Armani XChange, Starbucks, Hugo Boss, Fragrance Shop, Costa and many others are a part of Selfridges side of the Bullring.
Besides that, a small tunnel offers a panoramic view of New Street Train Station and links the Pallasades shopping to the Debenhams side of the Bullring and also holds a even more shops. Is that overkill or is it handy? Shops such as TK Maxx, Supercuts, Shoezone, The Card Factory, Animal and Caffe Nero make just a few of the stores.
Toilets are also available. I believe there are 4 toilets located in the Bullring, 2 on the bottom floor, 1 on the middle and 1 on the top, with some having baby changing and disabled access available. They are always kept very clean and look posh. The sinks utilise a glass base and something resembling a shower tap, which I always get a kick out of.
You can imagine being hungry after going to shops such as the ones I just named. The 2 busiest restaurants are Pizza Hut and Nandos. Being right across each other really doesn't help when deciding to go to the other restaurant when you queue for one of them. A Greggs bakery is next to the Pizza Hut and a Burger King is right next to the Nandos. Unfortunately, these are also packed out. Far away from these 4 is the Pizza Express, Jamie's Italian, Wagamama, Del Villagio, Cafe Rouge, Baguette du Monde, Muffin Break, Druckers, Eat and a few others. Naturally, they are very expensive, but you can't argue the price over quality dining.
So how do you park in the Bullring? With so many shops in the Birmingham City Centre, there's bound to be a heck of a lot of car parks. The Edgbaston Street car park is opposite Debenhams and on top of the Bullring markets (the fish reeking building for the small businesses using stalls) and is reasonably priced. The Moor Street car park is opposite Selfridges and is very overpriced. However, if you park at the top floor, the grandest entrance to the Bullring is possible as a panoramic tunnel links the car park's roof with the top floor of Selfridges. It's not really worth losing a chunk of dough over and not for those claustrophobic, acrophobic people. Many smaller car parks are scattered around, but my personal favourite is the Moat Lane car park. It might be cramped, but their prices are fairly decent and parking is free for the disabled. Walking distance to the Bullring is barely 5 minutes, so its very practical. For those that live in the Birmingham area or not too far from it, you would know about 95% of buses go the Bullring, with the bus stops right outside the centre. For others, there's always the train. Many from the nearby cities Lichfield, Leicester, Walsall, Nottingham, Northampton and other cities use the train to stop at one of two stations. New Street Station will stop for you near the Debenhams-Pallasades tunnel, while Moor Street Station will take you right outside the Selfridges entrance. It does make it hard to move at times in the Bullring, with queues having to be made for escalators at times. However it does add to the grandeur-ness of the Bullring and seldom used lifts are always available.
There's no doubt in my mind. I genuinely believe Birmingham has something special with the Bullring. Seeing as the Bullring is just one part of the Birmingham City Centre, you barely scratch the surface visiting Birmingham. Broad Street and Hurst Street, famous for its clubs and restaurants is where the Birmingham nightlife is at. Corporation Street and New Street, as well as the Pavilions and Pallasades shopping centres have even more shops, such as Primark, Oasis, WHSmith, Bhs, Adidas and a range of others. You have to make a visit to Birmingham at least once. And if you do, you'll find not everyone speaks in that stereotypically nasally accent!
Whilst there are many shops in Nottingham, sometimes I like to travel a little further afield to vary the experience, and Birminghams Bull Ring is one of the places I really like to go to shop .
Bizarrely, although the shops are brilliant, before I mention them I'm going to mention the BEST thing about the Bullring shopping centre and Birmingham in general - the 'child-safe zone'. As the mother of an inquisitive 7 year old that likes to toddle off, it's important to know my daughter is safe, so it's great that I can pick up a free child safe wristband for her to wear from the customer service desk in the Bullring. This is a sturdy band with my phone number on the back, so if she gets lost I can be contacted .
If I notice she's lost, I can call a number ( 08702 116 999 ) and be put through to the security team nearest to where I lost her .
This might seem daft, but consider that the Bullring has some 160 shops inside, and it's easy to see why someone could get lost. Although, as an adult navigation is pretty simple, with either end of the Bullring being dominated by a large department store - Debenhams at one end, and Selfridges at the other .
Selfridges is a brilliant shop- selling everything from clothes to electronics. It's the food hall area that really stands out though . Not only can I buy all the American candy I find hard to buy elsewhere, but also fabulous Krispy Kreme donuts, fresh sushi, marinated olives, all manner of tapas, and a wide variety of meals ready prepared and just needing cooking . Oh yes, it's expensive, but it's a great place to stop off for lunch, or to buy some nibbles to take home for later .
The Bullring has many standard stores you'd find in every shopping centre - Game, HMV, ELC, H&M, and JD Sports . But it also has quite a few I don't have in Nottingham , especially when it comes to clothes, with brands like All Saints, Lacoste, Animal, DKNY, and Punky Fish meaning that whatever your style, you can find something to suit .
Children are well looked after with a range of toystores, and technophiles may enjoy taking a look at the Apple store for the latest gadgets and gizmos.
The toilets are spotless, but somewhat puzzling . On my first visit, I came out of the cubicle, and intent on washing my hands, was met with the baffling sight of some taps, above a shining glass shelf. I couldn't find the sink! Having put my bag onto the glass shelf, I soon realised that this was in fact slanted to allow drainage, and this fancy shelf was in fact the sink! Walking around with a wet bottomed handbag all day wasn't fun, so do be aware that the sleek and modern styling of the shopping centre extends to the loos too .
The Bullring has a large carpark, but as I don't drive I travel by train - and it's only a minute or two away from New Street station .
I think the Bullring is a fab place to go shopping - all the shops you want, clean loos when you need them, a centrally located customer service desk, lots of little places to grab a nibble, and the reassurance that my kid is safe . A fab shopping experience .
The Bullring Shopping Centre is located right in the centre of Birmingham and is within easy reach of New Street train station. If you're planning to shop there, train is the best option because parking can sometimes get very busy, especially on Saturdays and during the holidays.
This shopping centre was refurbished back in 2003 and is now host to a vast array of different shops including a massive Selfridges store, taking up 3 levels of the Bullring. Prior to the opening of Selfridges Birmingham, I had not even heard of Selfridges. The store in Birmingham is Selfridge's largest branch outside of London. They have everything from beauty products, to clothing, to sushi. They are located on the egde of the Bullring with a very spectacular mirrored exterior wall.
There are plenty of places to eat including Costa, Greggs, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and numerous food displays within Selfridges.
One thing that I feel that the Bullring lacks is the presence of shoe shops such as Clarks and Barrats. Although there are still a number of shoe stores there, they all seem to stock either trainers or really high heels.
Although Bullring is one of the biggest shopping centres around with many stores, I think that is it more tailored to the fashion conscious, and I much prefer somewhere like Merry Hill which although is smaller, I feel as though I can spend more time there. Although that could possibly be because I have spent so much time at the Bullring ever since I was young.
At the main entrance to the shopping centre lies the famous Bullring bull, a bronze sculpture standing just over 2 metres. A popular spot for people to take photographs and a must see for visitors.
A little showbiz snippet: I believe that the catwalk scenes from channel 4s How To Look Good Naked is filmed in the Bullring.
The Bullring is a large shopping centre located in Digbeth, Birmingham, and is probably my favorite shopping centre so far. Just a two minute walk from Birmingham New Street Train Station and also from Moor Street Station, it is easy to get to even if you do not drive, or do not fancy driving through Birmingham. Digbeth coach station is also only 5 minutes away, so there is even more options of how to get there.
The shopping centre really is huge, and as such is perfect for a full day or even weekend of shopping. All the stores in the centre are massive too, and you can find pretty much everything you need in there, heck if I could live there I would!
Stores inside the Bullring include: O2, Debenhams, Selfridges, Krispy Kreme (inside Selfridges) New Look, Ben Sherman, Jane Norman, Mango, TK Maxx, Pizza Hut, Ann Summers, La Senza, Superdrug, Boots and many, many more. There is in fact over 160 stores in the Bullring, so you can be sure whatever you need to buy is available somewhere in this magnificent place.
There is a wireless internet service at the Bullring, which you can use as a pay as you go option, or if you are already a member of the cloud internet network (also found in McDonalds and Wetherspoons) you can log onto this using your laptop or mobile device with ease. Opening hours for the Bullring are Mon - Fri 9.30am - 8.00pm Saturday9.00am - 8.00pm Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm Bank Holidays 10.00am - 6.00pm.
The Bullring has a car park which is open until midnight and it provides spaces for disabled people and parents with their children. All together there are 3 car parks which serve the Bullring, combing 3000 parking spaces. These car parks are security patrolled and are covered 24 hours by CCTV cameras.
The toilets in the centre are fantastic too, always clean when I have been in there, and well signposted so you can find them easily in the midst of all the shopping. There are actually six sets of toilets in the shopping centre. There is also shopper lockers in the centre, I think you pay a small deposit to use one, whilst you continue with even more shopping. If you need any help with anything, there is a customer service desk on the 2nd level, near to Starbucks, and they will help you with no problems. The staff seem to be really nice and helpful here.
Security regularly patrol the centre, and the whole centre is under 24 hour CCTV surveillence, so you can feel safe and secure while you shop. There is also a lost child/ child safe zone service. You can pick up a wrist band for your child or children from the customer service desk, and you write your mobile number on the back of it, and if your child is found by security, they will call you and help you and your child to be reunited.
If you have mobility problems, there is a Shopmobility store in the Bullring, and they will help you with any questions or items you need to help you to get around the centre easier. This includes mobility scooters and wheelchairs to enable quicker, easier and more comfortable shopping experience for you.
I have already said, and will happily say again, that I love the Bullring. I love the fact the place is so huge, has so many stores that I love to shop in, has plenty of places for food and drink, has stores that many other centres do not have, is all under one massive roof and is just so awesome. The only downside for me to the Bullring is the fact I actually live nearly 200 miles away, but whenever I can get anywhere near Birmingham, a shopping trip to the Bullring is always a must for me, it is just so amazing, and if you have not been there yet, I recommend you go as soon as you can get there, it is truly a shopping experience not to be missed.
If you do not like big places or lots of people, then I do not recommend you go to the Bullring, but no worries, I will happily do enough shopping there for the two of us!
The Bullring is Birmingham's biggest shopping complex, right at the heart of the Midland's capital. Boasting 160 diverse and well known shops, it is a haven for shoppers, with easy access, as it is connected to the main station, Birmingham New Street. Walking about 250 metres gets you to the heart of the Bullring.
The location then, is ideal for shoppers, however, the Bullring has no dedicated car park and relies on those around it. Charges for the car parks can be fairly high and are a disadvantage compared to taking the train. Although, a problem with taking the train is you obviously can't take as much away from the Bullring as you may want, and certainly no heavy or large items will want to be taken on the train.
The selection of shops is good, ranging from home items in stores such as Debenhams, to shops such as HMV and GAME. While the Bullring does not have as many shops as say Meadowhall in Sheffield, there is enough variation there for you not to really notice. Also lacking from the Bullring is a dedicated food court, although there are plenty of outlets, major and indie scattered around the complex.
This though, is a problem running throughout the whole complex, there seems to have been no real thought put into which shops should go where. For instance, next to each other may be a travel company next to a clothes shop next to a game shop. While this isn't a huge problem it certainly does mean that you can wander from one end of the Bullring to the other and back again just trying to go to similar shops.
Overall, the Bullring is a fantastic looking building, housing many brilliant shops, and is definitely worth a visit.
The Bullring is the shopping centre in the centre of Birmingham that has all of your shopping needs within the one location and a fresh, spacious feel to go with it.
The centre itself offers you a wide variety of shops with the likes of Debenhams, Ann Summers, Boots, Card Factory, Disney Store, Early Learning Centre, Gap, Game and many more.
The centre offers over 160 stores and more than 25 restaurants with opening times from 9:30 to 20:00 Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 20:00 Saturday and 11:00 to 17:00 on Sunday.
The centre has lockers, payphones, toilets and other facilities on offer and is well designed plus maintained with the centre always clean and offering plenty of space for shoppers to walk around and find all they could ever want under the one roof.
- Plenty of shops and restaurants on offer
- Clean and well maintained shopping centre
- Spacious and airy shopping experience
- Great variety of shops on offer
- Centrally located
- Excellent facilities on offer
The Bullring is a well thought out and designed shopping centre which offers a fantastic variety of shops and restaurants on offer and all under the one roof.
The Bullring is the UK's largest city centre shopping centre and is located right in the heart of Birmingham. There are over 160 shops over three levels and it is rare that I can't find what I need in there. The best thing about the Bullring is that it is so conveniently located. If you take the train to Birmingham New Street you just take the escalator up to the Pallisades shopping centre and walk through to the Bullring because the two centres are linked by an indoor bridge. It is also easily accessible by foot from all around the city centre.
When the Bullring first came I was not particularly impressed by the way it looked as it is this huge silvery blue blob-like looking thing, covered with silver discs. However I have grown to love it and I have to say that at night it looks pretty impressive! Outside the back entrance towards the direction of Digbeth there are also some nice little water features and steps, which take you down to the market. I often use the Bullring as a throughway even if I am not going shopping as it leads to most places (I'm not quite sure how!).
The shops inside are a bit of a mixture. They range from cheap Sport's World to Karen Millen. For high street fashion it is great with Top Shop, New Look, River Island, Oasis, Warehouse, Mango, Next, Bank, and a few cheaper shops. There is also one of four of the only Selfridges in the country located at one end, which covers a part of every level. On the opposite side there is a Debenhams and this is generally how I navigate myself around. The Bullring has the ground level that you don't need to go outside for but then the second level is split so that you have to walk outside to the doors opposite to visit the other side of the level. The third floor is accessible through two outside doors or you take the appropriate side on the second level to get up by escalator. I have to say this confused me for a while and I still sometimes get confused. I don't know why they did this but it can be highly annoying at times, especially when it's raining.
There are also some food places such as Nando's, Pizza Hut, Cafe Rouge, Del Villagio, Baguette du Monde, Burger King, Costa Coffee and a couple of Starbucks. I like the area between the two parts of the second level because you can sit outside and eat in the summer, although it does get extremely crowded if it's a nice day. Nando's also has a terrace.
The toilets are quite nice for a shopping centre and always seem to be maintained well and reasonably clean most of the time. The lighting is also quite flattering in there!
I would avoid the Christmas Eve and sales rush here and try to go to the late night shopping around these times because it is really an absoloute nightmare to get around sometimes and you end up horribly irritable. Especially when they try to queue control on the escalators and there is a ridiculous queue just to go up or down a level.
Overall I love the Bullring and I think it was one of the best decisions that Birmingham City Council approved. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!
The Bullring is a shopping centre in city centre Birmingham, fairly new, it opened in 2003. It's got very good transport links, you can walk into the centre straight from New Street station (literally up the escalators and you're there!). It also has parking.
It is quite nicely designed (the famous bubble Selfridges exterior is really cool, I think) and is certainly a lot better than what it replaced!
It has the usual array of shops - Debenhams, one of only a few Selfridges, Top Shop (a good one) and so on.
It's all undercover and not far from other shops in Birmingham, both outside ones and the other two centres - the Pavillons and the Pallasades.
There are a few places to eat and grab a drink, but not as many as you would expect for its size. It also lacks anything else to do (eg at Meadowhall, you can ice skate).
It's a good shopping centre and great if you can't drive or don't like driving in cities.
I may be biased to my home town, but shopping in the Bullring is always a fabulous experience!
For the 'second city', they really went to town with this modern shopping centre and it won't fail to impress you and give you something extra!I houses all the big fashion shops but the stores are huge flagship stores, H&M has three floors including all collections (but the full men's collection is just outside the Bullring near New Street Station), Topshop has two large, roomy floors with high ceilings so they never feel suffocating and crowded. There's also a huge New Look and River Island. Infact almost every high street shop has a large store here.
One side houses the unmissable Selfridges building, covered in those silver discs. It truly is an incredible shop, if you can even call it that! Each floor has surprising and luxurious concessions, from high-ened to high street. Check out the food hall for some exotic food!
There are also escalators at each end for each floor, so you don't need to walk far or climb steps to get to and from each stop. There are plenty of toilets, which are clean and pleasant, and coffee shops on almost every floor, so it really is a comfortable trip!
The Bullring in Birmingham is a shopping centre that will satisfy all of your needs. Open til 8pm Monday-Saturday, and 5.30pm on Sundays, it provides the utmost convenience for the busy person.
Getting there: The Bullring is situated in central Birmingham, and provides several car parks for those who wish to drive. These aren't generally cheap however, as you are paying a premium for parking so close to the centre. They are covered, and of the multi-storey variety.
There are also several buses going to the centre of Birmingham, from which the Bullring is only a short walk.
By train, Birmingham New Street Station goes directly to the Bullring, via the Pallisades, without you ever having to go outside. From getting off a train, you can be in the shopping centre within 5 minutes. Birmingham Moor Street is also only a 5 minute walk away.
Inside the Bullring you will find 160 stores covering all your shopping needs. At one end you have a Debenhams department store, the other is Selfridges, in between is a multitude of shops spread over 3 floors, with lifts and escalators for access. There are also several toilets spread about.
To eat there are several restaurants, ranging from Burger King and Pizza Hut, to Greggs, Pizza Express, Nandos, as well as Coffee bars, such as Eat, and Starbucks. If you are planning to eat at the Bullring, it is best to try and avoid peak times, as it does get very busy, and on a Saturday you can often be waiting for a table for more than an hour. There is also the food floor on the ground floor of selfridges, where you can eat a main meal, or buy ice cream, or Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and further along the ground floor of the Bullring is a juice bar.
The centre itself is very modern, and air conditioned. The whole place is non-smoking, and does not accept dogs.
If you are unsure about what to buy someone for a present, the Bullring does a gift card, which can be used in any of their shops, meaning that your recipient has the ultimate choice.
Shops range from Childrens' toys such as the Entertainer and Disney store, to high street names, like next, new look, supergrug, and Jane Norman, to Apple, Currys, House of Chocolate and Fossil, meaning that there truly is something for everyone.
I live in Birmingham so i visit the Bullring on a regular basis. It is a large shopping centre spread over three floors and is always garuenteed to be packed. The best thing about the Bullring is its late opening hours and wide selection of stores, so it allows you to shop around the city centre and still have enough time to come and check out the Bullring before the day is over. For me it contains pretty much everything i need, it has all the big name stores such as Selfridges, H&M, TopShop, Dixons etc etc.
Although being a large shopping centre it is very hard to get lost as the balcanies allow you to peer over to scout out stores and there is also a computer map and regular map located on every floor. There are plenty of seating areas scattered around every floor and also a few coffee shops with outside seating.
Each floor is connected with an elevator, stairwell and escalators and i believe there are toilets on the ground floor and top floor, which are both well maintained and have plush fittings.
There are two entrances/exits to the building and a car park on the ground floor which allows for easy access either by foot or in a vehicle.
The infamous bull outside of the shopping centre attracts a lot of tourists and many people like to take a photo their which is always nice and makes for a happy environment arround the centre.
The security at the bullring is of a high level, there are visible security guards on every floor of the building and on ocassion a few police officers too.
As for entertainment, there is usually something taking place on the ground floor whether it be an indoor trampoline to an exhibition of brand new cars or musical performance, there is usually something to see.
I visited the Bull Ring on Monday 27th October for about 3 hours and really enjoyed the experience.
To review such a huge place I must start with the slightly dull but hopefully helpful points: the mall was very well signposted, essential due to its sheer size, kept very clean, I must have seen three cleaning staff in a three hour time window, that's impressive, it was well staffed with security and had information points, cash points and toilets on every floor. With Selfridges at one end and Debenhams at the other there are a vast variety of shops in between and spread over its three floors. The architecture is lovely with some very eye catching design features, namely the Selfridges escalators and its bulbous metallic exterior corner facing St Martins Cathedral. The mall's lower level runs from one end to the other below ground and the architects have cleverly split the ground and first floor so that the view of St Martins is not obstructed creating a rather attractive avenue and viewing platform effortlessly merging new with old in a successful and eye catching way.
I won't go into the vast array of shops available as their website does that very well.
I had a much-needed refreshment stop in Selfridges' food hall in the Pretzel cafe - very nice, as well as a much needed take out coffee and muffin (chocolate and orange - you must try one!) from Costa Coffee on the ground floor.
We parked in the underground carpark and were pleasantly surprised with the tariff. The Mall is located right next to New Street and Moor street station.
Bank Holidays 10.00am-6.00pm
I wrote this on helphound.com aswell.
When it comes to shopping, The Bullring is a great place to go to immerse yourself in numerous shops, cafes and a great atmosphere. I live about an hour from Birmingham so tend to get the train there to save on parking and you can just walk through the station and into shopping mall heaven.
The Bullring has over 160 shops and 25 cafes which gives you a rough idea of how extensive it is. If that's not enough, being at the heart of Birmingham you only need step outside to check out other shops, attractions and things to do. The Bullring really dates way back to 1166 when the site it's built on was awarded the right to set up marketing. By the 1960s it earned recognition as a centre that inspired revolutionary 'urban planning' and stands as a landmark link between the High Street, New Street & St Martins. As the Bullring centre has upgraded, so has the area around it so there's a lot to offer and a lot to appreciate on a trip there. In case you're wondering about the name, I'm not entirely sure, but there's a big bronze bull outside the centre (guaranteed to have at least one tourist standing next to it posing for a piccy!).
The range of shops, as I've said, is extensive. From electricals, gifts, florists and travel to clothes and music stores. You shouldn't have a problem finding what you need here, or around the Bullring area. There's a lot of well-known shops & department stores catering for all needs and are too numerous to list them all but just to give you a few ideas:
Mamas & Papas / ELC / Pumpkin Patch / The Entertainer
Miss Selfridge / Debenhams/ Karen Millen / Ann Summers
New Look / Office / Schuh / River Island / TK Maxx / Wallis / Topman & Topshop / Next / H&M / Animal / Gap / La Senza
Birthdays / Whittard / Borders / Build-A-Bear Workshop / Clinton Cards
Vision Express / Jessops / Abbey
Claire's Accessories / Punkyfish/Ernest Jones
Savers / The Body Shop / Holland & Barrett
Game Shop / Phones4u / Orange / HMV etc
There's a great selection of cafes and places to eat too including:
Pret-A-Manger, Nandos, Costa, Caffe Nero, Ben & Jerrys (yum!), Druckers, Greggs, Starbucks, Burger King etc
I find that the range of shops is good enough to cover different categories, so it's not just a day spent looking at clothes or expensive designer outlets! It also makes the centre appeal to different budgets because it does have its highstreet stores, like New Look, and also the bigger branches like Next, with designer shops thrown in for those looking to splash out.
The choice of cafes is really good because there's a lot of shops to browse around and it can leave you feeling a little drained and wanting some peace! So whether you're looking for something sweet to eat (Millies Cookies, B&J's), a cup of tea (Nero), a sandwhich (Pret, Greggs) or a sit down meal (Nandos) there's something there to suit you.
The Bullring has a positive atmosphere to it so it's a really enjoyable experience all around. Bear in mind that it can get very busy, especially around Christmas time where you can expect to be queuing for the escalators. If you're not one for being around lots of people, feeling in the middle of 'bussy-ness', then you may feel a tad claustrophobic here. I did the first time I went, but I went fairly close to Christmas. It's a good idea to take plenty of cafe breaks (good excuse for a cookie or two on the side!).
The Bullring is open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 8pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm and bank hols 10am-6pm. The later closing at 8pm during the week is really good (though you can't guarantee all shops will stay open until that time) because it gives those working until 5/6 the chance to have a quick 'mooch'.
The facilities are up-to-date as you'd expect with a modernised shopping area. The centre is now wi-fi enabled, so you can take your laptop and come on DooYoo whilst you have a cuppa in Nero! There's toilets, telephones, lockers, tourist information and parent&child facilities. All around, you should feel as if you have everything at your fingertips. There's also parking if you choose to drive rather than get the train (details available on the bullring site www.bullring.co.uk) and it's also easily accessible by bus.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Bullring because it feels like an all around 'day out'. It's an enjoyable experience with great shops, cafes and restaurants so you can feel able to take your time and enjoy!
The Bullring centre is placed right in the centre of Birmingham, with easy access by rail and car. I arrived by rail; Birmingham New Street station is linked directly to the Bullring, so it was really just a case of going up a flight of stairs and into the centre. When walking into the Bullring, the first thing I noticed was the sheer size and range of shops. Both me and my younger sister found all our favourite shops, along with an amazing 3 floor Next and some designer shops such as Armani. The Selfridge store is also very impressve, stretching over 3 floors and the width of the centre. There is also a large food court, with resturants such as Nandos and the newly renamed 'Pasta Hut'.
The design of the centre is very modern and clean, with large glass fronts on all the shops and a huge glass ceiling which lets in masses of light, making it feel less like a closed in mall. Going outside the Bullring you walk into a large, modern area, with the now famous Bull sculpture.
The Bullring is a great day out for the family or for a great time shopping, and with the rail links is in a central place to get to from anywhere in the country.