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The Beautiful Bullring
Member Name: Zmugzy
Date: 16/01/08, updated on 09/07/09 (1854 review reads)
Advantages: Great place to shop and go the toilet
Disadvantages: Very big
The Bullring is a spectacular building situated right in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Historically the location was a place were drunken men used to gather on a Sunday afternoon after a few tipples down the local. In this place they would gather in circles dressed in their woolly hats, long macks and overalls talking nothing but bulls**t for the rest of the day - hence the name 'Bullring'. You might still see some of their descendents if you hang about for long enough.
The Bullring is very easy to get to. If you're travelling by train New Street and Moore Street train stations are just a short walk away. I wouldn't recommend a visit by car but if you do there are three car parks nearby. Moor Street, Edgbaston Street and Centre Car Parks offer plenty of car parking spaces. There are also about 3000 car park spaces underneath the Bullring but parking here can be a bit expensive at nearly £2 per hour.
The Bullring consists of a series of malls, open spaces, covered walkways and public piazzas, with the two department stores, Debenhams and Selfridges, situated on each side of the complex. Most of the shops are situated between these two main department stores. Inside there are over 160 shops in a three storey complex including the usual outlets: FCUK, Gap, H&M, Top shop, Clarke's, Next, HMV, Principles, Ann Summers, Kookai, La Senza, and River Island. There are plenty of places to eat such as Greggs, Pizza Hut and Burger King. From my own experience, I highly recommend those on low budgets to visit to the decorative food hall where you're likely to be offered samples of food to taste - it might actually get you through the rest of day if you work it properly.
The Bullring has all the facilities that a shopper may need. There are plenty of lifts and escalators to get you around and very helpful customer service desks. There are also toilets on every floor which is handy if you're a homeless person. I found the shops I was looking for generally easy to find. If you do become disorientated, there are high-tech maps at various points to help you out. There are also handy lockers where you can store your heavier shopping items until you are about to leave. There is also plenty on offer for kids including the Bear Factory, an Early Learning Centre and Girl Heaven. The centre also is equipped with a child-watch scheme for lost toddlers. As far as I could make out, all areas seem wheelchair accessible.
This is a truly exhilarating and futuresque shopping experience.
Summary: Birmingham's replenished shopping centre.