Shopping in Birmingham - Seriously Cool
Friday September 25, 2015
With the opening of Grand Central, shopping in Birmingham just got even bigger and even cooler.
- Birmingham is now the only UK city outside London with five city-centre department stores (Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser)
- Put a ring on it! Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is home to over 500 jewellery businesses. This historic (and rather funky) city quarter produces more than 40% of jewellery made in the UK
- Grand Central - new kid on the Birmingham shopping block – wraps around New Street train station. It’s seriously big (450,000 sq ft) and seriously photogenic with more than 60 new shops and restaurants
Image by Verity Milligan
- The city now has four shopping centres – The Mailbox, Grand Central, Pavilions and (last but not least) Bullring. There's something for everyone.
- The super glam Mailbox was once the site of the Royal Mail's main Birmingham sorting office. It is now home to Harvey Nichols and much more
- The exterior of Selfridges at the Bullring is covered in a space-age skin made from 15,000 aluminium disks. It looks fantastic in photos and you can enjoy over 160 other shops (plus oodles of places to eat and drink) at Bullring
- Birmingham has a seriously creative, independent scene. Take a look at Independent Birmingham for the lowdown on the city’s indy shops
- The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is the largest Christmas Market outside Germany and runs for over a month. The market includes a craft fair, so you can buy from local artisans
- Shopping in Birmingham is so major that it has earned a dedicated website. Check out ShoppinginBirmingham for info on all of the city’s stores and lots of useful, practical info.
Tempted to try a Birmingham shopping break? Glam it up by staying at Rotunda. Our chic serviced apartments are right at the heart of the city. Shop and then drop to your heart’s content.