In a sense, the Bull Ring Centre in Birmingham is probably the oldest shopping area anywhere. There was a market held on this site in 1154 and there has been continuous retail facilities here ever since. It has to be said, however, that the present Bull Ring Centre only dates from 2003.
Consisting of 4 main buildings, linked to each other underground, the Bull Ring is in the very heart of the city of Birmingham. All buildings are linked with walkways, lifts and escalators, both in the main areas and within the major stores. It incorporates 3 integrated car parks, one of which is linked by an ultra-modern footbridge to the adjacent store.
From the beginning, artwork has been incorporated into the design of the centre. In many open spaces there are art installations of all eras, from the 1809 statue of Nelson to a modern art display near the Rotunda and illuminated fountains in St. Martin’s Square.
There has been a depiction of a bull somewhere since the first centre was built. The current depiction is a large bronze statue in the main atrium, which, on occasions, “talks” to passers by. This provides a constant delight to all ages. With youngsters in mind, there are many activities and events provided around the centre, most particularly in the major school holidays.