"The Bull Ring" Bullring Tip by leffe3
Bullring, Birmingham: 23 reviews and 30 photos
Once the joy of the city - the concrete, modernist shopping centre of the 1960s highlighted the forward-thinking of the 2nd city. But by the 1980s, as the city and country moved into depression, so the Bull Ring represented the failures of 1960s town planning and poorly built civic pride. It became something of a joke.
But rejuvenation was finally at hand, and, as with other parts of the city centre, the Bull Ring was flattened and rebuilt, into a modern, 21st century shopping centre - 160 shops, including Selfridges and Debenhams alongside more than 25 restaurants. It is now, as it has been since the Middle Ages, the major commercial area of the city, and is the busiest shopping centre in the UK.
It is in part built around the Parish Church of Birmingham - St Martin-in-the-Bull-Ring - a Victorian edifice, built on the site of the original church from the 13th century. The Birmingham Markets are also to be found in the immediate vicinity, also redeveloped concurrently with the Bull Ring to provide a shopping metropolis.
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