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The Bull Ring is one of the best known areas of Birmingham.

Essentially a giant market, it is a great place to head for to pick up a bargain or simply browse for hours.

The Bull Ring

This well-known Birmingham market is found just south of the eastern end of New Street.

There have been markets held on this site for hundreds of years - the unusual name comes from the 16th century when bulls used to be slaughtered here in Birmingham's meat market.

Although there is no longer a meat market here, the Bull Ring is still made up of several other distinct markets, which are held every day except Sundays and Mondays.

All together there are around a thousand stalls held in the Bull Ring each week, selling everything from clothing and jewellery to gifts, antiques and groceries.

The Rag Market and the smaller Row Market are both held on Tuesdays, Fridays and both specialise in clothing, accessories, crafts and bric-a-brac.

The Bull Ring open air market takes place daily except Sundays and Mondays and has stalls selling everything from groceries and household goods to plants.

And the Bull Ring Market Hall is where you will find the main grocery stalls in the Bull Ring, including the massive Fish and Poultry section. As well as grocery stalls, in the Market Hall there are stalls selling everything from household goods to clothes.

Aside from these regular markets the Bull Ring is also home to other more infrequent markets, such as the bi-monthly St Martins Antiques Market.

In recent years Birmingham Council has decided to re-develop the Bull Ring, to bring it more in line with today's rejuvenated city. Several plans have been put forward and so the next few years will see the start of a new era in the Bull Ring.

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