Bull Ring Markets
Birmingham’s Historic Bull Ring Markets
Birmingham’s Bull Ring Markets are the heart of the city, and have played an important role in its development since 1166.
Over the centuries Birmingham’s markets have provided local people and businesses with quality produce and products at value prices, which they continue to do today.
The three retail markets – Indoor, Open and Rag – make up the Bull Ring Markets and they occupy a modern retail space that draws on the city’s historic street patterns.
They also play an important part in Birmingham’s role as one of the largest retail centres in the UK.
Quality and value
The markets are home to a dazzling range of foods and goods, and traders with character and expertise who can help you find the right item at the right price.
Bull Ring Indoor Market
With 140 stalls, including the famous fish market, the Indoor Market sells fruit and vegetables, confectionery, carpets and household linens, adults’ and children's clothing, fish, meat and game. Open 9:00am-5:30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Bull Ring Open Market
The Open Market provides 130 stalls and offers excellent range of fresh fruit, vegetables and many other goods, quality service, bargains and much more. Open 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The 350 stalls and 17 perimeter shops that make up the Rag Market are renowned for their extensive range of materials and goods: fabrics, fancy dress, electrical goods and more. Open 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The 21-acre site, based off Pershore Street, has 235 trading units and includes horticultural, fish, poultry and meat markets, as well as warehousing and other accommodation.
Antiques and Collectors Fairs take place regularly at the Bull Ring Rag Market, attracting traders and visitors from across the country.
Car Boot Sales
Commercial car boot sales are not permitted in Birmingham and before holding a car boot sale for charity, you must seek permission from Birmingham City Council.
Sunday Car Boot Sale
This sale of second hand and new goods is held every Sunday morning in the Wholesale Markets Precinct, with over 300 hardstanding pitches available.
Fine Food Market
This is held in Birmingham City Centre every first and third Wednesday of each month.
All streets in Birmingham have been designated as consent streets and are subject to the granting of a Street Trading Consent following consultation with other parties.
To comply with Birmingham City Council's statutory franchise to hold markets and fairs, permission is required to hold a market.
The Markets Team
Birmingham City Council’s Markets Team oversees the running of the retail and the Wholesale Markets, as well as the Sunday Car Boot Sale and the Antiques Market.
Staff also provide assistance to retail markets’ customers at the Markets Customer Centre (please see below for details). Telephone 0121 464 8349, 0121 303 0302 or email:email@example.com
The team also regulates more than 130 street trading locations and licences all subsidiary markets and car boot sales under the franchise rights of Birmingham City Council.
Located within the Bull Ring Rag Market (on the Edgbaston Street corner of the Rag Market, facing St Martin in the Bull Ring Church), the Markets Customer Centre is open between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Indoor Market, Rag Market and Open Market location in Birmingham City Centre
For a map of Birmingham City Centre showing the Market Areas see the Bull Ring Markets Location page.