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Victoria Square
Vacation Travel Guide

This public square marks the center of the city. Find historic buildings, famous sculptures and a farmers market.

Visit Victoria Square to see city landmarks, admire sculptures and an ornamental fountain, and shop at the annual Christmas market and craft fair. The square was originally called Council House Square. It took its present name on January 10, 1901, to commemorate Queen Victoria. Curiously, the queen passed away less than two weeks later.

Take time to admire the buildings surrounding the square. On the west side is Birmingham Town Hall, a popular concert venue. Check out its Corinthian columns and Roman-revival architectural style. The Council House occupies the square’s north side. Built between 1874 and 1879, the building houses part of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Look for the clock tower. Locals call it Big Brum, which refers to its likeness to London’s Big Ben.

The square’s artwork offers plenty of photo opportunities. The centerpiece is The River (also known as The Floozie in the Jacuzzi), a large ornamental fountain. Indian sculptor Dhruva Mistry designed it in 1993. Check out the 20-foot (six-meter) tall Iron: Man statue by Antony Gormley and a statue of Queen Victoria created by Thomas Brock.

Come to Victoria Square to enjoy its cultural events. Try German food and mulled wine, and shop for handicrafts at the annual Frankfurt Christmas Market in December. Younger visitors will enjoy riding the market’s carousel. Watch performances by local and international jazz musicians during the Birmingham International Jazz Festival, held in July. Full details of concerts are on the Live Brum event listings website.

Victoria Square marks the heart of Birmingham city center. Major city attractions, such as Symphony Hall and The Mailbox, are a short walk away. A pedestrian-only street runs west to Brindley Place and east to the Bullring Shopping Centre. The nearest train station is Birmingham New Street. Public buses also stop close to the square.

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Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
3 out of 5
Smallbrook, Queensway, Birmingham, England
The price is $62 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hurst Street, The Arcadian, and Birmingham Hippodrome. Bullring Shopping Centre and ...

4/5Very Good! (986 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, from the Receptionist to the cleaners, absolutely loved my stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
2.5 out of 5
21 Ladywell Walk Arcadian Centre, Birmingham, England
The price is $37 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is steps from Chinese Quarter, The Arcadian, and Birmingham Hippodrome. Bullring Shopping Centre and The Mailbox ...

3.9/5Good! (981 reviews)

"Great location for bullring- it isn’t in the grand central / new street station it is still a walk, but only a few minutes. Seems they have renovated the reception area and forgot about the rest of the hotel. Room 315 - dark, outdated, bed was very had and uncomfortable but couldn’t complain too ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham
4 out of 5
Church Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $89 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Birmingham Cathedral and Victoria Square. Bullring Shopping Centre and Birmingham ...

4.2/5Very Good! (568 reviews)

"Staff at the hotel were great. Very helpful and friendly. They replied to queries very quickly and went out there way to help. Room was great, lots of space, nice view intro he interior courtyard and the bathroom was well presented. Overall great experience"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham
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Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
3 out of 5
Smallbrook, Queensway, Birmingham, England
The price is $62 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
2.5 out of 5
21 Ladywell Walk Arcadian Centre, Birmingham, England
The price is $37 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham
4 out of 5
Church Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $89 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham
easyHotel Birmingham
easyHotel Birmingham
3 out of 5
81 John Bright Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $29 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
easyHotel Birmingham
AC Hotel by Marriott Birmingham
AC Hotel by Marriott Birmingham
4 out of 5
160 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, England
The price is $83 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18
AC Hotel by Marriott Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, England
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
4 out of 5
1 Wharfside, Birmingham, England
The price is $81 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
Malmaison Birmingham
pentahotel Birmingham
pentahotel Birmingham
4 out of 5
Ernest Street, Holloway Head, Birmingham, England
The price is $72 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
pentahotel Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham
4 out of 5
245 Broad Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $47 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3
Jurys Inn Birmingham
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