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.
In the heart of Birmingham, just minutes walk from New Street Train Station, the Bull Ring Shopping Centre and the vibrant bars on Broad Street. The International Convention Centre is just across the road. Also near the National Indoor Arena, and only 10 minutes by train from both Birmingham International Airport and National Exhibition Centre.
This centrally located hotel is a 5-minute walk to Birmingham New Street Station and is near the National Indoor Arena, the International Convention Centre, and Bullring Shopping Centre.
Located in The Westside, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Mailbox and Alexandra Theatre. International Convention Centre and Bullring Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes.
Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street is 15 minutes on foot from New Street Station, and a 10-minute walk from the National Indoor Arena. Guests can walk 5 minutes to the shops, pubs, and restaurants of the Brindleyplace canalside development. Cadbury World is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
Located in Convention Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Convention Centre, Big Brum, and Victoria Square. Alexandra Theatre and The Mailbox are also within 10 minutes.
High-rise Jurys Inn Birmingham is a 5-minute taxi ride from Birmingham New Street Train Station, and it's just a little farther to the iconic Bullring Shopping Centre. The International Convention Centre is a 2-minute walk from the hotel.
This modern hotel is adjacent to the International Convention Centre and 150 metres from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Located in Bordesley, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Birmingham Central Mosque and Arcadian Centre. Bullring Shopping Centre and Alexandra Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).