Birmingham Rag Market

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Birmingham Rag Market
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Open 4 days a week, the Birmingham Rag Market provides market shopping at its best, and is home to 350 stalls, and 17 perimeter shops, selling a massive and diverse range of goods. 'The Rag' is renowned for the extensive range of fabrics it has to offer,in addition to general and alternative goods. The Rag Market is one of three Bull Ring Markets. The other two are the Bull Ring Open Market, and The Bull Ring Indoor Market. The Big Brum Antique Market is also held 10 times a year - see website for details and dates.
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Damian T
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Family
Was down for a few days in Birmingham with the family, staying in the city centre. We always visit markets so this was a must, shopping centres are all the same these days. Went on a Tuesday morning, great market vibe some great things you really have to look, bought some secondhand dvds and videos games for the kids, wife got tights and some fashion shoes and loads of fashion jewellery which she loves, some things as little as 50p. Bought a lovely lamp and some flowers from a stall which I have seen before caravan show I think. Picked up some fresh fruit from the open market which was lovely but that said I always buy from small grocers not supermarkets tastes better.
Written August 21, 2021
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S Shields
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Family
Visited from Ireland and what can I say I couldn’t believe how many fabric stalls haberdashery, wool, crafting, bits n bobs, tools I even bought a second hand Irish walking stick for £1 for the old man. Can’t understand how this place is still going with so many markets shutting down. Nice to see a traditional market still hanging on. Some stalls didn’t open till 930am but we just got a coffee from the cafe in the corner.
Written June 13, 2022
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lablindacd
wolverhampton4 contributions
Excellent haberdashery stalls. I got sewing cotton, gold thread, needles and metallic ribbon. Great pet store. Kitchenware stalls quite good and fabric stalls. Disappointing there are no antiques. Also the cafe is rather sad but there are lots of good eateries nearby. The market buikding is very underwhelming after visiting Leeds Victorian Market and Shrewsbury Markets but Birmingham has better haberdashery stalls! Worth a visit.
Written June 28, 2022
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Gemma A
2 contributions
Solo
This is no longer a Rag Market. I went to buy fabric for dressmaking. The market is now like any other. Cheap items for mobiles, clothes, housewares etc. There were only about 6 fabric stalls and the quality was rubbish. Cheap cottons for £2 a metre. There were a few good haberdashery stalls. There was no yarn at all. Perhaps those stalls haven't reopened. It was quite a journey to get there and I was really disappointed.
Written August 27, 2021
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ChalknCheese N
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Family
Be prepared to ask for prices. Not all stalls have prices clearly available to check. But of you are after Michael miller ,rose and Hubble etc, you won't be disappointed. Lots of cheaper quality poly cottons and polyester for sale but the choice is amazing. I had to video call my sister to check what she want a mo was amazing and patient. Also I wear a sunflower lanyard due to hearing loss and anxiety and every single stall holder I interacted with was fantastic. Out doors there are more stalls including fresh fruit and veg. if you are her highly recommend the fancy silks store which is close by. Wheelchair friendly and easily accessible from multiple entrances with toilets as well. No cash machines but most stall holders take cards. A real family atmosphere in this market and not to busy.
Written October 20, 2021
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Steve P
Southampton, UK770 contributions
Loved it. We do like an indoor market. This one is bustling and colourful and easy to find your way round. It's close to the Bullring shopping centre, but has more intimacy and vibrancy and colour and life. It's like a breath of fresh air. And good bargains can be found!
Written May 6, 2022
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Pauldawnlar
Coventry, UK10 contributions
Family
I have to say I visit lots of markets all over the world and I've never been to such a fantastic place you can get anything there. The haberdashery stalls have everything you would need for crafts and dress making . I love the vintage stalls they always fascinate me, fancy dress , phone accessories , handbags , Rolex watches ,kitchen accessories at great prices ,household stalls like an Aladdin's caves and material like you have never seen. if you have never been you need to go. I love the rag market and when ever I'm in Birmingham I just have to go .
Written September 17, 2014
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Ocean34
Hayes, Kent36 contributions
Solo
I am a quilter and always after fabrics. Having read the reviews for Birmingham Rag Market, I decided to pay the markets a visit. I live in Kent, so it's not just round the corner for me. Went up there yesterday and within 10 mins of reaching the outside market, bought my first metre of fabric. In fact I bought lots of fabrics from the outside market, St Martins Market and the inside market where they sell the meat. The fabrics were cheaper than where I live so I was having a great time. I particularly wanted oriental design fabrics for a special project I'm going to be working on soon.
After visiting the outside market and St Martins Market I went over to the indoor market where they sell the meat. There are a few stalls in there that sell things other than meat. I found the only fabric stall in there, which had so many lovely fabrics. This stall was the most expensive of all the fabric stalls I had visited but still cheaper than where I live. I spent a long time in there and chose 4 different fabrics, 2 oriental designs and 2 cotton. The guy said I could go round the front, even tho you can actually go inside his stall. Whilst I went round the front he cut and packed the material I wanted to buy. I paid just under £17 for 3.5 metres of fabric.
This morning I decided to measure all the materials I had bought. All the materials were cut over a metre except the materials from the guy in the covered market. 2 of the fabrics were cut right on the metre/half metre which is fine, but two were cut well short of a metre! One was cut at 37" with a chunck out of it and the other was cut at 35.5", both well short of 1 metre/39.3/8" (shown in inches as clearer on photos). As these were the two most expensive fabrics that I had bought yesterday, I am not pleased at all. This was not by accident. All the fabric guys use a metre ruler to measure and cut their material!! If the guy says £5.99 a metre I expect to pay £5.99 but I also expect to get a metre of fabric.
Unfortunately there is nothing I can do as I live so far away, but I would advise you to watch when your material is being cut.
The other stalls were fine. Also bought some fruit and veg. which was also very cheap. Wish I could have bought more, but couldn't carry it all. Yes you can get lots of bargains.
The rating is low for the rip off fabric merchant in the covered market where they sell the meat.
Written September 5, 2014
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Thank you for your review of the market. I'm sorry you had a bad experience with a trader. You say that the fabric trader was in the indoor market where they sell meat. This is the Bull Ring Indoor Market. It looks like you have reviewed the wrong market. There are three Bull Ring Markets. The Bull Ring Indoor Market, where they sell meat and fish, the Bull Ring Open Market - where they sell mainly fruit and veg, We are the Bull Ring Rag Market - that is the indoor market between the other two. Open 4 days a week, the Birmingham Rag Market is home to 350 stalls, and 17 perimeter shops, selling a massive and diverse range of goods. ‘The Rag’ is renowned for the extensive range of fabrics it has to offer, in addition to general and alternative goods. Any customer who has a problem with anything that they have bought on any of the 3 Bull Ring Markets can visit the MCC (markets customer centre) situated in the Bull Ring Rag Market. A markets officer will endeavour to sort the problem out there and then. You could also phone them on 0121 464 8349. The Bull Ring Open Market and the Bull Ring Indoor Market are not listed on Tripadvisor (hence the visitors pictures of the fruit and veg stall on the Bull Ring Open Market). I've contacted Tripadvisor about this but not had any success.
Written September 14, 2014
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happygalway
galway24 contributions
Family
We love the rag market and have just returned from birmingham with lots of goodies from here. They have pretty much any and everything. Always buzzin and full of life. We are planning our return visit here.
Definately great place and u have the bullring beside it.
Written June 19, 2014
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Muhammed Salman
Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan60 contributions
Family
Poorly organised and managed with nothing much unique or discounted options to go through. More over the available things also are suspicious in their quality
Written July 7, 2019
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