St. Martin in the Bull Ring

St. Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham

St. Martin in the Bull Ring

St. Martin in the Bull Ring
4.5
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
About
Welcome to St Martin in the Bull Ring. This is one of the most ancient and contemporary buildings in Birmingham. Most of this Grade II listed church is from the nineteenth century. It was built in 1873 and is an example of gothic Victorian architecture, designed by Alfred Chatwin, from Birmingham, who also worked on the houses of parliament. But St Martin's is much older than that. There has been a church on this site since 1290 and may well have been a simple place of worship here in Saxon times. St Martin's is also a place of worship for a thriving community who refurbished the building in 2000 making it more light and open. In 2009 we created a tea lounge, healing center, and learning and advice service so our hospitality in the heart of the city could be extended. We believe that what Jesus called 'Life in all its fullness' can be discovered right here in the crosscurrents of the marketplace. You are very welcome to come in and walk around.
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John
Leavenworth, KS1,297 contributions
The older cathedral building in Birmingham
Dec 2019
St. Martin in the Bullring – The mother Anglican Church of Birmingham, St Martin was the cathedral for Birmingham until St Phillips, which was built in 1715 as the new church on the hill, was designated as the Cathedral. St Martin’s history is much older and it is in the heart of the oldest part of Birmingham. It has been extensively rebuilt since its origins in 1290, and before that there may have been Saxon religious ceremonies at the site. The current building was built in 1873 and is an example of Gothic architecture designed after the 14th century building. It suffered damages during several German bombings during the Second World War, and has been repaired many times. . Burial registers date from 1554 and by 1780 the churchyard reached capacity. It is used daily and is still known as the mother church of Birmingham. We visited because many of my ancestors were christened or married at St. Martins. Visited late fall 2019.
Written 30 November 2020
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Wolf
Bucharest, Romania116 contributions
good vibration in gothic style
Dec 2019
I visited St. Martin church. A good example of gothic architecture of England. Moreover i felt very good because of positive vibration inside this place. Nice place
Written 14 November 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,128 contributions
Beautiful church
Sep 2020 • Friends
My twin brother Stephen and I had just enjoyed coffees in Cafe Rouge in the Bullring shopping area and on the platform overlooking the shopping area we stopped and took in the great views of St Martin Church In The Bullring .
Constructed on the site of a medieval church in 1873 this beautiful Grade II listed building is a joy to behold.
The spire and clock look fantastic, its quite a big church ,best views in my opinion are from the viewing point by the Nelson Monument, you can take in the grand scale of this Victorian church from this vantage point.
When we visited The Bullring Tavern at 11am we also got some fantastic views of the church from there, its a beautiful church, most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area and easy to locate along Edgbaston Street
Written 17 September 2020
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BobHFilmEditor
Epsom, UK86 contributions
More impressive outside then in.
Feb 2020
Its imposing exterior dominates the small area it inhabits at the end of the shopping mall.
Plenty of places to sit on the first floor opposite the church and enjoy life pacing by.
Written 31 August 2020
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sportybirmingham
Birmingham, UK1,280 contributions
Glad it is open
Jul 2020
Pleasantly surprised to find this lovely church was open unexpectedly this afternoon whilst out doing food shopping.

Popped in for quiet contemplation & prayer.

Sign outside states church is open Thur & Sat 1pm – 4pm both days for prayer.

The stain glass window by the alter is lovely in its detail & design.

As you turn to the left to exit there is an opportunity to light candles for loved ones & learn more about some of the church’s history by reading the plaques & info board around the walls.
Written 9 July 2020
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smiler1956
Birmingham, UK375 contributions
Lunch
Feb 2020
Dropped in for lunch while visiting the city. Shown to a table straight away, service was good and friendly. Great pizzas and an enjoyable cider, set us up for the day's shopping.
Written 14 February 2020
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Shirley C
Birmingham, UK33 contributions
cooling out
Feb 2020
Shirley Tribe used to meet here nearly every day. we chatted and shared food and drink, comforted each other, laughed and joked. Then it was stopped. we wandered to new places, some vowing never to return. its a lovely building. we've got over the 'only 2 biscuits arguments. The building is historical. the pews are great for sorting out my bags. The floral displays are beautiful. unfortunately it is not always a warm welcoming place. I have had allergic reactions because of constant sweeping and spraying during the cuppa and chat on Monday mornings. I sometimes go to the healing service on Tuesdays, meet up with friends then go for a drink, I go to Small heath Baptist Coffee mornings and rarely pop into Wednesday knit and natter at 1pm. The Friday concerts are weekly as before, For a while mattresses were laid out and tired, homeless could lie down. Also hot drinks and snacks were served every day but that soon stopped too. Its the Parish Church of Birmingham and there is still room for improvement.
Written 12 February 2020
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kenbaines
Wrotham, UK513 contributions
Interesting church
Feb 2020
We did not go in, due to a lack of time, but the church looked very interesting - if a little out of place in very modern surroundings! We would hope to go in next time!
Written 10 February 2020
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Jonathan W
Viana do Castelo, Portugal215 contributions
Interesting history of renewal
Jan 2020
Nice church but odd. Clearly a mix of styles Which which while old classic, were clearly new, in part. This was a pre norman church, then a medieval church then....on and on, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, mixing different period elements. Located right next to the shopping mall, free admission
Written 27 January 2020
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,229 contributions
At the centre of Xmas Birmingham
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went on a busy Sunday afternoon in December. In the middle of festive Birmingham.
Lots of eating venues surround it and even a pop up Birmingham hippodrome igloo.
Written 16 December 2019
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