Victoria Square

Birmingham's photogenic central square, with its imposing statues and period buildings, plays host to a delightful Christmas market in December.

On January 10 1901, Council House Square was renamed Victoria Square in memory of the beloved British queen, who died just twelve days later. Today, the square is a mecca for locals and visitors, who come to soak up the atmosphere, attend seasonal events, and admire the square's artwork and architecture.

When you arrive in the square your eye is immediately drawn to its impressive centrepiece. "The River" (affectionately nicknamed "The Floozie in the Jacuzzi") is an ornamental fountain designed by the master sculptor Dhruva Mistry and unveiled in 1993. Queen Victoria is immortalised in Thomas Brock's statue of the monarch, while Antony Gormley's six-metre modern masterpiece "Iron: Man" makes for a striking contrast.

The imposing Big Brum dominates the north side of the square. This clock tower, perched on the Council House, is not as tall as its London namesake, Big Ben, but is nevertheless impressive. The Council House itself is a charming classical building. Completed in 1879, it is home to part of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. To the west is the Birmingham Town Hall, with its Corinthian columns it hosts concerts throughout the year.

Every December, the Frankfurt Christmas Market brings a little German cheer to Victoria Square. Sip on some warming mulled wine as you browse the handcrafted gifts and decorations, or fill up on some hearty German food. Then take the kids for a ride on the market carousel. It's a different vibe altogether in July, when the square is taken over by musicians from home and abroad as part of the Birmingham International Jazz Festival.

You can catch a public bus to Victoria Square or come by train to Birmingham New Street station. The square is a great starting point from which to explore the city, with The Mailbox and the Symphony Hall close by, and Brindley Place and the Bullring Shopping Centre a short walk down a pedestrianised street. Don't forget to check for upcoming concerts and performances on the Live Brum event listings website.

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