Historic Properties: Westside (Broad Street)
Centenary Square and Hall of Memory
Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2ND
Named in celebration of the centenary of Birmingham's city status (1989), Centenary Square is one of the City's newest public open spaces. The square was originally planned to be the new Civic Centre for the city but was never finished. It is currently undergoing a complete reconstruction.
Opened in 1925, the Hall of Memory is one of only two components of a grand plan by the city council to build a new Civic Centre in the 1920-1930s. This would have consisted of several civic buildings and monuments around a central square. It stands as a memorial to the men and women of Birmingham who gave their lives in the Great War, Second World War and in active service since 1945.
The part built Grade II listed Baskerville House (1938) was the only civic building constructed. Sold by the council in 2000, it was redeveloped into private offices.
The new Library Of Birmingham opened in September 2013 and is a very distinctive building. There are millions of individual items in the collections, dating from the 12th century to the present day.
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The ICC and the Symphony Hall can be found here too. A variety of live events are held in Centenary Square.
No easily accessible wifi. Smoking allowed.
Centenary Square is open at all times. The Hall of Memory is open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday (please check the website for any late changes). Free admission.
Advance booking is not required.
Located west of the city centre on the corner of Broad Street and Easy Row.
Birmingham New Street railway station: 15 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
Centenary Square and Hall of Memory, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2ND
Last Updated Monday 2 March 2020
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