6 Quaint Places in Birmingham You Didn’t Know Existed

Bournville village green shops
Bournville village green shops | © Elliot Brown/Flickr

Freelance Travel and Music Writer

From the outside, Birmingham may seem like a concrete jungle. While the city is packed with high-rise buildings and lined with shops, the UK’s second city is also home to a number of quaint places to take a look at when you’re visiting for the first time.

1. Cannon Hill Park

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Cannon Hill Park
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Treat yourself to a day at Cannon Hill Park and you won’t be disappointed. This 250-acre park – just south of the city centre – houses an abundance of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Take mac Birmingham for example; a free-to-enter renowned arts centre with its own amphitheatre and café, right in the middle of the park. Surrounding the picturesque waterside is the park’s very own mini golf – and in the summer you can rent pedalo boats. If that wasn’t enough, to one side you’ve got the Wildlife Conservation Park, and to the other there’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

2. Sutton Park

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Trees at Sutton Park
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With more than 2,400 acres to explore, Sutton Park is definitely a quaint part of Birmingham to visit. One of the largest urban parks in Europe, Sutton Park offers a range of open heathland, lakes and woodlands, plus roaming cattle and wild ponies. The park also boasts a variety of plants and wildlife, has seven lakes and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a National Nature Reserve.

Harborne

Harborne is a picturesque Victorian village in the south of Birmingham, just three miles away from the city. Though its high street may seem like a chain-haven, the outskirts of Harborne manage to retain a country feel, mostly thanks to its array of historic, local-feel pubs, large Victorian-era houses and the popular walking trail in the space of a disused railway line. Harborne is full of character and should be checked out.

Harborne, Birmingham, England, UK

Queen’s Park, Harborne

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