The 10 Most Beautiful Spots In Birmingham, England

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Birmingham may feel like a concrete jungle at times, but it’s also home to some areas of natural outstanding beauty. Here are 10 of the most beautiful spots in Birmingham, perfect for when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Birmingham canals

Often referred to as the epicentre of the country’s canal network, Birmingham’s canals are a thing of beauty. Particularly Gas Street Basin – an area flanked by popular entertainment hubs of Brindleyplace, Broad Street and the Mailbox. Need a pitstop? Take respite at the James Brindley inspired Canal House pub, or the Canalside Cafe just across the water.

Gas Street Basin, Birmingham, England

Canal House pub, 12 Bridge St, Birmingham B1 2JR, England, +44 121 643 8829

Canalside Café, Gas St, Birmingham B1 2JU, England, +44 121 643 3170

Narrowboats in Birmingham

1. Cannon Hill Park


Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
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Way more than just your bog-standard city park, Cannon Hill is a day out for the entire family. Home to five tennis courts, outdoor mini golf, pedalo boats, children’s play areas, picnic areas, a funfair in summer months, the Wildlife Conservation Park – where you’ll find lynx, red pandas and wallabies – and the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), it’s the ideal destination to spend the day.

2. Lickey Hills Country Park


Lickey Hills, Birmingham
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Perhaps one of the most spectacular vantage points around the city, Lickey Hills is a country park with a difference. Beacon Hill, the park’s highest point, rises to a point of around 975 feet and on a clear day, up to 13 surrounding counties can be seen from it. Perfect for a winter’s walk, this place is well worth the drive.

3. Sutton Park


Trees at Sutton Park
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Boasting more than 2,000 acres of open land, Sutton Park attracts two million visitors each year. This breathtaking area of natural beauty lies just six miles north of the city centre and is home to a rare multitude of wild animals and plants.

4. Birmingham Botanical Gardens


Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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Birmingham Botanical Gardens | ©Birmingham Botanical Gardens

5. Woodgate Valley Country Park


Set across more than 450 acres of unspoilt greenlands, Woodgate Valley really is a retreat from the city. Perfect for family walks with the dog and nature spotting, this country park boasts an urban farm, pony trekking centre, café and kids’ play area, with Bourn Brook running through its heart.

6. Aston Hall and Gardens


Aston Hall in Birmingham © Birmingham News Room Flickr
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Aston Hall and Gardens | © Birmingham City Council/Flickr

7. Winterbourne House and Garden

Historical Landmark

You wouldn’t believe this gorgeous house and gardens are in Birmingham! Built for industrialist John Nettlefold in the early 1900s, Winterbourne House and Garden is a brilliant example of Edwardian life both inside the house and outside. Why not take a walk through the various exhibition rooms before stopping off for a spot of afternoon tea in the terrace tea room?

8. Moseley Bog and Sarehole Mill

Moseley Bog, Birmingham | ©Elliott Brown/Flickr

9. Edgbaston Reservoir

If green spaces and flowers aren’t for you, Birmingham has a reservoir not too far from the city centre. Perfect in summer months, Edgbaston Reservoir offers a 2km walking and running route around its circumference, as well as rowing and sailing opportunities.

Edgbaston Reservoir, Birmingham B16 9EA, England

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